What Happened On This Day – May 28
1998 Pakistan detonates five atom bombs
The nuclear tests came as a response to India's tests just days earlier. Fearing a devastating conflict between the two nuclear powers, a number of countries, including the U.S. and Japan, imposed economic sanctions.
1987 Mathias Rust lands on the Red Square in Moscow
The 19-year old West German amateur pilot illegally landed his Cessna in the heart of the Russian capital at the height of the Cold War.
1961 Amnesty International is founded
The publication of Peter Benenson's article “The forgotten prisoners” is commonly considered the organization's birth hour. Amnesty International is one of the world's most influential human rights organizations.
1937 Volkswagen (VW) is founded
The automobile manufacturer whose name means “People's Car” in German is one of the world's biggest. It produced classics like the VW Golf and the VW Beetle.
1936 Alan Turing submits On Computable Numbers for publication
In this landmark paper, the British computer pioneer described the Turing Machine and defined the inherent limits of computation.
Births On This Day,
1968 Kylie Minogue
Australian singer-songwriter, producer, actress
1944 Rudy Giuliani
American lawyer, politician, 107th Mayor of New York City
1923 György Ligeti
1908 Ian Fleming
English journalist, author
1883 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
Deaths On This Day,
2014 Maya Angelou
American author, poet, actress, director
1972 Edward VIII
of the United Kingdom
1937 Alfred Adler
1849 Anne Brontë
English author, poet
1843 Noah Webster
American lexicographer, author