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What happened on May 28? There are more than 282 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About May 28

May 28 is the 148th day of the year 2017. There are 217 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 21st week of the year 2017.

On this day in Watertown, Wisconsin 53094 sunrise will occur at 10:19 AM and sunset will occur at 01:25 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Gemini. The modern birthstone for this month is Emerald while the mystical birthstone is Sapphire.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 267 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 19, 2018).

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Historical Events For May 28

  • 585 BC
    A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Battle of the Eclipse, leading to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated.
  • 1503
    James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor are married according to a Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI. A Treaty of Everlasting Peace between Scotland and England signed on that occasion results in a peace that lasts ten years.
  • 1533
    The Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declares the marriage of King Henry VIII of England to Anne Boleyn valid.
  • 1588
    The Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 men, sets sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel. (It will take until May 30 for all ships to leave port).
  • 1644
    Bolton Massacre by Royalist troops under the command of the Earl of Derby.
  • 1754
    French and Indian War: in the first engagement of the war, Virginia militia under 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeat a French reconnaissance party in the Battle of Jumonville Glen in what is now Fayette County in southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • 1798
    The United States Congress empowers president John Adams to enlist 10,000 men for service in case of a declaration of war or invasion of the country’s domain. It also authorizes Adams to instruct commanders of ships-of-war to seize armed French vessels preying upon or attacking American merchantmen about the coast.
  • 1830
    President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act which relocates Native Americans.
  • 1892
    In San Francisco, California, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club.
  • 1905
    Russo-Japanese War: The Battle of Tsushima ends with the destruction of the Russian Baltic Fleet by Admiral Togo Heihachiro and the Imperial Japanese Navy.
  • 1918
    The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic and the Democratic Republic of Armenia declare their independence.
  • 1926
    28th May 1926 coup d'état: Ditadura Nacional is established in Portugal to suppress the unrest of the First Republic.
  • 1930
    The Chrysler Building in New York City officially opens.
  • 1932
    In the Netherlands, construction of the Afsluitdijk is completed and the Zuiderzee bay is converted to the freshwater IJsselmeer.
  • 1934
    Near Callander, Ontario, the Dionne quintuplets are born to Oliva and Elzire Dionne; they will be the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
  • 1936
    Alan Turing submits On Computable Numbers for publication.
  • 1937
    The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, D.C., who pushes a button signaling the start of vehicle traffic over the span.
  • 1940
    World War II: Belgium surrenders to Germany to end the Battle of Belgium.
  • 1940
    World War II: Norwegian, French, Polish and British forces recapture Narvik in Norway. This is the first allied infantry victory of the War.
  • 1942
    World War II: in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazis in Czechoslovakia kill over 1,800 people.
  • 1951
    British radio comedy programme The Goon Show was broadcast on BBC for the first time.
  • 1952
    The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
  • 1958
    Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro’s 26 July movement, heavily reinforced by Frank Pais Militia, overwhelm an army post in El Uvero.
  • 1961
    Peter Benenson’s article The Forgotten Prisoners is published in several internationally read newspapers. This will later be thought of as the founding of the human rights organization Amnesty International.
  • 1964
    The Palestine Liberation Organization is formed.
  • 1974
    Northern Ireland’s power-sharing Sunningdale Agreement collapses following a general strike by loyalists.
  • 1975
    Fifteen West African countries sign the Treaty of Lagos, creating the Economic Community of West African States.
  • 1977
    In Southgate, Kentucky, the Beverly Hills Supper Club is engulfed in fire, killing 165 people inside.
  • 1979
    Constantine Karamanlis signs the full treaty of the accession of Greece with the European Economic Community.
  • 1982
    Falklands War: British forces defeat the Argentines at the Battle of Goose Green.
  • 1987
    19-year-old West German pilot Mathias Rust evades Soviet Union air defenses and lands a private plane in the Red Square in Moscow. He is immediately detained and will not be released until August 3, 1988.
  • 1991
    The capital city of Addis Ababa, falls to the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, ending both the Derg regime in Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Civil War.
  • 1993
    Eritrea and Monaco join the United Nations.
  • 1995
    The Russian town of Neftegorsk is hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that kills at least 2,000 people, half of the total population.
  • 1996
    U.S. President Bill Clinton’s former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and the Governor of Arkansas Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.
  • 1998
    Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of nuclear tests by India with five of its own codenamed Chagai-I, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions. Pakistan celebrates Youm-e-Takbir annually.
  • 1999
    In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper is put back on display.
  • 2002
    NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance.
  • 2002
    The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.
  • 2003
    Peter Hollingworth becomes the first Governor-General of Australia to resign his office as a result of criticism of his conduct.
  • 2004
    The Iraqi Governing Council chooses Ayad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, as prime minister of Iraq’s interim government.
  • 2008
    The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty.
  • 2010
    In West Bengal, India, a train derailment and subsequent collision kills 141 passengers.

