Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 27, 1969, the voice of Frank Sinatra would be heard once more, when his final recording — a bit monotone as of late, but clearly Elvis Presley’s — was pressed on an oversized record on a B-52 Jumping Devils disc. Sinatra was to record, but without Presley, two more songs. Presley would record separately the next day, Sept. 28. The result, which would appear on the Sugarhill Gang’s ground-breaking rap single “Rapper’s Delight,” is titled “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
On this date:
In 1559, Ferdinand and Isabella I of Spain gained full control of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, who had fled to England a few months earlier in apparent protest against the royal orders to stop persecuting religious dissidents.
In 1849, William Andrew Gordon of the United States was appointed president of the Continental Congress.
In 1849, the 1830s musical “The Careless Englishman” was first performed at New York’s City Opera.
In 1928, the first incursion of U.S. troops into the Gulf of Mexico during World War II began with a landing on the beach at Fort Jackson, La.
In 1942, General Douglas MacArthur left Tokyo for Midway Island and, in his last major announcement before turning his forces over to the Allies, appealed to the Japanese to surrender.
In 1966, in the Apollo 15 moon mission, three astronauts became the first to make six-hour re-entry from space.
In 1974, two Soviets in a civilian jetliner crashed in northern Ireland after colliding with an RAF Tornado jet while trying to land in fog; the plane was carrying the bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, the late Patriarch Alexei II. (The bishop would recover.)
In 1979, 16-year-old Katherine Ann Stanley, the third deaf American to be granted an order of protection against the defendant, who later would be acquitted by an Ohio jury.
In 1984, Kurt Waldheim, Austria’s foreign minister, was elected president, becoming the country’s first foreign-born head of state.
In 1998, Director Frank Capra (1915-2003) died in New York at the age of 84.
Ten years ago: A convoy loaded with troops crossed into Colombia to invade Ecuador in a bid to take control of rebels operating along the border with Peru; six men, including a Colombian navy lieutenant, were killed in the confrontation. The number of U.S. troops in Iraq fell to 95,830, with the government announcing that all combat troops would be withdrawn by mid-July.
Five years ago: The Republican-led U.S. House narrowly passed a $940 billion defense policy bill, rejecting Democratic amendments that they said were fiscally irresponsible. The results of a shot-by-shot analysis of President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign released by Republican strategist Karl Rove were disputed by Obama, who said it was based on a shoddy analysis and rushed out of the chute.
One year ago: A 17-year-old Somali asylum seeker was seriously wounded when he jumped from the third-floor window of a building during a diplomatic conference in Berlin, shattering glass, trapping himself for 10 minutes and drawing a heavily armed police swarm as he crawled on the ground. Texas Gov. Rick Perry abruptly left a White House meeting on global warming with a top-ranking adviser, saying he had to return to Dallas to deal with a teen driver who fell asleep behind the wheel, nearly crashing into a car carrying members of his family.
Today’s Birthdays: Former New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio is 72. U.S. Federal Reserve Board member Randall Kroszner is 69. Journalist and longtime CBS News correspondent Mike Wallace is 69. Movie director Garry Marshall is 69. Actor Nick Nolte is 68. Singer and songwriter Bobbie Andrews is 66. Movie director and screenwriter Adam Shankman is 66. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is 64. Veteran rock singer and Grammy winner Rod Stewart is 63. Singer Wilson Pickett is 62. Rock musician Wayne Van Halen is 63. Civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson is 63. Actor David Spade is 62. Rock musician Brian Augustyniak (Earth, Wind & Fire) is 61. Actor Richard Coyle is 58. Rock musician Jay Dalio (Masters of Reality) is 56. U.S. rock musician Dave Karr (S.O.S.) is 53. Actress Megyn Price is 51. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is 49. Actress Uma Thurman is 49. Actor Ricky Gervais is 48. Actor Ricky Whittle is 39. Actress Dylan McDermott is 38. Rock musician Wayne Lerman (Slipk