28th May

Born on this Day 28th May
1910 Rachel Kempson
1911 Dame Thora Hird
1930 Julian Slade
1944 Gladys Knight
1947 Faith Brown
1947 Sondra Locke
1959 Steve Strange
1968 Kylie Minogue
1970 Mark Richardson

Died on this Day
1738 Joseph-Ignace Guillotin
1908 Ian Fleming


1983 The US ’83 Festival took place in California, headlining Van Halen, The Clash, Judas Priest, The Scorpions, David Bowie and Men At Work.

1997 Bob Dylan called off his British tour after being taken to hospital suffering from a heart complaint.


1967 65 year old English yachtsman Francis Chichester arrived at Plymouth, having sailed around the world single-handedly in his Gypsy Moth IV.

1990 The Albanian football team stole £2000 worth of goods from the duty-free shop at Heathrow Airport.

1990 Swindon Town FC was promoted to the First Division for the first time.

1992 Nigell Mansell escaped unhurt from a spectacular 160 mph spin in practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

People & Showbiz

1990 ITV’s Telethon ’90 raised a record £24 million for charity.

1992 In the first bout of torrential rain for weeks, Prince Charles made a speech in Devon advising people to save water, speaking about how unlimited water supplies could no longer be taken for granted.

1995 The new £33 million Opera House at Glyndebourne opened with a production of “The Marriage Of Figaro”, which was televised on Channel 4.

General Events

1842 The first public laundry was opened on Frederick Street, Salford in Lancashire.

1858 Tonic water was first patented by Erasmus Bond from London.

1984 The RSPCA was investigate a complaint of cruelty to worms after a charity competition at a public house in Likeard, Cornwall, where contestants coaxed worms to the surface.

1988 Six year old Bernard Ward, believed to have special powers as the seventh son of the seventh son, was kidnapped for the second time in a year.

1989 In Wicklewood, near Walton, Norfolk, two metal detector enthusiasts discovered 450 silver coins dating back from the 12th century.

1993 The bosses of MacDonald’s were to sue a company in Hamburg, Germany for making condoms with the burger firm’s logo on it.

1999 NATO warned Slobodan Milosevic that he had 3 weeks in which to surrender before ground troops would be sent to fight their way into Kosovo.

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