On This Day

What Happened on April 28, 1973

Historical Events

  • Over 6000 Mk. 82 500 pound bombs detonate over 18 hrs in a railyard in northern California. 5500 structures damaged, town of Antelope destroyed, with every building reduced to foundations. Leads to Transportation Safety Act (1974)

Famous Birthdays

  • Earl Holmes, linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Elisabeth Röhm, American actress
  • Francisco Palencia, Mexican footballer
  • Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), born in Konstanz, West Germany (d. 2015)
  • Jorge Garcia, American actor
  • Marc[us] Blake Schneider, rower (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Serge Zwikker, NBA center (Houston Rockets)
  • Zhang Enhua, Chinese soccer defender (65 caps; Dalian Wanda FC, Grimsby Town), born in Dalian, China (d. 2021)

Famous Deaths

  • Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (Olympic gold 1500m, 5000m, allround 1924; 500m, 1500m 1928), dies at 80
  • Jacques Maritain, French Catholic philosopher (exponent of St Thomas), dies at 90
  • Pat Henning, American actor (Goodyear TV Playhouse), dies at 64
1973 Highlights

About April 28, 1973

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 8 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus