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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.
  • 1936
    Alan Turing submits On Computable Numbers for publication.
  • 1979
    Constantine Karamanlis signs the full treaty of the accession of Greece with the European Economic Community.
  • 1995
    The Russian town of Neftegorsk is hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that kills at least 2,000 people, half of the total population.
  • 2010
    In West Bengal, India, a train derailment and subsequent collision kills 141 passengers.

Who were born on May 28?

  • 1910
    T-Bone Walker, American singer (d. 1975)
  • 1947
    Zahi Hawass, Egyptian egyptologist
  • 1960
    Mark Sanford, 115th Governor of South Carolina and Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina
  • 1972
    Doriva, Brazilian footballer
  • 1982
    Desiree del Valle, Filipino actress

Who died on May 28?

  • 1023
    Wulfstan, English archbishop and writer (b. ?)
  • 1849
    Anne Brontë, English novelist and poet (b. 1820)
  • 1937
    Alfred Adler, Austrian psychologist (b. 1870)
  • 1940
    Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse (b. 1868)
  • 1975
    Ezzard Charles, American heavyweight boxing champion (b. 1921)

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