Today is Wednesday, Sept. 29, the 273rd day of 2004. There are 93 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 29, 1978, Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment just over a month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.

On this date:

In 1789, the U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

In 1829, London's reorganized police force, which became known as Scotland Yard, went on duty.

In 1918, Allied forces scored a decisive breakthrough of the Hindenburg Line during World War I.

In 1943, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship Nelson off Malta.

In 1954, the movie musical "A Star Is Born," starring Judy Garland and James Mason, had its world premiere at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.

In 1963, "The Judy Garland Show" premiered on CBS.

In 1963, the second session of Second Vatican Council opened in Rome.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II became the first pope to visit Ireland as he arrived for a three-day tour.

In 1982, seven people in the Chicago area died after unwittingly taking Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide.

In 1988, the space shuttle "Discovery" blasted off from Cape Canaveral marking America's return to manned space flight following the "Challenger" disaster.

Ten years ago: The House voted to end the age-old practice of lobbyists buying meals and entertainment for members of Congress. The first phase of jury selection in the O.J. Simpson murder trial ended, with a pool of 304 potential jurors chosen.

Five years ago: Vice President Al Gore abruptly moved his presidential campaign headquarters from Washington D.C. to Nashville to get "out of the Beltway and into the heartland." The Associated Press reported on the alleged mass killing of civilians by U.S. soldiers in the early days of the Korean War, beneath a bridge at a hamlet called No Gun Ri.

One year ago: The White House denied that President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, had leaked a CIA agent's identity to retaliate against an opponent of the administration's Iraq policy. President Bush signed legislation to ratify the Federal Trade Commission's authority to set up a national do-not-call list for telemarketers.

Today's Birthdays: Movie director Michelangelo Antonioni is 92. Actress Lizabeth Scott is 82. Actor Steve Forrest is 80. Actress Anita Ekberg is 73. Actor Eddie Barth is 73. Singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 69. Actor Ian McShane is 62. Jazz musician Jean-Luc Ponty is 62. Lech Walesa, the former president of Poland, is 61. Television-film composer Mike Post is 60. Actress Patricia Hodge is 58. TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 56. Rock singer-musician Mark Farner is 56. Rock musician Mike Pinera is 56. Country singer Alvin Crow is 54. Actor Drake Hogestyn is 51. Singer Suzzy Roche (The Roches) is 48. Actor-comedian Andrew "Dice" Clay is 46. Singer-musician Les Claypool is 41. Actress Jill Whelan is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Devante Swing (Jodeci) is 35. Actress Emily Lloyd is 34. Actress Natasha Gregson Wagner is 34. Actress Rachel Cronin is 33. Country musician Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive) is 31. Country singer Katie McNeill (3 of Hearts) is 22.

Thought for Today: "Nothing makes people so worthy of compliments as occasionally receiving them. One is more delightful for being told one is delightful - just as one is more angry for being told one is angry." - Katharine Fullerton Gerould, American writer (1879-1944).


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