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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 148th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 217 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 15, 2017 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,932,160 minutes 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 ‘hectatetracontaoctagon’ 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 267 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 1,619 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 28 Historical Events

  • 1533
    The Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declares the marriage of King Henry VIII of England to Anne Boleyn valid.
  • 1942
    World War II: in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazis in Czechoslovakia kill over 1,800 people.
  • 1991
    The capital city of Addis Ababa, falls to the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, ending both the Derg regime in Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Civil War.
  • 2002
    The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.
  • 2008
    The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty.

Who were born on May 28?

  • 1886
    Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (d. 1954)
  • 1954
    Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (d. 1988)
  • 1969
    Justin Kirk, American actor
  • 1980
    Miguel Pérez, Spanish footballer
  • 1982
    Alexa Davalos, American actress

Who died on May 28?

  • 1750
    Emperor Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1720)
  • 1940
    Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse (b. 1868)
  • 1971
    Audie Murphy, American actor and soldier (b. 1924)
  • 1971
    Jean Vilar, French actor (b. 1912)
  • 2003
    Martha Scott, American actress (b. 1912)

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