Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,062 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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About March 28

March 28, 2017 is the 87th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 278 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 328 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On March 28

  • 37
    Roman Emperor Caligula accepts the titles of the Principate, entitled to him by the Senate.
  • 845
    Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collects a huge ransom in exchange for leaving.
  • 1854
    Crimean War: France and Britain declare war on Russia.
  • 1930
    Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara.
  • 1939
    Spanish Civil War: Generalissimo Francisco Franco conquers Madrid.
  • 1941
    World War II: Battle of Cape Matapan – in the Mediterranean Sea, British Admiral Andrew Browne Cunningham leads the Royal Navy in the destruction of three major Italian heavy cruisers and two destroyers.
  • 1942
    World War II: In occupied France, British naval forces successfully raid the German-occupied port of St. Nazaire.
  • 1969
    Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece.
  • 1999
    Kosovo War: Serb paramilitary and military forces kill 146 Kosovo Albanians in the Izbica massacre.
  • 2000
    Three children are killed when a Murray County, Georgia, school bus is hit by a CSX freight train.

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