Today is Sept. 27.
In 2001, taking further steps following the terrorist attacks on the U.S., President Bush asked the nation's governors to assign National Guard troops to help protect commercial airports. He said armed sky marshals in plainclothes would soon begin riding some flights.
On this date in 1964, the Warren Commission said it found no conspiracy in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. After a 10-month investigation, the commission said that Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin, acted alone.
Warsaw fell to the Germans on this date in 1939. The defenders of the Polish capital were no match for 19 days of heavy air raids and artillery bombardment from the Nazis. World War II was less than a month old at this point.
George Stephenson's Stockton & Darlington's line in England operated the first locomotive to pull a passenger train on this date in 1825. One commentator warned that the railroad would turn stay-at-homes into gad-abouts, honest men into liars, and encourage intellectual decline.
It was on this date in 1954 that NBC's "The Tonight Show" made its television debut with host Steve Allen. The late-night show has gone through numerous changes since then, and yet remains a top-rated program that sets the standards for all variety/talk shows. Allen served as host until 1957, followed over the years by Jack Parr, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.
And it was on this date in 1998 that St. Louis Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire set an all-time major-league season home run record when he hit his 70th home run. He had earlier broken Roger Maris's season record of 61 home runs.
We now return you to the present, already in progress.