On This Day for 28th July

Historical Events

  • 1586 Sir Thomas Harriot introduces potatoes to Europe on return to England
  • 1794 French Revolution figure Robespierre & 22 other leaders of "the Terror" guillotined to thunderous cheers in Paris
  • 1914 Austria-Hungary decides against mediation and declares war on Serbia - first declaration of war of WWI
  • 1917 Silent Parade organised by James Weldon Johnson of 10,000 African-American march on 5th Ave (NYC) protesting against lynching
  • 1943 World War II: Operation Gomorrah: The British bomb Hamburg causing a firestorm that kills 42,000 German civilians.
  • 2005 The Provisional Irish Republican Army call an end to their thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland.

Did You Know?

First use of fingerprints as a means of identification is made by Sir William James Herschel of the Indian Civil Service

On July 28th, 1858

Famous Weddings

  • 1540 English King Henry VIII marries Catharine Howard, his 5th wife
  • 1683 Anne Stuart marries prince Georges of Denmark
  • 1727 Philosopher Jonathan Edwards (23) weds Sarah Pierpont
  • 1847 Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck (32) weds noblewoman Johanna von Puttkamer (23) in Kolczyglowy, Poland
  • 1906 Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin (27) weds Ekaterina Svanidze (21) at St. David's Church in Tiflis

Famous Divorces

  • 1964 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) divorces academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) after 32 days of marriage