About May 28

May 28, 2021 is the 148th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 217 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Gemini is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 249 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 28

  • 585 BC
    A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Battle of the Eclipse, leading to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated.
  • 1588
    The Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 men, sets sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel. (It will take until May 30 for all ships to leave port).
  • 1644
    Bolton Massacre by Royalist troops under the command of the Earl of Derby.
  • 1798
    The United States Congress empowers president John Adams to enlist 10,000 men for service in case of a declaration of war or invasion of the country’s domain. It also authorizes Adams to instruct commanders of ships-of-war to seize armed French vessels preying upon or attacking American merchantmen about the coast.
  • 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.
  • 1932
    In the Netherlands, construction of the Afsluitdijk is completed and the Zuiderzee bay is converted to the freshwater IJsselmeer.
  • 1934
    Near Callander, Ontario, the Dionne quintuplets are born to Oliva and Elzire Dionne; they will be the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
  • 1940
    World War II: Belgium surrenders to Germany to end the Battle of Belgium.
  • 1952
    The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
  • 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.
  • 1979
    Constantine Karamanlis signs the full treaty of the accession of Greece with the European Economic Community.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of nuclear tests by India with five of its own codenamed Chagai-I, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions. Pakistan celebrates Youm-e-Takbir annually.
  • 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.
  • 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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