Who Were Born On May 28?

  • 1140
    Xin Qiji, Chinese poet (d. 1207)
  • 1371
    John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy (d. 1419)
  • 1524
    Selim II, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1574)
  • 1582
    William Fiennes, 1st Viscount Saye and Sele, English statesman (d. 1662)
  • 1588
    Pierre Séguier, Chancellor of France (d. 1672)
  • 1641
    Janez Vajkard Valvasor, Slovenian polymath (d. 1693)
  • 1660
    King George I of Great Britain (d. 1727)
  • 1676
    Jacopo Riccati, Italian mathematician (d. 1754)
  • 1692
    Joseph Butler, English philosopher (d. 1752)
  • 1738
    Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French physician (d. 1814)
  • 1759
    William Pitt the Younger, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1806)
  • 1763
    Manuel Alberti, Argentine priest and head of state (d. 1811)
  • 1779
    Thomas Moore, Irish poet (d. 1852)
  • 1807
    Louis Agassiz, Swiss-born zoologist and geologist (d. 1873)
  • 1818
    P.G.T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (d. 1893)
  • 1836
    Alexander Mitscherlich, German chemist (d. 1918)
  • 1836
    Friedrich Baumfelder, German composer, conductor, and pianist (d. 1916)
  • 1837
    George Ashlin, Irish architect (d. 1921)
  • 1837
    Tony Pastor, American vaudeville performer (d. 1908)
  • 1841
    Sakaigawa Namiemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 14th Yokozuna (d. 1887)
  • 1853
    Carl Larsson, Swedish painter (d. 1919)
  • 1858
    Carl Rickard Nyberg, Swedish inventor (d. 1939)
  • 1872
    Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (d. 1917)
  • 1878
    Paul Pelliot, French sinologist (d. 1945)
  • 1879
    Milutin Milanković, Serbian geophysicist (d. 1958)
  • 1883
    Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (d. 1978)
  • 1883
    Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian revolutionary and politician (d. 1966)
  • 1884
    Edvard Beneš, Czech politician (d. 1948)
  • 1886
    Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (d. 1954)
  • 1888
    Jim Thorpe/Wa-Tho-Huk, American pentathlete, decathlete, fotball, baseball and basketball player (d. 1953)
  • 1888
    Kaarel Eenpalu, Estonian Prime Minister (d. 1942)
  • 1888
    Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot, English, eccentric first wife of American poet, T.S. Eliot (d. 1947)
  • 1889
    Richard Réti, Austrian-Czech chess grandmaster (d. 1929)
  • 1892
    Sepp Dietrich, German officer (d. 1966)
  • 1900
    Tommy Ladnier, American musician (d. 1939)
  • 1908
    Ian Fleming, English author (d. 1964)
  • 1909
    Red Horner, Canadian hockey player (d. 2005)
  • 1910
    Georg Gaßmann, German politician (d. 1987)
  • 1910
    Lady Rachel Kempson, English actress (d. 2003)
  • 1910
    T-Bone Walker, American singer (d. 1975)
  • 1911
    Dame Thora Hird, British actress (d. 2003)
  • 1911
    Fritz Hochwälder, Austrian playwright (d. 1986)
  • 1912
    Herman Johannes, Indonesian scientist and politician (d. 1992)
  • 1912
    Patrick White, Australian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1990)
  • 1914
    W. G. G. Duncan Smith, British World War II pilot (d. 1996)
  • 1915
    Joseph Greenberg, American linguist (d. 2001)
  • 1916
    Walker Percy, American author (d. 1990)
  • 1917
    Papa John Creach, American fiddler (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) (d. 1994)
  • 1918
    Johnny Wayne, Canadian comedian (Wayne and Shuster) (d. 1990)
  • 1921
    Heinz G. Konsalik, German novelist (d. 1999)
  • 1922
