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1882Richard Wagner's opera "Parsifal" premieres in Beirut

1914First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill orders British Grand Fleet to Scapa Flow

1931Mob hitman Mad Dog Coll allegedly participates in a kidnapping attempt that results in the shooting death of a child, which earns him the nickname "Mad Dog"

1932President Hoover evicts bonus marchers from their encampment

1938Bradman scores 202 Aust v Somerset, 225 mins, 32 fours

1943Italian Facist dictator Benito Mussolini resigns

1943Pres FDR announces end of coffee rationing in US

1944Hitler routes 4 division of South France to Normandy

1951Walt Disney's "Alice In Wonderland" released

1957Jerry Lee Lewis makes his 1st TV appearance (Steve Allen Show)

1957Mickey Wright wins LPGA Wolverine Golf Open

1960Republican National convention selects Richard Nixon as candidate

1963Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Wolverine Golf Open

1965LBJ sends 50,000 more soldiers to Vietnam (total of 125,000)

1977Test Cricket debut of Ian Botham v Aust Trent Bridge, 5-74 1st innings

1983George Brett's 2 run HR against Yanks on July 24 (pine tar game)

198513th du Maurier Golf Classic: Pat Bradley

198742nd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Laura Davies

1996NY Yankee Darryl Strawberry hits his 300th HR

1997NY Ranger center Mark Messier signs with Vancouver for $20M for 3 yrs

On This Day In History
Date Event
Jul 28, 388
Battle at Aquileja: Emperor Theodosius beats emperor Magnus Maximis 
Jul 28, 754
Pope Stephen II, [III] makes Pippin de Korte, King of France 
Jul 28, 1148
Crusaders attack Damascus 
Jul 28, 1434
Navigator Gil Eanes leaves Cape Bojador for Lisbon 
Jul 28, 1579
Cardinal Granvelle returns to Madrid 
Jul 28, 1586
Sir Thomas Harriot introduces potatoes to Europe on return to England 
Jul 28, 1609
Admiral George Somers settles in Bermuda 
Jul 28, 1635
Spanish marshal Piccolomini conquerors Schenkenschans 
Jul 28, 1696
De Croissy succeeds Le Plectia as French minister of Finance 
Jul 28, 1708
Monarch Amengkurat II [Sunan Mas] of Mataram gives himself up to VOC 
Jul 28, 1717
Prussian king Frederik Willem I gives compulsory education to 5-12 yrs 
Jul 28, 1741
Capt Bering discovers Mount St Elias, Alaska 
Jul 28, 1742
Prussia & Austria sign peace treaty 
Jul 28, 1794
French Revolution figure Robespierre & 22 other leaders of "the Terror" guillotined to thunderous cheers in Paris 
Jul 28, 1808
Mahmud II succeeds Mustafa IV as sultan of Turkey 
Jul 28, 1821
Peru declares independence from Spain (National Day) 
Jul 28, 1849
Memmon is 1st clipper to reach SF, 120 days out of NY 
Jul 28, 1851
Total solar eclipse captured on a daguerreotype photograph 
Jul 28, 1858
First use of fingerprints as a means of identification is made by Sir William James Herschel of the Indian Civil Service 
Jul 28, 1858
Nadar takes 1st airborne photo (in a balloon) 
Jul 28, 1862
Confederate forces defeated at More's Hill, Mo 
Jul 28, 1864
2nd day of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia 
Jul 28, 1864
Battle of Atlanta: GA (Ezra Church) - second sortie US700 CS4642 
Jul 28, 1866
Metric system becomes a legal measurement system in US 
Jul 28, 1868
US Secretary of State William H. Seward announces 14th Amendment ratified by states, grants citizenship to ex-slaves 
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