What happened on March 28? There are more than 310 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 March 28

March 28 In HistoryMarch 28 is the 88th day of the year 2020. There are 278 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday. This day falls under the 13th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Cookstown, New Jersey 08511 sunrise occured at 06:46 AM and sunset occured at 07:19 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aries. The modern birthstone for this month is Aquamarine while the mystical birthstone is Jade.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 321 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For March 28

  • 37
    Roman Emperor Caligula accepts the titles of the Principate, entitled to him by the Senate.
  • 193
    Roman Emperor Pertinax is assassinated by Praetorian Guards, who then sell the throne in an auction to Didius Julianus.
  • 364
    Roman Emperor Valentinian I appoints his brother Flavius Valens co-emperor.
  • 845
    Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collects a huge ransom in exchange for leaving.
  • 1776
    Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site for the Presidio of San Francisco.
  • 1794
    Allies under the prince of Coburg defeat French forces at Le Cateau.
  • 1795
    Partitions of Poland: The Duchy of Courland, a northern fief of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, ceases to exist and becomes part of Imperial Russia.
  • 1802
    Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers discovers 2 Pallas, the second asteroid known to man.
  • 1809
    Peninsular War: France defeats Spain in the Battle of Medelin.
  • 1854
    Crimean War: France and Britain declare war on Russia.
  • 1860
    First Taranaki War: The Battle of Waireka begins.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Glorieta Pass – in New Mexico, Union forces stop the Confederate invasion of New Mexico territory. The battle began on March 26.
  • 1871
    The Paris Commune is formally established in Paris.
  • 1889
    The Yngsjö murder occurs in Yngsjö, Sweden and Anna Månsdotter is arrested along with her son.
  • 1910
    Henri Fabre becomes the first person to fly a seaplane, the Fabre Hydravion, after taking off from a water runway near Martigues, France.
  • 1913
    Guatemala becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1920
    Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1920 affects the Great Lakes region and Deep South states.
  • 1930
    Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara.
  • 1939
    Spanish Civil War: Generalissimo Francisco Franco conquers Madrid.
  • 1941
    World War II: Battle of Cape Matapan – in the Mediterranean Sea, British Admiral Andrew Browne Cunningham leads the Royal Navy in the destruction of three major Italian heavy cruisers and two destroyers.
  • 1942
    World War II: In occupied France, British naval forces successfully raid the German-occupied port of St. Nazaire.
  • 1946
    Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson–Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.
  • 1959
    The State Council of the People’s Republic of China dissolves the Government of Tibet.
  • 1968
    Brazilian high school student Edson Luís de Lima Souto is shot by the police in a protest for cheaper meals at a restaurant for low-income students. The aftermath of his death is one of the first major events against the military dictatorship.
  • 1969
    Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece.
  • 1969
    The McGill français movement protest occurs, the second largest protest in Montreal’s history with 10,000 trade unionists, leftist activists, CEGEP students, and even some McGill students at McGill’s Roddick Gates. This led to the majority of the protesters getting arrested.
  • 1978
    The US Supreme Court hands down 5-3 decision in Stump v. Sparkman, 435 U.S. 349, a controversial case involving involuntary sterilization and judicial immunity.
  • 1979
    Operators of Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 nuclear reactor outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania fail to recognize that a relief valve in the primary coolant system has stuck open following an unexpected shutdown. As a result, enough coolant drains out of the system to allow the core to overheat and partially melt down.
  • 1979
    The British House of Commons passes a vote of no confidence against James Callaghan’s government, precipitating a general election.
  • 1990
    President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.
  • 1994
    BBC Radio 5 is closed and replaced with a new news and sport station BBC Radio 5 Live.
  • 1994
    In South Africa, Zulus and African National Congress supporters battle in central Johannesburg, resulting in 18 deaths.
  • 1999
    Kosovo War: Serb paramilitary and military forces kill 146 Kosovo Albanians in the Izbica massacre.
  • 2000
    Three children are killed when a Murray County, Georgia, school bus is hit by a CSX freight train.
  • 2003
    In a friendly fire incident, two A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft from the United States Idaho Air National Guard’s 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull.
  • 2005
    The 2005 Sumatra earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the fourth strongest earthquake since 1965.
  • 2006
    At least 1 million union members, students, and unemployed take to the streets in France in protest at the government’s proposed First Employment Contract law.

Who Were Born On March 28?