    Lou Duva, American boxing trainer
  • 1922
    Roger Fisher, American law professor
  • 1923
    György Ligeti, Hungarian composer (d. 2006)
  • 1923
    Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Indian actor and politician (d. 1996)
  • 1925
    Bülent Ecevit, Prime Minister of Turkey (d. 2006)
  • 1925
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone
  • 1931
    Carroll Baker, American actress
  • 1933
    John Karlen, American actor
  • 1934
    Annette Dionne, Dionne quintuplets
  • 1934
    Cecile Dionne, Dionne quintuplets
  • 1934
    Emilie Dionne, Dionne quintuplets (d. 1954)
  • 1934
    Marie Dionne, Dionne quintuplets (d. 1970)
  • 1934
    Yvonne Dionne, Dionne quintuplets(d. 2001)
  • 1936
    Betty Shabazz, American civil rights activist (d. 1997)
  • 1936
    Claude Forget, French-Canadian politician
  • 1938
    Jerry West, American basketball player
  • 1938
    Prince Buster, Jamaican ska and rocksteady musician
  • 1940
    Maeve Binchy, Irish novelist
  • 1940
    Shlomo Riskin, American rabbi, founder of the Lincoln Square Synagogue
  • 1941
    Beth Howland, American actress
  • 1942
    Stanley B. Prusiner, American neurologist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1943
    Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (d. 2004)
  • 1943
    Terry Crisp, Canadian hockey coach
  • 1944
    Billy Vera, American actor and singer-songwriter
  • 1944
    Faith Brown, British actress
  • 1944
    Gary Stewart, American singer (d. 2003)
  • 1944
    Gladys Knight, American R&B and soul singer and actress
  • 1944
    Jean-Pierre Léaud, French actor
  • 1944
    Patricia Quinn, Northern Irish actress
  • 1944
    Rudy Giuliani, 107th Mayor of New York City
  • 1945
    Hunter “Patch” Adams, American physician and social activist
  • 1945
    John Fogerty, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  • 1945
    John N. Bambacus, American politician
  • 1946
    Satchidanandan, Indian poet
  • 1946
    Skip Jutze, American baseball player
  • 1947
    Lynn Johnston, Canadian cartoonist
  • 1947
    Sondra Locke, American actress
  • 1947
    Zahi Hawass, Egyptian egyptologist
  • 1949
    Wendy O. Williams, American vocalist (Plasmatics) (d. 1998)
  • 1950
    Ian Bradley, British writer and academic
  • 1950
    Kamala, American professional wrestler
  • 1952
    Russell J. Wintner, American film executive
  • 1953
    Arto Lindsay, American guitarist and singer
  • 1954
    Andy Hamilton, British comedian
  • 1954
    John Tory, Canadian politician
  • 1954
    Townsend Coleman, American voice actor
  • 1954
    Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (d. 1988)
  • 1955
    John McGeoch, Scottish guitarist (Siouxsie and the Banshees, Public Image Ltd.) (d. 2004)
  • 1955
    Mark Howe, American ice hockey player
  • 1956
    Jerry Douglas, American dobro player
  • 1956
    Julie Peasgood, British actress
  • 1956
    Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (d. 1980)
  • 1957
    Ben Howland, American college basketball coach
  • 1957
    Colin Barnes, English footballer
  • 1957
    Kirk Gibson, American baseball player
  • 1959
    John Morgan, British etiquette expert (d. 2000)
  • 1960
    Mark Sanford, 115th Governor of South Carolina and Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina
  • 1961
    Michelle Collins, British actress
  • 1962
    Brandon Cruz, American actor
  • 1962
    James Michael Tyler, American actor
  • 1962
    Roland Gift, English singer (Fine Young Cannibals)
  • 1963
    Gavin Harrison, British drummer (Porcupine Tree)
  • 1963
