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What are the important events that happened on May 28? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 28: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 28 is the 149th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 217 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 15, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 406,776 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectatetracontaenneagon’ day.

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Gemini is the zodiac 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 245 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,254 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 28 Historical Events

  • 1503
    James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor are married according to a Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI. A Treaty of Everlasting Peace between Scotland and England signed on that occasion results in a peace that lasts ten years.
  • 1830
    President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act which relocates Native Americans.
  • 1952
    The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
  • 1958
    Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro’s 26 July movement, heavily reinforced by Frank Pais Militia, overwhelm an army post in El Uvero.
  • 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.

Who were born on May 28?

  • 1908
    Ian Fleming, English author (d. 1964)
  • 1911
    Dame Thora Hird, British actress (d. 2003)
  • 1944
    Gladys Knight, American R&B and soul singer and actress
  • 1954
    Andy Hamilton, British comedian
  • 1986
    Joseph Cross, American actor

Who died on May 28?

  • 1828
    Daikokuya Kōdayū, Japanese castaway (b. 1751)
  • 1916
    Ivan Franko, Ukrainian writer (b. 1856)
  • 2001
    Francis Bebey, Cameroonian-born French musician and novelist (b. 1929)
  • 2001
    Francisco Varela, Chilean biologist and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • 2006
    Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (b. 1920)

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