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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, 1,464,393,600 seconds 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1936
    Alan Turing submits On Computable Numbers for publication.
  • 1951
    British radio comedy programme The Goon Show was broadcast on BBC for the first time.
  • 1975
    Fifteen West African countries sign the Treaty of Lagos, creating the Economic Community of West African States.

Who were born on May 28?

  • 1676
    Jacopo Riccati, Italian mathematician (d. 1754)
  • 1888
    Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot, English, eccentric first wife of American poet, T.S. Eliot (d. 1947)
  • 1910
    Lady Rachel Kempson, English actress (d. 2003)
  • 1933
    John Karlen, American actor
  • 1956
    Julie Peasgood, British actress

Who died on May 28?

  • 1509
    Caterina Sforza, Countess of Forli (b. 1463)
  • 1805
    Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer (b. 1743)
  • 1878
    John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1792)
  • 1998
    Phil Hartman, Canadian actor and comedian (b. 1948)
  • 2001
    Francisco Varela, Chilean biologist and philosopher (b. 1946)

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