A Blast from the Past

By United Press International  |  Sept. 28, 2002 at 3:04 AM
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Today is Sept. 28.

It was on this date in 1982 that the first news reports appeared of deaths in the Chicago area from tainted Extra-strength Tylenol. A total of seven people, including a 10-year-old girl, died after swallowing capsules that had been laced with cyanide. While the case remains unsolved, it did lead to new tamper-proof packaging for consumer products.

The Greeks defeated the Persians at Marathon on this date in 490 B.C. A Greek soldier ran 26 miles to tell the Athenians of the victory and then dropped dead after his announcement. His feat of endurance provided the model for the modern marathon race.

The first night football game in America took place on this date in 1892. Mansfield State Normal School (now Mansfield University) hosted Wyoming Seminary at Smythe Park in Mansfield, Pa.

More sports history: baseball's biggest scandal broke on this date in 1920 when a grand jury indicted eight Chicago White Sox players for throwing the 1919 World Series with the Cincinnati Reds. One of those indicted was "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. "Say it ain't so, Joe."

And it was on this date in 1989 that former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos died in exile in Hawaii. Marcos had been ousted three years earlier during a "People's Revolution" that swept Corazan Aquino, widow of slain opposition leader Benigno Aquino, into power.

We now return you to the present, already in progress.

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