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Today In History - July 28
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

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Today in History in 1851 a total solar eclipse was captured on a daguerreotype photograph; in1929 Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, American 1st Lady (1961-63) was born in New York; and in 1996 the remains of a prehistoric man was discovered near Kennewick, Washington.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1794 - French Revolution figure Robespierre and 22 other leaders of "the Terror" guillotined to thunderous cheers in Paris
  • 1851 - Total solar eclipse captured on a daguerreotype photograph
  • 1868 - US Secretary of State William H. Seward announces 14th Amendment ratified by states, grants citizenship to ex-slaves
  • 1900 - Hamburger created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut
  • 1914 - First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill orders British Grand Fleet to Scapa Flow
  • 1945 - US Army B-25 crashes into 79th floor of Empire State Bldg, 14 die
  • 1951 - Walt Disney's animated musical film "Alice In Wonderland" released
  • 1965 - LBJ sends 50,000 more soldiers to Vietnam (total of 125,000)
  • 1984 - 23rd modern Olympic games opens in Los Angeles
  • 1986 - NASA releases transcript from doomed Challenger, pilot Michael Smith could be heard saying, "Uh-oh!" as spacecraft disintegrated
  • 1996 - Kennewick Man, the remains of a prehistoric man, is discovered near Kennewick, Washington.
  • 2002 - Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours underground.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1857 - Ballington Booth, Brighouse, England, Officer in The Salvation Army and co-founder of Volunteers of America
  • 1866 - Beatrix Potter, England, children's author and illustrator ("The Tale of Peter Rabbit")
  • 1887 - Marcel Duchamp, Blainville-Crevon, French sculptor and painter (Nude Descending a Staircase)
  • 1901 - Rudy Vallee, Vt, singer (Vagabond Dreams, My Time Is Your Time)
  • 1915 - Charles Townes, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 1964 for mazer-lazer principle), born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1916 - David Brown, film producer ("The Sting", "Jaws", "Cocoon"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929 - Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, NY, American 1st Lady (1961-63)
  • 1943 - Bill Bradley, Crystal City Ms, Basketball player (NY Knicks), Democratic US Senator (1979-1997)
  • 1945 - Jim Davis, Marion Indiana, cartoonist (Garfield)
  • 1954 - Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela (1998-2013), Sabaneta Barinas State, (d. 2013)
  • 1972 - Elizabeth Berkley, Mich, actress (Jessie-Saved by the Bell, Showgirl)

Famous Weddings

  • 1540 - English King Henry VIII marries Catharine Howard, his 5th wife
  • 1683 - Anne Stuart marries prince Georges of Denmark
  • 1727 - Philosopher Jonathan Edwards (23) weds Sarah Pierpont
  • 1847 - Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck (32) weds noblewoman Johanna von Puttkamer (23) in Kolczyglowy, Poland
  • 1906 - Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin (27) weds Ekaterina Svanidze (21) at St. David's Church in Tiflis
  • 1950 - Actress Bette Davis (42) weds actor Gary Merrill (34) in Mexico
  • 1957 - "Wuthering Heights" actress Merle Oberon (46) weds Italian industrialist Bruno Pagliai
  • 1962 - NBA player Lenny Wilkens (24) weds Marilyn Reed
  • 1973 - "Charlie's Angels" actress Farah Fawcett (26) weds "The Six Million Dollar Man" actor Lee Majors (34) at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 - Russian president Vladimir Putin (30) weds flight attendant Lyudmila Shkrebneva (25)
  • 1993 - Pink Floyd vocalist George Roger Waters (49) weds Pricilla Phillips
  • 1997 - Two-time Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton (38) weds documentary director Timothy Delarm (35) in Las Vegas
  • 1999 - "Sixteen Candles" actress Molly Ringwald (31) weds French writer Valery Lamerignere in Bordeaux, France
  • 2001 - Six-time golf winner Nick Faldo (44) weds third wife Valerie Bercher on a lavish ceremony in Windsor, England
  • 2007 - Comedian and actor Steve Martin (61) weds Anne Stringfield (35) at his Los Angeles home
  • 2012 - "Franklin & Bash" actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar (38) weds advertising executive Catriona McGinn at the Sunstone winery in Santa Ynez, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1964 - Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) divorces academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) after 32 days of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1540 - Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII's chief minister, executed
  • 1655 - Cyrano de Bergerac, French dramatist/novelist, dies at 36 in Paris
  • 1655 - Suzuki Shosan, Samurai/monk/propagator of Zen Buddhism, dies at 76
  • 1741 - Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, Italian composer, dies at 63
  • 1750 - Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (Art of the Fugue), dies at 65
  • 2002 - Archer John Porter Martin, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)
  • 2004 - Francis Crick, English molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (1962), dies of colon cancer at 88
  • 2013 - Eileen Breenan, American actress, dies from bladder cancer at 80
  • 2014 - Margot Adler, American journalist, dies from endometrial cancer at 68

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