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On This Day in History

Amber Brandt  |  March 27, 2023
You may think March 28th feels like any other Tuesday, but it’s shocking just how many historical moments have happened on this “regular” day in history. Here’s a quick (and fascinating) walk through the last 540 years!

1483 – Birthday of Santi Raphael (Italian painter, architect)
1515 – Birthday of Teresa of Avila (Spanish mystic writer/saint)
1797 – Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine.
1854 – France and England declared war on Russia, joining forces with the Ottoman Turks in the Crimean War.
1855 – The Salvation Army was officially organized in the U.S.
1864 – A group of Copperheads attack Federal soldiers in Charleston, IL. Five are killed and 20 wounded.
1890 – Birthday of Paul Whiteman (dubbed the “King of Jazz” for taking jazz mainstream in the 1920s/30s)
1891 – 1st world weightlifting championship won by Edward Lawrence in London, England.
1908 – Automobile owners lobby Congress in support of a bill that calls for vehicle licensing and federal registration.
1910 – The first seaplane in history took off.
1911 – In New York, suffragists performed the political play “Pageant of Protest.”
1917 – The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corp was founded, Great Britain’s first official service women.
1920 – Numerous tornadoes swept through the Midwest and southern region of the U.S. killing more than 200 people and injuring over 1,000.
1922 – Bradley A. Fiske patented a microfilm reading device.
1930 – Turkish cities Constantinople and Angora changed their names to Istanbul and Ankara.
1930 – Jerome Isaac Friedman, an American physicist helped confirm the existence of quarks.
1933 – Nazis ordered a ban on all Jews in businesses, professions, and schools.
1936 – Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize for literature.
1938 – In Italy, psychiatrists demonstrated the use of electric-shock therapy for treatment of certain mental illnesses.
1939 – The Spanish Civil War ended.
1942 – King George VI awarded people of Malta with the George Cross Medal of Bravery for their heroism while under attack by Italian and German bombers.
1946 – Birthday of Alejandro Toledo (48th president of Peru)
1947 – The American Helicopter Society revealed a flying device that could be strapped to a person’s body.
1955 – Birthday of Reba McEntire (Musician and actress)
1963 – Alfred Hitchcock’s movie The Birds is released.
1963 – Sonny Werblin announced the New York Titans of the American Football League was changing is names to the NY Jets.
1963 – Birthday of Bernice King (Daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.)
1964 – The most violent earthquake (9.2) in the United States struck Prince William Sound, Alaska.
1964 – Pirate radio station Radio Caroline began broadcast.
1964 – The Beatles have 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 at the same time (surpassing the previous record set by Elvis Presley).
1967 – Van Morrison recorded “Brown Eyed Girl.”
1968 – The U.S. lost its first F-111 aircraft in Vietnam when it vanished while on a combat mission.
1969 – Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president, died at the age of 78.
1969 – Birthday of Salt (Cheryl James, rapper of Salt-n-Pepa)
1969 – Birthday of Vince Vaughn (actor)
1972 – Elvis Presley recorded “Burning Love,” his last major hit.
1974 – A streaker ran onto the set of “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.”
1976 – Genesis began its first North American tour since Peter Gabriel’s departure with Phil Collins as the new lead singer.
1979 – Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant experiences a partial meltdown and radioactive leak.
1981 – Birthday of Julia Stiles (actress)
1986 – More than 6,000 radio stations of all format varieties played “We are the World” simultaneously at 10:15 a.m. EST.
1986 – Birthday of Lady Gaga (Musician and actress)
1987 – Birthday of Jonathan Van Ness (Stylist, author, and reality TV star)
1990 – In Britain, a joint Anglo-U.S. sting operation ended with the seizure of 40 capacitors, which can be used in the trigger mechanism of a nuclear weapon.
1990 – Lithuania (formerly a part of the USSR) dropped border guards.
2001 – Sean Puffy Combs (AKA Puff Daddy) told MTV he wanted to now be known as P.Diddy.
2002 – Charlotte, the wife of Lt. Colonel Mark Engenan received the “Spouse of the Year Award” in Italy. She was a very active medical volunteer in Northern Italy.
2002 – The National Museum of American History put a cornet that had belonged to Louis Armstrong on display.
2008 – Germany becomes the first country to recognize Kosovo’s independence.
2010 – China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. signed a deal to buy Ford Motor Company’s Volvo car unit.
2017 – In Kimberley, Western Australia, a sauropod footprint was found that measured five feet and nine inches long.

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