Today in History
May 28

585 BC A solar eclipse interrupts a battle outside Sardis in western Turkey between Medes and Lydians. The battle ends in a draw.
1805 Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned in Milan, Italy.
1830 Congress authorizes Indian removal from all states to the western Prairie.
1863 The 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African-American recruits, leaves Boston, headed for Hilton Head, South Carolina.
1859 The French army launches a flanking attack on the Austrian army in Northern France.
1871 The Paris commune is suppressed by troops from Versailles.
1900 Britain annexes the Orange Free State in South Africa.
1940 Belgium surrenders to Germany.
1953 Melody, the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiers.
1961 Amnesty International, a human rights organization, is founded.
Born on May 28
1759 William Pitt the Younger, prime minister of England (1783-1801).
1738 Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French inventor of the execution device which bears his name.
1779 Thomas Moore, Irish poet.
1807 Jean Agassiz, naturalist and educator.
1818 P. G. T. Beauregard, Confederate general during the American Civil War.
1888 Jim Thorpe, American athlete.
1908 Ian Fleming, British novelist, created the character James Bond.
1910 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist and singer.
1912 Patrick White, Australian writer (The Tree of Man, The Eye of the Storm).
1916 Walker Percy, writer (The Moviegoer, Love in the Ruins).
1918 Herb Shriner, radio humorist.
1919 May Swenson, poet.
1932 Stephen Birmingham, novelist and biographer.
1936 Fred Chappell, poet and novelist.
1940 Maeve Binchy, Irish writer (Circle of Friends, The Copper Beach).

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