September 28, 1842, FREE SPEECH: In New York, the first grand jury indictments in America against publishers of obscene books were issued: People v. Richard Hobbes and People v. Henry R. Robinson. In addition, indictments were issued against the five print shop owners and bookstand operators used by the two publishers. Titles named in the indictments: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure; Memoirs of the Life and Voluptuous Adventures of the Celebrated Courtesan Mademoiselle Celestine of Paris; The Cabinet of Venus Unlocked; The Curtain Drawn Up, or The Education of Laura; The Confessions of a Voluptuous Young Lady of High Rank; The Amorous Songster or Jovial Companion; The Lustful Turk; The Amorous History and Adventures of Raymond De B— and Father Andouillard; The Auto-Biography of a Footman.
September 28, 1868, BLACK HISTORY: one of the worst outbreaks of violence during Reconstruction took place in Opelousas, La. The event started with three local members of the KKK-like Knights of the White Camelia beating newspaper editor Emerson Bentley, who had promoted voter registration and education for all. After some African Americans came to his rescue, bands of armed white mobs roamed the countryside and began killing. More than 200 African Americans and 30 whites died in the Opelousas Massacre, according to estimates.
September 28, 1919, BLACK HISTORY & Race Riots: a major race riot erupted on this day in Omaha, Nebraska. A white mob of about 4,000 people lynched and burned the body of Willie Brown, an African-American who was being held in the county jail. The mayor of Omaha, who was white, was almost lynched by the mob, which did set fire to the county courthouse. The origin of the riot lay in racial conflict in the extensive city stockyards and meat packing plants. (A similar conflict underlay the East St. Louis race riot that began on July 2, 1917.) The lynching of Willie Brown was spurred by rumors that he had raped a white woman. (Later reports by the police and U.S. Army investigators determined that the victim had not made a positive identification.) The riot lasted for two days, and ended when over 1,200 federal troops arrived to restore order. Although martial law was not formally proclaimed, for all practical purposes it existed, with troops remaining in the city for several weeks.
September 28, 1962, BLACK HISTORY & James H Meredith: federal marshals, patrolmen from the Texas – Mexico border, and 110 Army engineers with 49 trucks, van, tractor-trailers, and Jeeps loaded with equipment arrived in Memphis, TN in anticipation of a showdown regarding the admission of Meredith. September 28, 1968, BLACK HISTORY & Black Panthers: Huey P. Newton was sentenced to 2 to 15 years in state prison. September 28 – November 29, 1968, The Beatles after live performances: “Hey Jude” #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Hey Jude" was released in August 1968 as the first single from the Beatles' record label Apple Records. More than seven minutes in length, it was at the time the longest single ever to top the British charts. It also spent nine weeks at number one in the United States, the longest for any Beatles single. "Hey Jude" tied the "all-time" record, at the time, for the longest run at the top of the US charts. The single has sold approximately eight million copies and is frequently included on professional critics' lists of the greatest songs of all time.
September 28 - October 4, 1968: The Rascals’ Time Peace: The Rascals Greatest Hits is the Billboard #1 album.
September 28, 1976, BLACK HISTORY & Mohammed Ali: Ali defeated Ken Norton in the fifteenth and final round at Yankee Stadium. Though Norton is ahead through the first eight rounds, Ali pulls through to win all but one of the subsequent rounds. As with Frazier the year before, this bout ends the three-fight series between Ali and Norton. click → NYT Ali defeats Norton
September 28, 1987, ADA: disabled people demanding better access to mass transit systems across the nation blocked buses at a transit association convention, while the number of arrests in two days of protests rose to at least 54. ''It's a very emotional issue for disabled people to have to come out here and do this,'' said Judy Heumann of the World Institute on Disability, an organization based in Berkeley.
September 28, 1994, Feminism: the House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), enhancing states' ability to respond to domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. September 28, 2000, Feminism: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the use of mifepristone (RU-486) for the termination of early pregnancy, defined as 49 days or less.