What Happened on May 28th

Historical Events

  • 585 BC Solar eclipse, as predicted by Greek philosopher Thales, while Lydians at war with the Medes leads to a truce. One of the cardinal dates from which other dates calculated.
  • 1431 Joan of Arc is accused of relapsing into heresy by donning male clothing again, providing justification for her execution
  • 1588 Spanish Armada under the Duke of Medina-Sidonia departs Lisbon to invade England
  • 1830 US Congress authorizes native Indian to be removed from all states to the western prairie
  • 1936 Alan Turing submits "On Computable Numbers" for publication, in which he set out the theoretical basis for modern computers.
  • 1972 White House "plumbers" break into the Democratic National Headquarters at Watergate in Washington D.C.
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Did You Know?

Near Callander, Ontario, the Dionne quintuplets are born to Olivia and Elzire Dionne, later becoming the first quintuplets to survive infancy.

On May 28, 1934

Famous Weddings

  • 1894 Belgium Princess Josephine marries Prince Karl von Hohenzollern
  • 1948 Film director Stanley Kubrick (19) weds high school sweetheart Toba Metz
  • 1954 "The Bad and the Beautiful" actor Kirk Douglas (37) weds producer Ann Buydens (24) at Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas
  • 1959 Muppeteer Jim Henson (22) weds Jane Nebel (24) in Salisbury, Maryland
  • 1971 NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24) weds school teacher Janice Brown

Famous Divorces

  • 1533 The Archbishop of Canterbury voids the marriage of King Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn
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