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On this day in history - June 28

What Happened On This Day – June 28

  • 1969 A police raid of a gay tavern sparks a series of violent clashes

    The Stonewall Riots in New York City marked the beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States. The Christopher Street Day, a yearly observance for Gay Pride in some European countries, is named after the bar's location.

  • 1967 Israel annexes East Jerusalem

    From Israel's point of view, the annexation effected the reunification of its capital city. However, the international community declared it illegal and views East Jerusalem as Palestinian territory occupied by Israel.

  • 1939 The world's first scheduled transatlantic flight takes off

    The Boeing 314 Clipper flying boat was operated by Pan Am. It took about 24 hours to reach Marseille, France. The scheduled service was soon discontinued again because of the outbreak of World War II.

  • 1914 Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie are assassinated

    Gavrilo Princip's attack effected a crisis among Europe's major powers (July Crisis). This ultimately triggered the First World War, which with over 37 million deaths was one of the bloodiest war of all time. Five years later to the day, the Treaty of Versailles formally ended the war.

  • 1846 The saxophone is patented

    Belgian musician Adolphe Sax developed the woodwind instrument typically made of brass, which in recent decades has heavily influenced the sound of the jazz, military band, rock, and pop musical genres.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
June 28

  • 1940 Muhammad Yunus

    Bangladeshi economist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1926 Mel Brooks

    American actor, director, producer, writer

  • 1712 Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    Swiss philosopher, polymath

  • 1577 Peter Paul Rubens

    Flemish painter

  • 1491 Henry VIII of England

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Deaths On This Day,
June 28

  • 2001 Mortimer J. Adler

    American philosopher, author

  • 1981 Terry Fox

    Canadian athlete, activist

  • 1975 Rod Serling

    American screenwriter, producer, created The Twilight Zone

  • 1962 Mickey Cochrane

    American baseball player, manager

  • 1836 James Madison

    American politician, 4th President of the United States