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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May 28 - This Day in History

May 28 : General Interest
1961: Appeal for Amnesty campaign launches

On this day in 1961, the British newspaper The London Observer publishes British lawyer Peter Benenson's article "The Forgotten Prisoners" on its front page, launching the Appeal for Amnesty 1961--a campaign calling for the release of all people imprisoned in various parts of the world because of the peaceful expression of their beliefs... read more

American Revolution
1754 : Lieutenant Colonel George Washington begins the Seven Years' War

1937 : Volkswagen is founded

Civil War
1863 : African-American regiment departs for combat

Cold War
1987 : Matthias Rust lands his plane in Red Square

1986 : The decision in a well-known securities fraud case is upheld

1965 : Mine explosion kills hundreds in India

General Interest
1754 : First blood of the French and Indian War
1991 : Ethiopian capital falls to rebels

1998 : Comic Phil Hartman killed by wife

1935 : Tortilla Flat is published

1983 : Irene Cara has a #1 pop hit with the Flashdance theme

Old West
1902 : The Virginian is published

1754 : British soldier George Washington experiences combat for first time

1957 : Baseball owners allow Dodgers and Giants to move

Vietnam War
1969 : U.S. troops abandon "Hamburger Hill"

World War I
1918 : U.S. troops score victory at Cantigny

World War II
1940 : Belgium surrenders unconditionally

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