This Day in History - July 28

July 28

1540 – Henry VIII of England marries Catherine Howard; Thomas Cromwell is beheaded on Tower Hill in England

1615 – French explorer Samuel de Champlain discovers Lake Huron

1741 – Italian violinist and composer, Antonio Vivaldi, dies

1750 – German organist and composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, dies

1776 – The 16th and 27th Continental Regiment and several British ships arrive at Horn’s Hook, New York

1794 – Robespierre is beheaded in France

1808 – Sultan Mustafa of the Ottoman Empire is deposed and his cousin Mahmud II gains the throne

1814 – Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley elopes with a 17-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin

1835 – King Louis-Philippe of France survives an assassination attempt

1844 – English poet and Jesuit priest, Gerard Manley Hopkins, is born

1863 – Confederate, John Mosby, begins a series of attacks against the Army of the Potomac

1864 – At the Battle of Ezra Church, Georgia, Confederates under General John Bell Hood make a third failed attempt to break General William Sherman’s hold on Atlanta

1866 – Children’s author, Beatrix Potter, is born

1868 – The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees citizenship to all those born or naturalized in the US, is adopted

1887 – French artist, Marcel Duchamp, is born

1898 – Spain, through the offices of the French embassy in Washington, DC, requests peace terms in its war with the US

1901 – American labor leader, Harry Bridges, is born

1901 – Singer, Rudy Vallee, is born

1902 – Poet and novelist, Kenneth Fearing, is born

1902 – Austrian and English philosopher, Karl Popper, is born

1907 – Founder of Tupperware, Earl Silas Tupper, is born

1914 – Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, beginning WWI

1920 – Pancho Villa surrenders to the Mexican government

1923 – Indian agent, James McLaughlin, dies

1927 – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, John Ashbery, is born

1927 – Physician and medical researcher, Baruch Blumberg, is born

1929 – Wife of President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis is born

1932 – The Bonus Army of impoverished WWI veterans is violently pushed out of Washington, DC

1938 – Peruvian politician, Alberto Fujimori, is born

1941 – A Japanese army lands on the coast of Cochin, China

1943 – Basketball player and US Senator, Bill Bradley, is born

1943 – The worst British bombing raid on Hamburg so far virtually sets the city on fire, killing 42,000 German civilians

1945 – A B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City, killing 13

1945 – The US Senate approves the charter establishing the UN

1954 – President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, is born

1965 – President Lyndon Johnson sends an additional 50,000 troops to South Vietnam

1968 – Nobel Prize-winning German chemist, Otto Hahn, dies

1976 – An earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 magnitudes flattens Tangshan, a Chinese industrial city in the dead of night.  While nearly everyone was asleep in their beds rather in the relative safety of the streets, the death toll was particularly high.  Some 242,000 were killed making this the third deadliest earthquake in recorded history and the worst since 1737

1988 – Israeli diplomats arrive in Moscow for the first time in 21 years

1990 – A fire at an electrical substation causes a blackout in Chicago and some 40,000 are without power for up to three days

1990 – Maximo Menendez goes into a coma after drinking a Colombian soft drink, Pony Malta de Bavaria, in Miami, Florida.  The following day the drink was tested and found to contain a lethal dose of liquid cocaine.  After pulling remaining bottles of Pony Malta off local store shelves, 45 were found to contain liquid cocaine, and it was determined a smuggling operation had gone awry.  Menendez died in August, and Hugo Riosand and Alberto Gamba for tampering with the bottles

1990 – Rapper, actor, and producer, Soulja Boy, is born

1991 – Dennis Martinez of the Montreal Expos pitches a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers

1996 – Discovery of remains of a prehistoric man near Kennewick, Washington, casts doubts on accepted beliefs of when, how and where the Americas were populated

2004 – Nobel Prize-winning English biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist, Francis Crick, dies

2005 – The IRA announces an end to its 30-year armed campaign in Northern Ireland

2005 – Britain experiences its most costly tornado to date, causing 40 million Sterling Pounds of damage to Birmingham in just four minutes, but there were no fatalities

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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