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September 28th, 48 BC

Pompey the Great is assassinated on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt

Pompey the Great is assassinated on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt.

Wikipedia  Photo: Roman statue of Pompey, at the Villa Arconati a Castellazzo di Bollate (Milan, Italy). It was brought there from Rome in 1627 by Galeazzo Arconati.

September 28th, 235

Ancient Rome was a thriving civilization that began growing on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 8th century BC. Located along the Mediterranean Sea and centered on the city of Rome, it expanded to become one of the largest empires in the ancient world Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the battle of Pharsalus Roman Empire Decline and Fall of Rome

Roman Empire:
235 - Pope Pontian resigns. He and Hippolytus, church leader of Rome, are exiled to the mines of Sardinia.
351 - Battle of Mursa Major; the Roman Emperor Constantius II defeats the usurper Magnentius.
365 - Roman usurper Procopius bribes two legions passing by Constantinople, and proclaims himself Roman emperor.

Wikipedia  Photo: ● Ancient roman statue ● Detail of Head from Roman Statue of Antinous, credit Corbis ● Statue of Neptune, Trevi Fountain, Rome ● International Sand Sculpture Festival, FIESA 7 ancient Rome.
Temple of Venus Genetrix, Rome Relief from a 3rd-century sarcophagus depicting a battle between Romans and Germanic warriors; the central figure is perhaps the emperor Hostilian / Depiction of the Menorah on the Arch of Titus in Rome.

September 28th, 1779

American Revolutionary War Collage

American Revolutionary War:
1779 - Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.
1781 - American forces backed by a French fleet begin the siege of Yorktown, Virginia.

Wikipedia  Paintings: Washington Crossing the Delaware, by Emanuel Leutz; Battle of the Chesapeake, French (left) and British (right) lines; Battle of Bunker Hill, The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill by John Trumbull; The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, September 13, 1782, by John Singleton Copley; Washington and the Comte de Rochambeau at Yorktown, 1781; "The surrender at Saratoga" shows General Daniel Morgan in front of a French de Vallière 4-pounder; Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown by (John Trumbull, 1797).

September 28th, 1928

Sir Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin

Sir Alexander Fleming notices a bacterium-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin.

Wikipedia  Photo: Bacteriologist Alexander Fleming made a chance discovery from an already discarded, contaminated Petri dish. The mold that had contaminated the experiment turned out to contain a powerful antibiotic, penicillin. However, though Fleming was credited with the discovery, it was over a decade before someone else turned penicillin into the miracle drug for the 20th century.

September 28th, 2008

Second launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 and the first launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft

SpaceX launches the first private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.

Wikipedia  Photo: SpaceX Falcon 9 ● A Falcon 9 v1.0 launches with first Dragon spacecraft ● Falcon 9 booster tank at the SpaceX factory, 2008.