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What happened on July 28? There are more than 256 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 July 28

July 28 is the 210th day of the year 2016. There are 156 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 30th week of the year 2016.

On this day in Ames, Iowa 50014 sunrise will occur at 11:05 AM and sunset will occur at 01:36 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Leo. The modern birthstone for this month is Ruby while the mystical birthstone is Ruby.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 184 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (January 28, 2017).

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Historical Events For July 28

  • 1364
    Troops of the Republic of Pisa and of the Republic of Florence clash in the Battle of Cascina.
  • 1540
    Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of treason. Henry marries his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, on the same day.
  • 1794
    Maximilien Robespierre is executed by guillotine in Paris during the French Revolution.
  • 1809
    Peninsular War: Battle of Talavera – Sir Arthur Wellesley’s British, Portuguese and Spanish army defeats a French force led by Joseph Bonaparte.
  • 1821
    José de San Martín declares the independence of Peru from Spain.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Ezra Church – Confederate troops make a third unsuccessful attempt to drive Union forces from Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1868
    The 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is certified, establishing African-American citizenship and guaranteeing due process of law.
  • 1896
    The city of Miami, Florida is incorporated.
  • 1914
    World War I: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia after Serbia rejects the conditions of an ultimatum sent by Austria on July 23 following the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand.
  • 1932
    U.S. President Herbert Hoover orders the United States Army to forcibly evict the “Bonus Army” of World War I veterans gathered in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933
    Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Spain are established.
  • 1935
    First flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.
  • 1942
    World War II: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin issues Order No. 227 in response to alarming German advances into the Soviet Union. Under the order all those who retreat or otherwise leave their positions without orders to do so are to be immediately executed.
  • 1943
    World War II: Operation Gomorrah – The British bomb Hamburg causing a firestorm that kills 42,000 German civilians.
  • 1945
    A U.S. Army B-25 bomber crashes into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building killing 14 and injuring 26.
  • 1948
    The Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foils a bullion robbery in the “Battle of London Airport”.
  • 1955
    The Union Mundial pro Interlingua is founded at the first Interlingua congress in Tours, France.
  • 1957
    Heavy rain and a mudslide in Isahaya, western Kyūshū, Japan, kill 992.
  • 1965
    Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announces his order to increase the number of United States troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.
  • 1973
    Summer Jam at Watkins Glen: 600,000 people attend a rock festival at the Watkins Glen International Raceway.
  • 1976
    The Tangshan earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 moment magnitude flattens Tangshan in the People’s Republic of China, killing 242,769 and injuring 164,851.
  • 1993
    Andorra joins the United Nations.
  • 1996
    The remains of a prehistoric man are discovered near Kennewick, Washington. Such remains will be known as the Kennewick Man.
  • 2001
    Australian Ian Thorpe becomes the first swimmer to win six gold medals at a single World Championships.
  • 2002
    Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours underground.
  • 2005
    The Provisional Irish Republican Army calls an end to its thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland.
  • 2005
    Tornadoes touch down in a residential areas in south Birmingham and Coventry England, causing £4,000,000 worth of damages and injuring 39 people.
  • 2008
    The historic Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare burns down for the second time in 80 years.
  • 2010
    Airblue Flight 202 crashes into the Margalla Hills north of Islamabad, Pakistan, killing all 152 people aboard. It is the deadliest aviation accident in Pakistan history and the first involving an Airbus A321.

Who Were Born On July 28?