  • 1472
    Fra Bartolommeo, Italian artist (d. 1517)
  • 1515
    Teresa of Avila, Spanish Carmelite nun and saint (d. 1582)
  • 1522
    Albert the Warlike, Prince of Bayreuth (d. 1557)
  • 1569
    Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma (d. 1622)
  • 1592
    John Amos Comenius, Czech bishop (d. 1670)
  • 1599
    Witte Corneliszoon de With, Dutch naval officer (d. 1658)
  • 1613
    Empress Xiaozhuangwen of the Qing Dynasty (d. 1688)
  • 1652
    Samuel Sewall, American magistrate (d. 1730)
  • 1725
    Andrew Kippis, English clergyman and biographer (d. 1795)
  • 1750
    Francisco de Miranda, Venezuelan nationalist (d. 1816)
  • 1760
    Thomas Clarkson, British abolitionist (d. 1846)
  • 1773
    Henri Gratien, Comte Bertrand, French general (d. 1844)
  • 1793
    Henry Schoolcraft, American geographer and geologist (d. 1864)
  • 1795
    Georg Heinrich Pertz, German historian (d. 1876)
  • 1806
    Thomas Hare, English political scientist (d. 1891)
  • 1811
    Saint John Nepomucene Neumann, Bohemian-born American bishop and Roman Catholic saint (d. 1860)
  • 1815
    Arsène Houssaye, French novelist (d. 1896)
  • 1818
    Wade Hampton III, American soldier and politician (d. 1902)
  • 1819
    Sir Joseph Bazalgette, English civil engineer (d. 1891)
  • 1836
    Frederick Pabst, American brewer (d. 1904)
  • 1840
    Emin Pasha, Equatorian politician (d. 1892)
  • 1842
    William Harvey Carney, American Civil War officer (d. 1908)
  • 1849
    James Darmesteter, French author and antiquarian (d. 1894)
  • 1851
    Bernardino Machado, Portuguese politician (d. 1944)
  • 1862
    Aristide Briand, French politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1932)
  • 1866
    Jimmy Ross, Scottish footballer (d. 1902)
  • 1868
    Maxim Gorky, Russian author (d. 1936)
  • 1871
    Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (d. 1951)
  • 1879
    Terence MacSwiney, Irish nationalist (d. 1920)
  • 1890
    Paul Whiteman, American bandleader (d. 1967)
  • 1892
    Corneille Heymans, Belgian physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1968)
  • 1892
    Tom Maguire, Irish republican (d. 1993)
  • 1893
    Spyros Skouras, Greek-born American movie executive (d. 1971)
  • 1894
    Ernst Lindemann, German naval officer (d. 1941)
  • 1895
    Christian Herter, American politician (d. 1966)
  • 1895
    Spencer W. Kimball, American religious leader (d. 1985)
  • 1897
    Sepp Herberger, German football coach (d. 1977)
  • 1897
    Tillie Voss, American football player (d. 1975)
  • 1899
    August “Gussie” Anheuser Busch, Jr., American brewer and baseball executive (d. 1989)
  • 1899
    Buck Shaw, American football coach (d. 1977)
  • 1899
    Harold B. Lee, American religious figure (d. 1973)
  • 1900
    Edward Wagenknecht, American literary critic (d. 2004)
  • 1902
    Dame Flora Robson, English actress (d. 1984)
  • 1902
    Jaromír Vejvoda, Czech composer (d. 1988)
  • 1903
    Charles Starrett, American actor (d. 1986)
  • 1903
    Rudolf Serkin, Austrian pianist (d. 1991)
  • 1905
    Marlin Perkins, American zoologist and television host (d. 1986)
  • 1905
    Pandro S. Berman, American film producer (d. 1996)
  • 1907
    Irving “Swifty” Lazar, American talent agent (d. 1993)
  • 1907
    Norrey Ford (aka Jill Christian and Christian Walford), British writer (d. 1985)
  • 1909
    Nelson Algren, American writer (d. 1981)
  • 1910
    Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr., American librarian (d. 2001)
  • 1910
    Jimmie Dodd, American actor (d. 1964)
  • 1910
    Queen Ingrid of Denmark (d. 2000)
  • 1911
    John Langshaw Austin, British language philosopher (d. 1960)
  • 1912
    A. Bertram Chandler Australian author (d. 1984)
  • 1912
    Marina Raskova, Russian navigator (d. 1943)
  • 1914
    Bohumil Hrabal, Czech writer (d. 1997)
  • 1914
    Edmund Muskie, American politician (d. 1996)
  • 1914
    Edward Anhalt, American screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1914
