28th July

Born on this day 28th July
1866 Beatrix Potter
1874 Billy Meredith
1901 Rudy Vallee
1929 Jackie Kennedy Onassis
1936 Sir Garfield Sobers
1938 Ian McCaskill
1945 Jim Davis
1945 Richard Wright
1949 Peter Doyle

Died
1655 Cyrano De Bergerac
1741 Antonio Vivaldi
1750 Johann Sebastian Bach

Music
1980 The Dalmount Festival took place in Dublin, featuring The Police, Squeeze, and new act U2.
1992 Rap star Turbo B announced that he had left the group Snap.

Sport
1928 The 9th Olympic Games opened in Amsterdam.
1978 England cricketer David Gower scored first Test century on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand.
1984 The 23rd Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles.

People & Showbiz
1951 Walt Disney’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ animated movie was released in cinemas across the US.
1982 ‘An Officer And A Gentleman’ starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger opened at cinemas across the US.
1995 ‘Waterworld’ starring Kevin Costner, the most expensive movie ever made at almost $200 million opened at cinemas across the US.

General Events
1586 Britain’s first potatos arrived in Plymouth, brought from Columbia by Sir Thomas Harriot.
1858 Fingerprints were first used as a means of identification.
1890 THe Hamburger was created by Louis Lassing in New Haven, Connecticut.
1914 World War I began when Austria-Hungary declared was on Serbia.
1945 An American Air Force bomber flying in dense fog crashed into the 78th floor of the Empire State building killing 11 people and the 3 crew members on board.
1984 Tanzania banned the export of live cheetahs, leopards and products made from the skins of the 2 endangered species.
1988 19 year old Stuart Luck made history when he donated bone marrow to save his father from leukaemia, 8 years after his father had done the same for him.
1995 A Japanese professor claimed a world record after calculating ‘pi’ to more than 3 billion decimal places, a number which would require 100,000 newspaper-sized pages print-out
1997 Prime Minister Tony Blair announced plans to award Britain’s top teachers with knighthoods. He said that bad teachers would have no future under labour and hoped to bring good teachers the respect they once had.

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