Today in history: July 28, start of the First World War
Today in History
Today is Thursday, July 28, the 209th day of 2022. There are 156 days left in the year.
Highlights from today’s story:
On July 28, 1945, the United States Senate ratified the Charter of the United Nations by a vote of 89 to 2. A United States Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building in New York, killing 14 people .
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In 1609, the English ship Sea Venture, commanded by Admiral Sir George Somers, ran aground on Bermuda, where the passengers and crew founded a colony.
In 1914, World War I broke out when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
In 1932, federal troops forcibly dispersed the so-called “Bonus Army” of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington to demand payments they were not to receive until 1945.
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced the end of coffee rationing, which had limited people to one pound of coffee every five weeks since its inception in November 1942.
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000 “almost immediately”.
In 1976, an earthquake devastated northern China, killing at least 242,000 people, according to an official estimate.
In 1984, the Los Angeles Summer Olympics opened.
In 1995, a jury in Union, South Carolina, rejected the death penalty for Susan Smith, sentencing her to life in prison for drowning her two young sons (Smith will be eligible for parole in 2024).
In 2015, it was announced that Jonathan Pollard, the former US Navy intelligence analyst who had spent nearly three decades in prison for spying for Israel, had been granted parole.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president at the party convention in Philadelphia, where she presented herself as a unifier for divided times as well as a seasoned leader armed for a volatile world while challenging aggressively the ability of Republican Donald Trump to lead.
In 2019, a gunman opened fire at a popular garlic festival in Gilroy, California, killing three people, including a six-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, and injuring 17 others before suicide.
In 2020, President Donald Trump vigorously defended the debunked use of a malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, to treat COVID-19, hours after social media companies took down videos shared by Trump, his son and others promoting its use; Trump also retweeted several attacks on the credibility of Dr. Anthony Fauci, a prominent member of the White House coronavirus task force.
Ten years ago: The Syrian government launched an offensive to retake rebel-held neighborhoods in the national commercial center of Aleppo. At the London Olympics, Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen set the first world record by winning the women’s 400m medley in 4:28.43. Ryan Lochte of the US, won the men’s 400-metre medley in 4:05.18.
Five years ago: The Senate voted 51 to 49 to reject Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s last ditch effort to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul with a scaled-down bill; John McCain, who was about to begin treatment for a brain tumor, joined two other GOP senators in voting against the repeal effort. President Donald Trump has announced that he is appointing Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as his chief of staff. Defrocked priest Paul Shanley, who was at the center of Boston’s Roman Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal, has been released from prison at the age of 86.
A year ago: The Senate voted to begin work on a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure plan after the White House and a bipartisan group of senators agreed on key provisions of the package, a key item on President Joe Biden’s agenda. New federal government guidelines even calling for vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in parts of the country have sparked a cascade of mask rules across the country as cities, states, schools and businesses were rushing to reinstate mandates and others were pushing back on directives. Texas blues rock trio ZZ Top have announced that long-bearded bassist Dusty Hill has died at the age of 72.
Today’s birthdays: Actor Darryl Hickman turns 91. Conductor Riccardo Muti is 81 years old. Former senator and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Bradley is 79. “Garfield” creator Jim Davis is 77 years old. Singer Jonathan Edwards is 76 years old. Actress Linda Kelsey is 76 years old. Producer Dick Ebersol is 75 years old. Actress Sally Struthers is 75. Rock musician Simon Kirke (Bad Company) is 73 years old. Rock musician Steve Morse (Deep Purple) is 68 years old. Former CBS anchor Scott Pelley is 65. Alternative country-rock musician Marc Perlman is 61 years old. Actor Michael Hayden is 59 years old. Actor Lori Loughlin is 58 years old. Jazz musician-producer Delfeayo Marsalis is 57 years old. Former hockey player Garth Snow is 53 years old. Actor Elizabeth Berkley is 50 years old. The Afroman singer is 48 years old. Rock singer Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) is 46 years old. Actor John David Washington is 38 years old. Actor Jon Michael Hill is 37 years old. Actor Dustin Milligan is 37 years old. Actor Nolan Gerard Funk is 36 years old. Rapper Soulja Boy is 32 years old. Pop/rock singer Cher Lloyd (TV: “The X Factor”) is 29. Golfer Nelly Korda is 24.