    Kenneth Richard Norris, Australian entomologist (d. 2003)
  • 1915
    Jay Livingston, American composer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1919
    Vic Raschi, American baseball player (d. 1988)
  • 1921
    Herschel Grynszpan, German assassin of Ernst vom Rath (year of death unknown)
  • 1921
    Sir Dirk Bogarde, English actor (d. 1999)
  • 1921
    Walter Neugebauer, Croatian comic book author (d. 1992)
  • 1922
    Felice Chiusano, Italian singer (d. 1990)
  • 1922
    Joey Maxim, American boxer (d. 2001)
  • 1922
    Neville Bonner, Australian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1923
    Thad Jones, American jazz trumpeter (d. 1986)
  • 1924
    Byrd Baylor, American author
  • 1924
    Freddie Bartholomew, Irish actor (d. 1992)
  • 1925
    Dorothy DeBorba, American child actress (d. 2010)
  • 1926
    Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba
  • 1927
    Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish author (d. 2007)
  • 1928
    Alexander Grothendieck, German mathematician
  • 1928
    Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish-born American political scientist and geostrategist
  • 1929
    Paul England, Australian racing driver
  • 1930
    Elizabeth Bainbridge, English opera singer
  • 1930
    Jerome Isaac Friedman, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1930
    Robert Ashley, American composer
  • 1933
    Frank Murkowski, American politician
  • 1933
    Tete Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist (d. 1997)
  • 1934
    Lester Brown, American environmentalist
  • 1935
    Michael Parkinson, English broadcaster
  • 1936
    Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian author, politician and Nobel laureate
  • 1937
    Liz Trotta, American journalist
  • 1940
    Kevin Loughery, American basketball coach
  • 1940
    Tony Barber, Australian television personality
  • 1941
    Alf Clausen, America orchestra conductor
  • 1941
    Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, American author
  • 1941
    Jim Turner, American pro football player
  • 1942
    Conrad Schumann, East German border guard (d. 1998)
  • 1942
    Daniel Dennett, American philosopher
  • 1942
    Jerry Sloan, American basketball player and head coach
  • 1942
    Kitanofuji Katsuaki, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 52nd Yokozuna
  • 1942
    Mike Newell, English film director
  • 1942
    Neil Kinnock, British politician
  • 1942
    Samuel Ramey, American opera singer
  • 1943
    Conchata Ferrell, American actress
  • 1944
    Ken Howard, American actor
  • 1944
    Rick Barry, American basketball player
  • 1945
    Count Björn Hamilton, Swedish politician
  • 1946
    Alejandro Toledo, President of Peru
  • 1946
    Henry Paulson Jr., American economist
  • 1946
    Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist and astronaut
  • 1947
    John Landecker, American disk jockey
  • 1948
    Dennis Unkovic, American author
  • 1948
    Dianne Wiest, American actress
  • 1948
    Gerry House, American radio personality
  • 1948
    Jayne Ann Krentz, American novelist
  • 1948
    John Evan, British musician (Jethro Tull)
  • 1948
    Matthew Corbett, English retired actor
  • 1948
    Milan Williams, American musician (The Commodores) (d. 2006)
  • 1950
    Claudio Lolli, Italian singer-songwriter
  • 1951
    Karen Kain, Canadian ballerina
  • 1951
    Matti Pellonpää, Finnish actor and musician (d. 1995)
  • 1952
    Tony Brise, British racing driver (d. 1975)
  • 1953
    Melchior Ndadaye, Burundian politician (d. 1993)
  • 1954
    Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer (d. 1985)
  • 1955
    John Alderdice, Northern Irish politician
  • 1955
    Reba McEntire, American singer and actress
  • 1956
    April Margera, mother of Bam Margera
  • 1956
    Susan Ershler, American mountaineer
  • 1957
    Paul Eiding, American voice actor
  • 1958
    Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler (d. 2003)
  • 1958
