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 July 28

July 28, 2016 is the 210th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 156 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 184 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On July 28

  • 1794
    Maximilien Robespierre is executed by guillotine in Paris during the French Revolution.
  • 1821
    José de San Martín declares the independence of Peru from Spain.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Ezra Church – Confederate troops make a third unsuccessful attempt to drive Union forces from Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1943
    World War II: Operation Gomorrah – The British bomb Hamburg causing a firestorm that kills 42,000 German civilians.
  • 1948
    The Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foils a bullion robbery in the “Battle of London Airport”.
  • 1973
    Summer Jam at Watkins Glen: 600,000 people attend a rock festival at the Watkins Glen International Raceway.
  • 1993
    Andorra joins the United Nations.
  • 2001
    Australian Ian Thorpe becomes the first swimmer to win six gold medals at a single World Championships.
  • 2005
    The Provisional Irish Republican Army calls an end to its thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland.
  • 2010
    Airblue Flight 202 crashes into the Margalla Hills north of Islamabad, Pakistan, killing all 152 people aboard. It is the deadliest aviation accident in Pakistan history and the first involving an Airbus A321.

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