    Houman Younessi, Iranian-born scientist
  • 1964
    Armen Gilliam, American basketball player
  • 1964
    Christa Miller, American actress
  • 1964
    David Baddiel, British comedian and television presenter
  • 1964
    Jeff Fenech, Australian boxer
  • 1964
    Phil Vassar, American country singer
  • 1964
    Zsa Zsa Padilla, Filipino singer
  • 1965
    Chris Ballew, American bassist (The Presidents of the United States of America)
  • 1966
    Ashley Laurence, American film and television actress
  • 1967
    Emma Kennedy, English television presenter and actress
  • 1967
    Glen Rice, American basketball player
  • 1968
    Kylie Minogue, Australian actress and singer
  • 1969
    Justin Kirk, American actor
  • 1969
    Mike DiFelice, American baseball player
  • 1969
    Rob Ford, 64th Mayor of Toronto
  • 1970
    Bobby Bognar, American singer (The Piper Downs)
  • 1970
    Glenn Quinn, Irish actor (d. 2002)
  • 1970
    Ian Cashmore, English actor and paranormal investigator
  • 1970
    Jimi Goodwin, British bassist, vocalist and guitarist (Doves)
  • 1970
    Morgan Fox, Canadian model and 1990 Playboy playmate
  • 1970
    Paul Sinha, British stand-up comedian
  • 1971
    Ekaterina Gordeeva, Russian figure skater
  • 1971
    Isabelle Carré, French actress
  • 1971
    Marco Rubio, American politician, senator from Florida
  • 1972
    Doriva, Brazilian footballer
  • 1972
    Kate Ashfield, British actress
  • 1972
    Michael Boogerd, Dutch cyclist
  • 1973
    Marco Paulo, Portuguese footballer
  • 1974
    Alicia Minshew, American actress
  • 1974
    Hans-Jörg Butt, German footballer
  • 1975
    Charmaine Sheh, Hong Kong actress
  • 1976
    Alexei Nemov, Russian gymnast
  • 1976
    Glenn Morrison, Australian rugby league player
  • 1976
    Liam O'Brien, American voice actor
  • 1976
    Roberto Goretti, Italian footballer
  • 1977
    Elisabeth Hasselbeck, American television panelist (The View)
  • 1977
    Jeremy Borash, American professional wrestling announcer
  • 1978
    Rufa Mae Quinto, Filipino actress and comedienne
  • 1979
    Jesse Bradford, American actor
  • 1979
    Joeri Jansen, Belgian athlete
  • 1979
    Monica Keena, American actress
  • 1979
    Ronald Curry, American football player
  • 1980
    Mark Feehily, Irish vocalist (Westlife)
  • 1980
    Miguel Pérez, Spanish footballer
  • 1981
    Aaron Schock, American politician
  • 1981
    Adam Green, American singer-songwriter
  • 1981
    Daniel Cabrera, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981
    Eric Ghiaciuc, American football player
  • 1982
    Alexa Davalos, American actress
  • 1982
    Desiree del Valle, Filipino actress
  • 1982
    Jhonny Peralta, Dominican baseball player
  • 1983
    Humberto Sanchez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1983
    Steve Cronin, American footballer
  • 1983
    Toby Hemingway, British actor
  • 1984
    Beth Allen, New Zealand actress
  • 1985
    Carey Mulligan, British actress
  • 1985
    Colbie Caillat, American singer-songwriter
  • 1985
    Konstantinos Mendrinos, Greek footballer
  • 1986
    Berrick Barnes, Australian rugby player
  • 1986
    Charles N'Zogbia, French footballer
  • 1986
    Joseph Cross, American actor
  • 1986
    Michael Oher, American football player
  • 1988
    David Perron, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1988
    Percy Harvin, American football player
  • 1990
    Kyle Walker, English footballer
  • 1999
    Cameron Boyce, American child actor
  • 2010
    Prince Louis of Bourbon, elder son of Prince Louis, Duke of Anjou

