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 World War II: Operation Gomorrah: The British bomb Hamburg causing a firestorm that kills 42,000 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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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 28, 1858

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 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
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