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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, 415,536 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 ‘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

  • 1644
    Bolton Massacre by Royalist troops under the command of the Earl of Derby.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    World War II: in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazis in Czechoslovakia kill over 1,800 people.
  • 1961
    Peter Benenson’s article The Forgotten Prisoners is published in several internationally read newspapers. This will later be thought of as the founding of the human rights organization Amnesty International.
  • 1979
    Constantine Karamanlis signs the full treaty of the accession of Greece with the European Economic Community.

Who were born on May 28?

  • 1759
    William Pitt the Younger, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1806)
  • 1957
    Colin Barnes, English footballer
  • 1963
    Gavin Harrison, British drummer (Porcupine Tree)
  • 1969
    Justin Kirk, American actor
  • 1976
    Liam O'Brien, American voice actor

Who died on May 28?

  • 1805
    Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer (b. 1743)
  • 1927
    Boris Kustodiev, Russian painter (b. 1878)
  • 1975
    Ezzard Charles, American heavyweight boxing champion (b. 1921)
  • 1994
    Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer (b. 1916)
  • 2004
    Umberto Agnelli, Italian automobile executive (b. 1934)

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