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This Day in History - March 28

March 28

364 – Roman Emperor Valentinian I appoints his brother Flavius Valens as co-emperor

845 – Paris is looted by Viking raiders, who essentially charge a ransom in exchange for leaving

1483 – Italian architect and painter Raphael aka Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, is born

1584 – Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible dies

1652 – British colonial merchant and a Salem witch trial judge, Samuel Sewall, is born

1774 – Britain passes the Coercive Act against Massachusetts

1776 – Juan Bautista de Anza founds San Francisco

1797 – Nathaniel Briggs patents the washing machine

1814 – A funeral is held in Paris for Dr. Joseph Ignance-Guillotin, inventor of the guillotine

1818 – Confederate General Wade Hampton is born

1834 – President Andrew Jackson is censured by Congress for refusal to turn over documents regarding his veto of the renewed charter for the Bank of the US

1854 – Britain and France declare war on Russia

1862 – Premier of France, Aristide Briand is born

1862 – Union forces stop the Confederate invasion of New Mexico Territory

1864 – A group of Copperheads, or anti-war Democrats, attack Federal soldiers in Charleston, Illinois, killing five and wounding twenty

1868 – Russian short story writer and novelist Maxim Gorky is born

1885 – The Salvation Army is organized in the US

1895 – The first RAF pilot to receive the Victoria Cross, James McCudden is born

1908 – Automobile owners lobby Congress in support of a bill that calls for vehicle licensing and federal registration

1909 – Novelist Nelson Algren is born

1910 – The first seaplane takes off from water at Martinique, France

1915 – Leon Thrasher is drowned when a German submarine torpedoes his cargo ship, marking the first American citizen killed during World War I

1917 – The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corp is founded

1920 – Hollywood stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford marry

1921 – President Harding names William Taft as chief justice of the US

1929 – American novelist Frederick Exley is born

1930 – American physicist Jerome Isaac Friedman is born

1930 – Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara

1933 – Nazis order a ban on all Jews in Businesses, professions, and schools

1936 – Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa is born

1939 – The Spanish Civil War ends as Madrid falls to Francisco Franco

1941 – The Italian fleet is routed by the British at the Battle of Cape Matapan

1941 – Land is cleared for Ford’s Willow Run plant, using Ford’s mass-production technology to build B-24 bomber planes for World War II

1941 – English novelist Virginia Woolf drowns herself in the River Ouse, but her body will not be found until April 18

1942 – British Lend-Lease American destroyer, HMS Campbeltown, explodes after being rammed into a German occupied dry-dock in France

1943 – Russian pianist, composer and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff dies

1945 – Germany launches the last of its V-2 rockets against England

1946 – Juan Peron is elected President of Argentina

1946 – 48th President of Peru, Alejandro Toledo is born

1946 – The State Department releases the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for international control of atomic energy

1955 – Singer, songwriter, producer and actress Reba McEntire is born

1958 – “Father of the Blues,” WC Handy dies

1962 – The US Air Force announces research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites

1963 – Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds is released

1967 – A private yacht, the Phoenix, arrives carrying American pacifists along with $10,000 worth of medical supplies in Haiphong, North Vietnam, despite a US ban on American travel to North Vietnam

1969 – 34th President of the US, Dwight Eisenhower dies

1969 – Nobel Prize-winning poet Giorgos Seferis speaks out against Greece’s repressive Colonel Regime

1979 – Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant suffers a major accident, considered the worst in the history of the US nuclear power industry

1984 – Robert Irsay moved the Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis without announcement in the middle of the night

1986 – The US Senate passes $100 million aid package for the Nicaraguan contras

1986 – Singer, songwriter, producer and actress Lady Gaga is born

1990 – Jesse Owens receives the Congressional Gold Medal from President George Bush

1999 – An American Stealth F117 Nighthawk is shot down over northern Yugoslavia during NATO air strikes

2000 – The Supreme Court rules that an anonymous tip does not justify a stop-and-frisk action against a person

2004 – Actor, director, producer and screenwriter Peter Ustinov dies

2006 – Duke University suspends the men’s lacrosse team for two games following allegations that the team members sexually assaulted a stripper hired to perform at a party. Three players will later be charged with rape, and then charges will be dropped, developing into a national scandal


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the owner of Madison's Media, Madison's CPC and the Chief Administrative Officer for Lanterns. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and has two adult children. Writers seeking additional exposure: Ask how you can contribute!


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