    Edesio Alejandro, Cuban music composer
  • 1958
    Lou Franceschetti, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1959
    Chris Myers, American sportscaster
  • 1960
    Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, French author and dramatist
  • 1960
    Chris Barrie, British actor
  • 1960
    José Maria Neves, Cape Verdeian politician
  • 1961
    Byron Scott, American basketball player and coach
  • 1961
    Orla Brady, Irish actress
  • 1962
    Jure Franko, Slovenian skier
  • 1962
    Terry Szopinski, American pro-wrestler
  • 1965
    Steve Bull, English footballer
  • 1967
    John Ziegler, American talk-show host
  • 1968
    Iris Chang, American author (d. 2004)
  • 1968
    Jon Lee, British drummer (d. 2002)
  • 1968
    Max Perlich, American actor
  • 1968
    Nasser Hussain, English cricketer
  • 1968
    Tim Lovejoy, British television presenter
  • 1969
    Brett Ratner, American film director
  • 1969
    Elliot Perry, American basketball player
  • 1969
    Rodney Atkins, American country music singer-songwriter
  • 1970
    Aiga Zagorska, Lithuanian track and road cyclist
  • 1970
    Jennifer Weiner, American author
  • 1970
    Michelle Gildernew, Irish republican politician
  • 1970
    Vince Vaughn, American actor
  • 1971
    Christianne Meneses Jacobs, Nicaraguan-born American writer and educator
  • 1971
    Mr. Cheeks, American rapper
  • 1971
    Wesley Person, American basketball player
  • 1972
    Eby J. Jose, Indian journalist
  • 1972
    Keith Tkachuk, American ice hockey player
  • 1972
    Nick Frost, English comedian and actor
  • 1973
    Eddie Fatu, Samoan professional wrestler (d. 2009)
  • 1973
    Matt Nathanson, American singer-songwriter
  • 1973
    Scott Mills, British radio disc jockey
  • 1974
    Mark King, English snooker player
  • 1975
    Derek Hill, American racing driver
  • 1975
    Iván Helguera, Spanish footballer
  • 1975
    Kate Gosselin, American TV personality
  • 1975
    Matt Reis, American soccer goalkeeper
  • 1975
    Richard Kelly, American film director
  • 1975
    Shanna Moakler, American beauty queen and TV personality
  • 1976
    Dave Keuning, American guitar player (The Killers)
  • 1977
    Annie Wersching, American actress
  • 1977
    Erik Rasmussen, American ice hockey player
  • 1977
    Lauren Weisberger, American novelist
  • 1979
    Crystal Cox, American reality television contestant
  • 1979
    Park Chae-rim, South Korean actress
  • 1980
    Chitrangada Singh, Indian actress
  • 1980
    Luke Walton, American basketball player
  • 1980
    Rasmus Seebach, Danish singer
  • 1980
    Stiliani Pilatou, Greek long jumper
  • 1981
    Antonio Rizzo, Italian footballer
  • 1981
    Edwar Ramirez, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Gareth David-Lloyd, Welsh Actor
  • 1981
    Julia Stiles, American actress
  • 1981
    Lindsay Frimodt, American model
  • 1982
    Sonia Agarwal, Indian actress
  • 1983
    Ryan Ashington, English footballer
  • 1984
    Christopher Samba, French footballer
  • 1984
    Nikki Sanderson, British actress and model
  • 1984
    Ol Drake, English guitarist (Evile)
  • 1984
    Yordanos Abay, Ethiopian footballer
  • 1986
    Abuda, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986
    Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, Czech tennis player
  • 1986
    J-Kwon, American rapper
  • 1986
    Lady Gaga, American singer-songwriter and dancer
  • 1986
    Yoon Joon-Soo, South Korean footballer
  • 1987
    Lee Hea-Kang, South Korean footballer
  • 1988
    Lacey Turner, British actress
  • 1988
    Patrick Mayer, German footballer
  • 1989
    David Goodwillie, Scottish footballer
  • 1989
    Lukas Jutkiewicz, English footballer
  • 1989
    Marek Suchý, Czech footballer
  • 1989
    Mira Leung, Canadian figure skater
  • 1990
    Zac Clarke, Australian rules footballer
  • 1991
    Amy Bruckner, American actress
  • 1992
    Liam Hess, British actor
  • 1992
    Sergi Gómez, Spanish footballer

Who Died On March 28?

