What Happened Today – July 28?

History is not history unless it is the truth – Abraham Lincoln.

We may not be aware of everything that conspired, and the accuracy of the historical events, but, a study of history makes even the start of the great World War I, a simple incident initiated by an individual, with no support from the government.

On This Day:

1586 – Potatoes were introduced to Europe for the very first time, with the return of Sir Thomas Harriot’s return to England.

1794 – Maximilien Robespierre, a radical Jacobin leader and one of the principal figures in the French Revolution, was guillotined before a cheering mob on the Place de la Révolution in Paris.

1821 – Peru got its independence from Spain. Simon Bolivar and Jose de San Martin were instrumental in the South American war of Independence.

1868 – Slavery was abolished in The United States of America by the 14th Amendment act in the US Constitution. According to the act it grants equal citizenship and equal protection of laws to all persons in USA including former slaves.

1914 – World War I begins that lasted till 11 Nov 1918. It all started when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia after Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by Bosnian Serb Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip.

1932 – “White Zombie” the first ever zombie movie was released in New York. It was directed by Victor Harperin staring Bela Lugosi and is based on the book Zombie.

1945 – Betty Lou Oliver survived 75 stories fall inside an Elevator creating a world record. Due to fog a US army plane crashed into Empire State Building killing 14 people and cutting the elevator cable.

1954 – The classic film “On the Waterfront,” directed by Elia Kazan, featuring one of Marlon Brando’s most iconic performances—was released in the United States.

1959 – Postal codes are implemented in the United Kingdom.

1976 – Great Tangshan Earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 on the richter scale shook Tangshan province in China at 3.42 am in the morning.  Within minutes 80% of the buildings in that area collapsed and resulted in the death of 242,000 people.

1991 – Miguel Indurain won his first Tour de France title. He went on to win 5 consecutive titles.

1996 – Skeletal remains of a prehistoric man named as Kennewick man was found on the bank of the Columbian river Kennewick, United States.

2008 – For the second time in 80 years, Historic Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier burns down again.

2016 – Earliest evidence of cancer found in 1.7 million-year-old toe fossil from Swartkrans Cave, South Africa, published in “South African Journal of Science”

2018 – This day witnessed the longest “blood moon” eclipse of the 21st century, which lasted for 1 hour and 43 minutes.

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