On This Day

What Happened on July 28

Important Events

  • 1794 French Revolutionary figure Maximilien Robespierre and 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-Americans who march on 5th Ave in NYC to protest against lynching
  • 1943 Operation Gomorrah: RAF bombing over Hamburg causes a firestorm that kills 42,600 German civilians
  • 1976 Tangshan Earthquake, 8.2 in magnitude kills over 240,000 Northern China in the largest loss of life from an earthquake in the 20th century
  • 2005 The Provisional Irish Republican Army call an end to their thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland
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July 28 in Film & TV

  • 1932 "White Zombie" - 1st feature length zombie film directed by Victor Halperin and starring Béla Lugos is released in the US

July 28 in Music

  • 1914 Foxtrot 1st danced at New Amsterdam Roof Garden, in NYC, by Harry Fox
  • 1978 600,000 attend the "Summer Jam" rock festival at Watkins Glen, New York, at the time the largest ever audience at a pop festival

July 28 in Sport

  • 1977 Legendary England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham on debut takes 5 for 74 in the Australian 1st innings in a 7 wicket 3rd Test win at Trent Bridge

Did You Know?

Physicist Raemer Schreiber and Lieutenant Colonel Peer de Silva arrive on the Pacific island of Tinian with the plutonium core used to assemble the Fat Man bomb used in the bombing of Nagasaki on August 9

On July 28, 1945


Would You Believe?

"Elevator girl" Betty Lou Oliver survives falling 75 stories after fog causes a US bomber plane to crash into the Empire State Building, breaking the cables supporting the elevator she was operating. This remains a world record for the longest survived elevator fall

On July 28, 1945

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

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