  • 1347
    Queen Margaret of Durazzo, consort of Charles III of Naples (d. 1412)
  • 1659
    Charles Ancillon, French Huguenot pastor (d. 1715)
  • 1746
    Thomas Heyward, Jr., American signer of the Declaration of Independence (d. 1809)
  • 1750
    Fabre d'Églantine French dramatist and politician (d. 1794)
  • 1796
    Ignaz Bösendorfer, Austrian piano manufacturer (d. 1859)
  • 1804
    Ludwig Feuerbach, German philosopher (d. 1872)
  • 1815
    Stefan Dunjov, Bulgarian military figure (d. 1889)
  • 1844
    Gerard Manley Hopkins, English poet (d. 1889)
  • 1857
    Ballington Booth, English-born Salvation Army officer (d. 1940)
  • 1860
    Elias M. Ammons, American politician (d. 1925)
  • 1860
    Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia (d. 1922)
  • 1863
    Hussein Khan Nakhichevanski, Russian general (d. 1919)
  • 1866
    Beatrix Potter, English author (d. 1943)
  • 1867
    Charles Dillon Perrine, American-born Argentine astronomer (d. 1951)
  • 1872
    Albert Sarraut, French politician (d. 1962)
  • 1874
    Ernst Cassirer, German philosopher (d. 1945)
  • 1879
    Lucy Burns, American suffragist (d. 1966)
  • 1887
    Marcel Duchamp, French painter (d. 1968)
  • 1891
    Ron Oxenham, Australian cricketer (d. 1939)
  • 1896
    Barbara La Marr, American actress (d. 1926)
  • 1898
    Lawrence Gray, American actor (d. 1970)
  • 1900
    Catherine Dale Owen, American actress (d. 1965)
  • 1901
    Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball player (d. 1979)
  • 1901
    Rudy Vallee, American entertainer (d. 1986)
  • 1902
    Karl Popper, Austrian-born British philosopher (d. 1994)
  • 1907
    Earl Tupper, American inventor of Tupperware (d. 1983)
  • 1909
    Aenne Burda German publisher (d. 2005)
  • 1909
    Malcolm Lowry, English novelist (d. 1957)
  • 1914
    Carmen Dragon, American composer (d. 1984)
  • 1915
    Charles Townes, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1916
    David Brown, American film producer (d. 2010)
  • 1922
    Jacques Piccard, Belgian-born Swiss undersea explorer (d. 2008)
  • 1923
    Ray Ellis, American record producer and arranger (d. 2008)
  • 1924
    C.T. Vivian, American Civil Rights Movement activist
  • 1925
    Baruch Samuel Blumberg, American physician, Nobel laureate (d. 2011)
  • 1926
    Charlie Biddle, American-born Quebec jazz bassist (d. 2003)
  • 1927
    John Ashbery, American poet
  • 1929
    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, First Lady of the United States (d. 1994)
  • 1930
    Jean Roba, Belgian comics author (d. 2006)
  • 1930
    Junior Kimbrough, American blues guitarist and vocalist (d. 1998)
  • 1930
    Ramsey Muir Withers, Canadian military figure
  • 1931
    Johnny Martin, Australian cricketer (d. 1992)
  • 1932
    Natalie Babbitt, American author and illustrator of children’s books
  • 1933
    Charlie Hodge, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1934
    Jacques d'Amboise, American choreographer
  • 1935
    Simon Dee, British television broadcaster (d. 2009)
  • 1936
    Garfield Sobers, Barbadian cricketer
  • 1936
    Russ Jackson, Canadian football player
  • 1937
    Francis Veber, French film director and screenwriter
  • 1938
    Alberto Fujimori, Peruvian politician
  • 1938
    Chuan Leekpai, Thai politician
  • 1938
    Ian McCaskill, Scottish weather forecaster
  • 1938
    Luis Aragonés, Spanish football manager
  • 1940
    Philip Proctor, American comedian
  • 1941
    Peter Cullen, Canadian voice actor
  • 1941
    Riccardo Muti, Italian conductor
  • 1941
    Susan Roces, Filipino actress
  • 1942
    Marty Brennaman, American sportscaster
  • 1942
    Tonia Marketaki, Greek film director and screenwriter (d. 1994)
  • 1943
    Bill Bradley, American basketball player and politician
  • 1943
    Mike Bloomfield, American guitarist (d. 1981)
  • 1943
    Richard Wright, English keyboardist (Pink Floyd) (d. 2008)
  • 1945
    Jim Davis, American cartoonist (Garfield)
  • 1946
    Fahmida Riaz, Pakistani writer and feminist
  • 1946
    Jonathan Edwards, American singer and songwriter
  • 1946
    Linda Kelsey, American actress
  • 1948
    Georgia Engel, American actress
  • 1948
    Gerald Casale, American vocalist, bassist (Devo) and director
  • 1948
    Sally Struthers, American actress
  • 1949
    Peter Doyle, Australian singer (The New Seekers) (d. 2001)
  • 1949
    Randall Wallace, American screenwriter and film producer
  • 1949
    Steve Peregrin Took, English singer (d. 1980)
  • 1949
    Vida Blue, American baseball player
  • 1950
