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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

  • 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.
  • 1940
    World War II: Norwegian, French, Polish and British forces recapture Narvik in Norway. This is the first allied infantry victory of the War.
  • 1987
    19-year-old West German pilot Mathias Rust evades Soviet Union air defenses and lands a private plane in the Red Square in Moscow. He is immediately detained and will not be released until August 3, 1988.
  • 2002
    The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.

Who were born on May 28?

  • 1692
    Joseph Butler, English philosopher (d. 1752)
  • 1878
    Paul Pelliot, French sinologist (d. 1945)
  • 1914
    W. G. G. Duncan Smith, British World War II pilot (d. 1996)
  • 1922
    Lou Duva, American boxing trainer
  • 1985
    Colbie Caillat, American singer-songwriter

Who died on May 28?

  • 1787
    Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer (b. 1719)
  • 1808
    Richard Hurd, English Bishop of Worcester and writer (b. 1720)
  • 1948
    Unity Mitford, English fascist sympathizer (b. 1914)
  • 1982
    Lt Col H. Jones VC, British army officer (b. 1940)
  • 2007
    Marquise Hill, American football player (b. 1982)

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