History of 28 May
1900 – Britain annexed the Orange Free State.
1918 – Azerbaijan declared independence.
1928 – Chrysler Corporation merged with Dodge Brothers, Inc.
1929 – Warner Brothers debuted “On With The Show” in New York City. It was the first all-color-talking picture.
1934 – The Dionne quintuplets were born near Callender, Ontario, to Olivia and Elzire Dionne. The babies were the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
1937 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC, signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.
1940 – During World War II, Belgium surrendered to Germany.
1953 – The Walt Disney film “Melody” premiered in the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood. The picture was the first 3-D cartoon.
Disney movies, music, and books
1957 – National League club owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers to move to Los Angeles and that the New York Giants could move to San Francisco.
1961 – Amnesty International, a human rights organization, was founded.
1976 – The Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Treaty was signed, limiting any nuclear explosion – regardless of its purpose – to a yield of 150 kilotons.
1977 – Fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, KY. 165 people were killed.
1985 – David Jacobsen, director of the American University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, was abducted by pro-Iranian kidnappers. He was freed 17 months later.
1987 – Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German pilot, landed a private plane in Moscow’s Red Square after evading Soviet air defenses. He was released on August 3, 1988.
1995 – An earthquake in the Russian town Neftegorsk killed at least 2000 people. It had a magnitude of 7.5.
1996 – U.S. President Clinton’s former business partners in the Whitewater land deal were convicted of fraud.
1998 – Pakistan matched India with five nuclear test blasts. The U.S., Japan, and other nations imposed economic sanctions. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, “Today, we have settled the score with India.”
1998 – Dr. Susan Terebey discovered a planet outside of our solar system with the use of photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
1999 – In Milan, Italy, Leonardo de Vinci’s “The Last Supper” was put back on display after more than 20 years of restoration work.
2002 – Russia became a limited partner in NATO with the creation of the NATO-Russia Council.
2015 – The Observatory at One World Trade Center officially opened.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1981 – Daniel Cabrera, Dominican-American baseball player
- 1981 – Eric Ghiaciuc, American football player
- 1981 – Adam Green, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1982 – Alexa Davalos, French-American actress
- 1982 – Jhonny Peralta, Dominican-American baseball player
- 1983 – Steve Cronin, American soccer player
- 1983 – Humberto Sánchez, Dominican-American baseball player
- 1983 – Roman Atwood, American YouTube star
- 1985 – Colbie Caillat, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1985 – Pablo Andrés González, the Argentinian footballer
- 1985 – Kostas Mendrinos, Greek footballer
- 1985 – Carey Mulligan, English actress and singer
- 1986 – Berrick Barnes, Australian rugby player
- 1986 – Seth Rollins, American wrestler
- 1986 – Ingmar Vos, Dutch decathlete
- 1987 – T.J. Yates, American football player
- 1988 – NaVorro Bowman, American football player
- 1988 – Percy Harvin, American football player
- 1988 – Craig Kimbrel, American baseball player
- 1990 – Kyle Walker, English footballer
- 1991 – Sharrif Floyd, American football player
- 1991 – Alexandre Lacazette, French footballer
- 1991 – Kail Piho, Estonian skier
- 1992 – Tom Carroll, English footballer
- 1993 – Daniel Alvaro, Australian rugby league player
- 1993 – Bárbara Luz, a Portuguese tennis player
- 1994 – John Stones, English footballer
- 1994 – Son Yeon-Jae, South Korean gymnast
- 1999 – Cameron Boyce, American actor
- 2000 – Phil Foden, English footballer