    Shahyar Ghanbari, Iranian poet
  • 1951
    Anthony A. Williams, American politician
  • 1951
    Doug Collins, American basketball player and coach
  • 1951
    Santiago Calatrava, Spanish architect
  • 1952
    Vajiralongkorn, Crown Prince of Thailand
  • 1952
    Yoshitaka Amano, Japanese artist
  • 1953
    Don Black, founder and current webmaster of Stormfront
  • 1954
    Bruce Abbott, American actor
  • 1954
    Gerd Faltings, German mathematician
  • 1954
    Hugo Chávez, 52nd President of Venezuela
  • 1954
    Mikey Sheehy, Irish Gaelic footballer
  • 1954
    Steve Morse, American guitarist (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple)
  • 1955
    Nikolay Zimyatov, Russian cross-country skier
  • 1956
    John Feinstein, American sportswriter, author and sports commentator
  • 1958
    Michael Hitchcock, American actor
  • 1958
    Terry Fox, Canadian athlete and activist (d. 1981)
  • 1959
    William T. Vollman, American novelist and essayist
  • 1960
    Luiz Fernando Carvalho, Brazilian film director
  • 1960
    Yōichi Takahashi, Japanese manga artist (Captain Tsubasa, Hungry Heart Wild Striker)
  • 1961
    Alexander Kurlovitch, Soviet weightlifter
  • 1961
    Harlem Yu, Taiwanese singer/songwriter
  • 1961
    Yannick Dalmas, French race car driver
  • 1962
    Rachel Sweet, American singer
  • 1963
    Beverley Craven, British singer
  • 1964
    Lori Loughlin, American actress
  • 1965
    Delfeayo Marsalis, American jazz trombonist and record producer
  • 1965
    Priscilla Chan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1966
    Shikao Suga, Japanese singer-songwriter
  • 1967
    Taka Hirose, Japanese bassist (Feeder)
  • 1969
    Alexis Arquette, American actor
  • 1969
    Dana White, American professional sports executive
  • 1969
    Garth Snow, American ice hockey player
  • 1970
    Isabelle Brasseur, Canadian figure skater
  • 1970
    Michael Amott, Swedish guitarist (Arch Enemy)
  • 1970
    Paul Strang, Zimbabwian cricketer
  • 1971
    Annie Perreault, Canadian short-track speed skater
  • 1971
    Stephen Lynch, American comedian and singer-songwriter
  • 1972
    Ed Templeton, American skateboarder
  • 1972
    Elizabeth Berkley, American actress
  • 1972
    Robert Chapman, English cricketer
  • 1972
    Yeom Jeong-ah, South Korean actress
  • 1973
    Marc Dupré, Quebec humorist and singer
  • 1973
    Steve Staios, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1974
    Justin Lee Collins, British comedian
  • 1975
    Leonor Watling, Spanish actress and singer
  • 1976
    Jacoby Shaddix, American singer (Papa Roach)
  • 1977
    Aki Berg, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1977
    Manu Ginóbili, Argentine basketball player
  • 1977
    Rahman “Rock” Harper, American personality, Restauranteur
  • 1978
    Hitomi Yaida, Japanese singer-songwriter
  • 1978
    Jacob Oram, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1979
    Alena Popchanka, French swimmer
  • 1979
    Birgitta Haukdal, Icelandic singer
  • 1979
    Henrik Hansen, Danish footballer
  • 1979
    James Piotr Montague, British writer and journalist
  • 1979
    Lee Minwoo, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • 1980
    Noel Sullivan, Welsh reality television contestant
  • 1980
    Stephen Christian, American singer (Anberlin)
  • 1981
    Michael Carrick, English footballer
  • 1981
    Nancy Alexiadi, Greek singer
  • 1981
    Zo In Sung, South Korean actor
  • 1982
    Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Icelandic singer and actress
  • 1982
    Tom Pelphrey, American actor
  • 1983
    Cody Hay, Canadian figure skater
  • 1983
    Dhanush,Indian film actor, occasional playback singer and lyricist
  • 1984
    DeMeco Ryans, American football player
  • 1984
    John David Washington, American actor and football player
  • 1984
    Zach Parise, American ice hockey player
  • 1985
    Dustin Milligan, Canadian actor
  • 1985
    Sharifah Sofia, Malaysian actress
  • 1986
    Alexandra Chando, American actress
  • 1987
    Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma, Spanish footballer
  • 1987
    Sumire, Japanese fashion model (d. 2009)
  • 1988
    Ayla Brown, American singer
  • 1990
    Shana Swash, English actress
  • 1990
    Simone Pizzuti, Italian footballer
  • 1990
    Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, American rapper
  • 1992
    George Spencer-Churchill, Earl of Sunderland
  • 1993
    Cher Lloyd, English singer and rapper
  • 1993
    Hannah Lochner, Canadian actress
  • 1993
    Harry Kane, English footballer

