1503: The Battle of Cerignola becomes the first battle in history won using gunpowder and small arms.
1788: Maryland ratifies the U.S Constitution on this day. It’s the 7thS State to do so.
1789: During the Mutiny on the Bounty, 18 sailors and Lieutenant William Bligh are set adrift while the rebel crew returns to Tahiti and then to Pitcairn Island.
1792: The French Revolutionary Wars begins when the Austrian Netherlands is invaded by France.
1869: 10 miles of track is laid in one for the Central Pacific Railroad by Irish and Chinese laborers. It’s a feat that hasn’t been matched since.
1881: Billy the Kid breaks out of the Lincoln County Jail in the town of Mesilla in New Mexico.
1944: 9 German Schnellboots (or as the Allies called them: E Boats) attack units from the U.S and the U.K as they were practicing Exercise Tiger – a rehearsal for the Normandy landings. Over 946 servicemen are killed.
1945: Benito Mussolini and his mistress are executed by a firing squad.
1952: General Dwight D. Eisenhower steps down as the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.
1952: The occupation of Japan by the United States ends when the Treaty of San Francisco comes into effect.
1969: Charles de Gaulle steps down as France’s President.
1970: American troops are officially authorized to fight communist sanctuaries in Cambodia by United States President Richard Nixon during the Vietnam War.
Famous Birthdays on April 28
American solder and 5th President of the U.S., James Monroe is born in 1758.
American scholar Ezra Abbot is born in 1819.
Dutch lawyer and Nobel prize laureate, Tobias Asser is born in 1838.
Portuguese painter Jose Malhoa is born in 1855.
American actor and director, Lionel Barrymore is born in 1878.
Czech-German businessman Oskar Schindler is born in 1908.
American historian and author, Bill Blackbeard is born in 1926.
American novelist Harper Lee is born in 1926.
American actress Carolyn Jones is born in 1930.
American actress, singer and dancer, Ann Margret is born in 1941.
American chemist and Nobel Prize laureate, Karl Barry Sharpless is born in 1941.
American director and producer, Elizabeth LeCompte is born in 1944.
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