May 28: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1588 - The Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 men, sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, heading for the English Channel. (It will take until May 30 for all ships to leave port.)
- 1754 - French and Indian War: in the first engagement of the war, Virginia militia under the 22-year-old Lieutenant colonel George Washington defeat a French reconnaissance party in the Battle of Jumonville Glen in what is now Fayette County in southwestern Pennsylvania.
- 1937 - The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, D.C., who pushes a button signaling the start of vehicle traffic over the span.
- 1999 - In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece The Last Supper is put back on display.
- 2002 - The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planetMars.
- Famous Birthdays: Jacopo Riccati (Italian mathematician), Alexander Mitscherlich (German chemist), Ian Fleming (English journalist and author), Patrick White (English-Australian author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate), Stanley B. Prusiner (American neurologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate)
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