Who Died On July 28?

  • 450
    Theodosius II, Roman Emperor (b. 401)
  • 1057
    Pope Victor II (b. c. 1018)
  • 1128
    William Clito, Count of Flanders (b. 1102)
  • 1230
    Duke Leopold VI of Austria (b. 1176)
  • 1285
    Keran, Queen of Armenia, consort of King Leo III of Armenia (birth year unknown)
  • 1527
    Rodrigo de Bastidas, Spanish conquistador (b. 1460)
  • 1540
    Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex, English statesman (b. 1495)
  • 1631
    Guillén de Castro y Bellvis, Spanish dramatist (b. 1569)
  • 1655
    Cyrano de Bergerac, French poet (b. 1619)
  • 1667
    Abraham Cowley, English poet (b. 1618)
  • 1675
    Bulstrode Whitelocke, English lawyer (b. 1605)
  • 1685
    Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington, English statesman (b. 1618)
  • 1718
    Etienne Baluze, French scholar (b. 1630)
  • 1741
    Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer (b. 1678)
  • 1750
    Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (b. 1685)
  • 1762
    George Dodington, 1st Baron Melcombe, English politician (b. 1691)
  • 1794
    Louis Antoine de Saint-Just, French Revolutionary leader (b. 1767)
  • 1794
    Maximilien Robespierre, French Revolutionary leader (b. 1758)
  • 1809
    Richard Beckett, English soldier (b.1772)
  • 1818
    Gaspard Monge, French mathematician (b. 1746)
  • 1835
    Édouard Adolphe Casimir Joseph Mortier, French marshal (b. 1768)
  • 1836
    Nathan Mayer Rothschild, British financier (b. 1777)
  • 1842
    Clemens Brentano, German poet (b. 1778)
  • 1844
    Joseph Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon I (b. 1768)
  • 1849
    King Charles Albert of Sardinia (b. 1798)
  • 1869
    Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Czech anatomist (b. 1787)
  • 1878
    George Law Curry, American newspaper publisher and politician (b. 1820)
  • 1895
    Edward Beecher, American theologian (b. 1803)
  • 1930
    Allvar Gullstrand, Swedish ophthalmologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1862)
  • 1933
    Nishinoumi Kajirō III, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 30th Yokozuna (b. 1890)
  • 1934
    Louis Tancred, South African cricketer (b. 1876)
  • 1934
    Marie Dressler, Canadian actress (b. 1868)
  • 1942
    William Matthew Flinders Petrie, English Egyptologist (b. 1853)
  • 1957
    Edith Abbott, American social worker (b. 1876)
  • 1957
    Isaac Heinemann, German-born Israeli scholar and professor of classical literature (b. 1876)
  • 1965
    Edogawa Rampo, Japanese author (b. 1894)
  • 1965
    Sheikh Attallah Suheimat, Arab and Jordanian leader, politician,and a statesperson. (b. 1875)
  • 1967
    Karl W. Richter, American aviator (b. 1942)
  • 1968
    Otto Hahn, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1879)
  • 1969
    Ramón Grau, Cuban politician (b. 1882)
  • 1971
    Charles E. Pont, American painter and printmaker (b. 1898)
  • 1971
    Lawrence Moore Cosgrave, Canadian soldier and diplomat (b. 1890)
  • 1971
    Myril Hoag, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • 1972
    Charu Majumdar, Indian revolutionary leader (b. 1918)
  • 1972
    Helen Traubel, American soprano (b. 1903)
  • 1979
    Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (b. 1898)
  • 1979
    Don Miller, American college football player (b. 1902)
  • 1981
    Fr. Stanley Rother, American Roman Catholic Priest and missionary (b. 1935)
  • 1982
    Keith Green, American gospel singer and pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1990
    Jill Esmond, British actress (b. 1908)
  • 1996
    Roger Tory Peterson, American ornithologist and educator (b. 1908)
  • 1997
    Rosalie Crutchley, English actress (b. 1920)
  • 1997
    Seni Pramoj, Thai politician (b. 1905)
  • 1998
    Lenny McLean, English bareknuckle fighter (b. 1949)
  • 1999
    Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1911)
  • 2000
    Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist and historian (b. 1918)
  • 2001
    Ahmed Sofa, Bangladeshi writer (b. 1943)
  • 2002
    Archer John Porter Martin, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)
  • 2003
    Lady Valerie Goulding, Irish politician and activist (b. 1918)
  • 2004
    Eugene Roche, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2004
    Francis Crick, English molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2004
    Sam Edwards, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 2004
    Tiziano Terzani, Italian journalist (b. 1938)
  • 2006
    David Gemmell, British writer (b. 1948)
  • 2006
    Patrick Allen, British actor and voice actor (b. 1927)
  • 2007
    Jim LeRoy, American aerobatic pilot (b. 1961)
  • 2007
    Karl Gotch, Belgian professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2008
    Suzanne Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress (b. 1977)
  • 2009
    Jim Johnson, American football coach (b. 1941)
  • 2009
    Reverend Ike, American televangelist (b. 1935)
  • 2010
    George P. Lee, former general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and convicted sex offender (b. 1943)
  • 2010
    Ivy Bean, English internet celebrity (b. 1905)
  • 2011
    Abdul Fatah Younis, Former Libyan Interior Minister, assassinated for pro-Gadaffi ties (b. 1944)


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