On This Day, Sept. 28, 1995 – PLO and Israel Transfer West Bank, Gaza Control

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1995 – Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an accord that finally transferred control of the West Bank.

The Olso Accord of 1993 provided for the creation of a Palestinian interim self-government, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). The Palestinian Authority would have responsibility for the administration of the territory under its control. The Accords also called for the withdrawal of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from parts of the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

It was anticipated that this arrangement would last for a five-year interim period during which a permanent agreement would be negotiated (beginning no later than May 1996). Remaining issues such as Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, Israeli settlements, security and borders would be part of the “permanent status negotiations” during this period.


1066 – England was invaded by William the Conqueror who claimed the English throne.

1781 – During the Revolutionary War, American forces began the siege on Yorktown, VA.

1787 – Congress voted to send the new Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for their approval.

1850 – The U.S. Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment.

1850 – U.S. President Millard Fillmore named Brigham Young the first governor of the Utah territory. In 1857, U.S. President James Buchanan removed Young from the position.

1892 – The first nighttime football game in the U.S. took place under electric lights. The game was between the Mansfield State Normal School and the Wyoming Seminary.

1915 – The British defeated the Turks in Mesopotamia at Kut-el-Amara.

1924 – The first around-the-world flight was completed by two U.S. Army planes when they landed in Seattle, WA. The trip took 175 days.

1939 – During World War II, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed upon a plan on the division of Poland.

1955 – The World Series was televised in color for the first time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The 1955 World Series matched the Brooklyn Dodgers against the New York Yankees, with the Dodgers winning the Series in seven games to capture their first championship in franchise history.

1961 – “Dr. Kildare” premiered on NBC-TV.

1963 – “She Loves You” by the Beatles was played on the radio by Murry The K in New York. It is believed that this was the first time a Beatles song was played in the U.S.

However, that claim is disputed as this YouTube video shows.

1967 – The first mayor of Washington, DC, Walter Washington, took office.

1968 – The Atlanta Chiefs won the first North American Soccer League Championship.

1972 – Communist China and Japan agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations.

1974 – First Lady Betty Ford underwent a mastectomy to remove a lump in her breast.

1978 – Don Sherman, editor of Car & Driver, set a new Class E record in Utah. Driving the Mazda RX7 he reached a speed of 183.904 mph.

1984 – Bob Hope showed outtakes of his 34 years in television on NBC.

1991 – In response to U.S. President George H.W. Bush’s reduction of U.S. nuclear arms Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to reciprocate.

1997 – The 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) was held in New York City, NY. The official debut of the DVD format was featured.

2000 – The Federal Drug Administration approved the use of RU-486 in the United States. The pill is used to induce an abortion. AP

Sources: On-This-Day.com; Wikipedia.org