Who Died On May 28?

  • 576
    Saint Germain of Paris, French bishop (b. 496)
  • 1023
    Wulfstan, English archbishop and writer (b. ?)
  • 1357
    King Afonso IV of Portugal (b. 1291)
  • 1509
    Caterina Sforza, Countess of Forli (b. 1463)
  • 1556
    Saitō Dōsan, Japanese daimyo (b. 1494)
  • 1672
    John Trevor, English politician (b. 1626)
  • 1747
    Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French writer (b. 1715)
  • 1750
    Emperor Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1720)
  • 1787
    Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer (b. 1719)
  • 1805
    Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer (b. 1743)
  • 1808
    Richard Hurd, English Bishop of Worcester and writer (b. 1720)
  • 1811
    Henry Dundas, Scottish politician (b. 1742)
  • 1816
    Ras Wolde Selassie, Ethiopian warlord (b. c. 1745)
  • 1828
    Daikokuya Kōdayū, Japanese castaway (b. 1751)
  • 1831
    William Carnegie, 7th Earl of Northesk, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1756)
  • 1843
    Noah Webster, American writer and lexicographer (b. 1758)
  • 1849
    Anne Brontë, English novelist and poet (b. 1820)
  • 1864
    Simion Bărnuţiu, Romanian philosopher and politician (b. 1808)
  • 1878
    John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1792)
  • 1916
    Ivan Franko, Ukrainian writer (b. 1856)
  • 1927
    Boris Kustodiev, Russian painter (b. 1878)
  • 1937
    Alfred Adler, Austrian psychologist (b. 1870)
  • 1940
    Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse (b. 1868)
  • 1946
    Carter Glass, American politician (b. 1858)
  • 1947
    August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal (b. 1907)
  • 1948
    Unity Mitford, English fascist sympathizer (b. 1914)
  • 1953
    Hori Tatsuo, Japanese writer (b. 1904)
  • 1968
    Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Soviet sniper (b. 1908)
  • 1971
    Audie Murphy, American actor and soldier (b. 1924)
  • 1971
    Jean Vilar, French actor (b. 1912)
  • 1972
    King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom (b. 1894)
  • 1975
    Ezzard Charles, American heavyweight boxing champion (b. 1921)
  • 1976
    Steffan Danielsen, Faroese painter (b. 1922)
  • 1978
    Arthur Brough, English actor (b. 1905)
  • 1980
    Rolf Nevanlinna, Finnish mathematician (b. 1895)
  • 1981
    Mary Lou Williams, American singer (b. 1910)
  • 1981
    Stefan Wyszyński, Polish Cardinal Archbishop of Warsaw (b. 1901)
  • 1982
    Lt Col H. Jones VC, British army officer (b. 1940)
  • 1983
    Erastus Corning 2nd, American politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany, New York (b. 1909)
  • 1984
    Eric Morecambe, British comedian (Morecambe and Wise) (b. 1926)
  • 1988
    Sy Oliver, American jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • 1994
    Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer (b. 1916)
  • 1994
    Julius Boros, American golfer (b. 1920)
  • 1998
    Phil Hartman, Canadian actor and comedian (b. 1948)
  • 2000
    George Irving Bell, American mountaineer (b. 1926)
  • 2001
    Francis Bebey, Cameroonian-born French musician and novelist (b. 1929)
  • 2001
    Francisco Varela, Chilean biologist and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • 2001
    Joe Moakley, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (b. 1927)
  • 2002
    Jean Berger, German composer (b. 1909)
  • 2003
    Ilya Prigogine, Russian-born Belgian physical chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1917)
  • 2003
    Martha Scott, American actress (b. 1912)
  • 2003
    Oleg Makarov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1933)
  • 2004
    Francis Brunn, German juggler (b. 1922)
  • 2004
    Umberto Agnelli, Italian automobile executive (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    David Lane, American white nationalist (b. 1938)
  • 2007
    Marquise Hill, American football player (b. 1982)
  • 2007
    Toshikatsu Matsuoka, Japanese politician (b. 1945)
  • 2008
    Beryl Cook, English painter (b. 1926)
  • 2008
    Robert Justman, American television producer (b. 1926)
  • 2010
    Gary Coleman, American actor (b. 1968)


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