List of May 28 Historical Events and Facts
- 1533: The Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declares the marriage of King Henry VIII of England to Anne Boleyn valid.
- 1588: The Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 men, sets sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel.
- 1644: Bolton Massacre by Royalist troops under the command of the Earl of Derby.
- 1754: French and Indian War: in the first engagement of the war, Virginia militia under 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeat a French reconnaissance party in the Battle of Jumonville Glen in what is now Fayette County in southwestern Pennsylvania.
- 1830: President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act which relocates Native Americans.
- 1859: Big Ben is drawn on a carriage pulled by 16 horses from Whitechapel Bell Foundry to the Palace of Westminster.
- 1863: American Civil War: The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first African American regiment, leaves Boston, Massachusetts, to fight for the Union.
- 1892: In San Francisco, California, John Muir organizes the Sierra CluB.
- 1905: Russo-Japanese War: The Battle of Tsushima ends with the destruction of the Russian Baltic Fleet by Admiral Togo Heihachiro and the Imperial Japanese Navy.
- 1918: The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic and the Democratic Republic of Armenia declare their independence.
- 1930: The Chrysler Building in New York City officially opens.
- 1934: Near Callander, Ontario, the Dionne quintuplets are born to Oliva and Elzire Dionne; they will be the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
- 1934: The Glyndebourne festival in England is inaugurated.
- 1936: Alan Turing submits On Computable Numbers for publication.
- 1937: The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, D.C., who pushes a button signaling the start of vehicle traffic over the span.
- 1940: World War II: Belgium surrenders to Germany.
- 1940: World War II: Norwegian, French, Polish and British forces recapture Narvik in Norway.
- 1942: World War II: in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazis in Czechoslovakia kill over 1,800 people.
- 1952: The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
- 1955: Henry Bolte becomes Premier of the Australian state of Victoria.
- 1974: Northern Ireland’s power-sharing Sunningdale Agreement collapses following a general strike by loyalists.
- 1975: Fifteen West African countries sign the Treaty of Lagos, creating the Economic Community of West African States.
- 1977: In Southgate, Kentucky, the Beverly Hills Supper Club is engulfed in fire, killing 165 people inside.
- 1978: Second round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta.
- 1979: Constantine Karamanlis signs the full treaty of the accession of Greece with the European Economic Community.
- 1982: Falklands War: British forces defeat the Argentines at the Battle of Goose Green.
- 1987: 19-year-old West German pilot Mathias Rust evades Soviet Union air defenses and lands a private plane in the Red Square in Moscow.
- 1987: A robot probe finds the wreckage of the USS Monitor near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
- 1991: The capital city of Addis Ababa, falls to the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, ending both the Derg regime in Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Civil War.
- 1993: Eritrea and Monaco join the United Nations.
- 1995: The Russian town of Neftegorsk is hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that kills at least 2,000 people, half of the total population.
- 1996: U.S. President Bill Clinton’s former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and the Governor of Arkansas Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.
- 1998: Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of nuclear tests by India with five of its own, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions.
- 1999: In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper is put back on display.
- 1999: Two Swedish police officers are murdered with their own fire arms by the bank robbers Jackie Arklˆv and Tony Olsson after a car chase.
- 2002: NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance.
- 2002: The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.
- 2003: Peter Hollingworth becomes the first Governor-General of Australia to resign his office as a result of criticism of his conduct.
- 2004: The Iraqi Governing Council chooses Ayad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, as prime minister of Iraq’s interim government.
- 2008: The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty.
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The election is won by incumbent SangoulÈ Lamizana.
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