What Happened on May 28

  • May

Important 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 President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act, authorizing the Army to force Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole tribes out of Georgia and surrounding states, setting the stage for the Cherokee Trail of Tears
  • 1936 Alan Turing submits "On Computable Numbers" for publication, in which he set out the theoretical basis for modern computers.
  • 1972 White House "plumbers" first break in at the Democratic National Headquarters at Watergate Complex in Washington D.C.
More Historical Events

May 28 in Film & TV

  • 1951 Radio programme "Crazy People" (later titled The Goon Show) premieres on the BBC, created by Spike Milligan

May 28 in Sport

  • 1742 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)

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


Would You Believe?

Monkeys Able & Baker zoom 300 miles (500 km) into space on Jupiter missile, become 1st animals retrieved from a space mission

On May 28, 1959

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

Famous Divorces

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