  • 193
    Pertinax, Roman Emperor (b. 126)
  • 1072
    Ordulf, Duke of Saxony
  • 1239
    Emperor Go-Toba of Japan (b. 1180)
  • 1285
    Pope Martin IV
  • 1563
    Heinrich Glarean, Swiss music theorist (b. 1488)
  • 1566
    Sigismund von Herberstein, Austrian diplomat and historian (b. 1486)
  • 1677
    Václav Hollar, Czech-born etcher (b. 1607)
  • 1687
    Constantijn Huygens, Dutch poet and composer (b. 1596)
  • 1794
    Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat, Marquis de Condorcet, French mathematician and philosopher (b. 1743)
  • 1818
    Antonio Capuzzi, Italian composer (b. 1755)
  • 1850
    Gerard C. Brandon, American politician (b. 1788)
  • 1866
    Solomon Foot, American politician (b. 1802)
  • 1868
    James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, British military leader (b. 1797)
  • 1870
    George Henry Thomas, American general (b. 1816)
  • 1874
    Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish astronomer (b. 1795)
  • 1881
    Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Russian composer (b. 1839)
  • 1884
    Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, son of Queen Victoria (b. 1853)
  • 1910
    David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1837)
  • 1910
    Edouard Judas Colonne, French violinist (b. 1838)
  • 1928
    Nathan Stubblefield, American inventor (b. 1860)
  • 1929
    Lomer Gouin, Canadian politician (b. 1861)
  • 1939
    Francis Matthew John Baker, Australian politician (b. 1903)
  • 1941
    Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara, Indian Police Commissioner (b. 1877)
  • 1941
    Virginia Woolf, English feminist writer (b. 1882)
  • 1942
    Miguel Hernández, Spanish poet, death in prison (b. 1910)
  • 1943
    Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian composer and pianist (b. 1873)
  • 1944
    Stephen Leacock, Canadian humorist (b. 1869)
  • 1946
    Chick Fullis, baseball player (b. 1904)
  • 1947
    Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (b. 1897)
  • 1949
    Grigoraş Dinicu, Romanian composer and violinist (b. 1889)
  • 1953
    Jim Thorpe, American athlete (b. 1887)
  • 1958
    W. C. Handy, American composer (b. 1873)
  • 1962
    Hugo Wast, Argentine writer (b. 1883)
  • 1965
    Charles William Train, English recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1890)
  • 1965
    Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (b. 1888)
  • 1965
    Jack Hoxie, American actor and rodeo performer (b. 1885)
  • 1969
    Aryeh Levin, Orthodox Jewish rabbi (b. 1885)
  • 1969
    Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States (b. 1890)
  • 1974
    Dorothy Fields, American librettist and lyricist (b. 1905)
  • 1976
    Arthur Crudup, American blues singer and guitarist (b. 1905)
  • 1976
    Richard Arlen, American actor (b. 1898)
  • 1977
    Eric Shipton, British explorer and mountaineer (b. 1907)
  • 1978
    Dino Ciani, Italian pianist (b. 1941)
  • 1979
    Emmett Kelly, American clown (b. 1898)
  • 1980
    Dick Haymes, Argentine-born singer and actor (b. 1918)
  • 1982
    William Giauque, Canadian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 1984
    Carmen Dragon, American conductor, composer and arranger (b. 1914)
  • 1985
    Marc Chagall, Russian-born painter (b. 1887)
  • 1986
    Virginia Gilmore. American actress (b. 1919)
  • 1987
    Maria von Trapp, Austrian-born singer (b. 1905)
  • 1987
    Patrick Troughton, British actor (b. 1920)
  • 1989
    Robert J. Wilke, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 1992
    Nikolaos Platon, Greek archaeologist (b. 1909)
  • 1993
    Scott Cunningham, Occult author (b. 1956)
  • 1994
    Eugène Ionesco, Romanian-born French playwright (b. 1909)
  • 1995
    Hugh O'Connor, American actor (b. 1962)
  • 1996
    Shin Kanemaru, Japanese politician (b. 1914)
  • 2000
    Anthony Powell, British novelist (b. 1905)
  • 2001
    Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (b. 1928)
  • 2003
    Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)
  • 2004
    Art James, American game show host (b. 1929)
  • 2004
    Peter Ustinov, British actor (b. 1921)
  • 2005
    Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
  • 2006
    Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1917)
  • 2006
    Charles Schepens, American ophthalmologist (b. 1912)
  • 2006
    Kevin Charles “Pro” Hart, Australian artist (b. 1928)
  • 2006
    Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Vethathiri Maharishi, Indian philosopher (b. 1911)
  • 2010
    June Havoc, American actress (b. 1913)
  • 2011
    Wenche Foss, Norwegian actress (b. 1917)

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