What Happened on July 28

Significant Events

  • 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-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?

Walt Disney's animated musical film "Alice In Wonderland" released

On July 28, 1951


Would You Believe?

Sir Thomas Harriot introduces potatoes to Europe on return to England

On July 28, 1586

Famous Weddings

  • 1540 English King Henry VIII (49) marries Catherine Howard (16 or 17), 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
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