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History's Happenings for September 28

Battle of Yorktown Commences

General George Washington

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William the Conqueror Lands in England

William the Conqueror

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U.S. Navy Abandons Flogging

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Black Sox Scandal Peaks

Shoeless Joe Jackson

In baseball's most notorious story, seven Chicago White Sox players were indicted on September 28, 1920 for throwing the 1919 World Series in exchange for bribes from professional gamblers. The Cincinnati Reds won the Series in eight games.

The seven players -- Eddie Cicotte, Happy Felsch, Chick Gandil, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Fred McMullin, Swede Risberg, and Lefty Williams -- were banned from baseball for life for having accepted bribes to lose the Series. An eighth player, Buck Weaver, was banned because he knew the fix was in but did not report it.

The 1919 team became known as the Black Sox.

Nazis And Soviets Partition Poland

Following the surrender of Warsaw yesterday, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany officially partitioned Poland on this day in 1939, in accordance with their secret pact of August 25th.

The Soviets, who had occupied eastern Poland on September 17, ruled a sector extending to the Polish city of Brest Litovsk, the same city in which Imperial Germany and the new Bolshevik regime in Russia had agreed to a tenuous peace in 1917.

In the space of time between their occupation of eastern Poland on the pretext of "restoring peace and order" during the nation's dissolution, and the Nazi attack on Russia in 1941, the Russian sector of Poland saw its share of atrocities, including mass murders and deportations to the mines of Siberia.

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