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On July 28th, 1750, composer Johann
Sebastian Bach died in Leipzig, Germany.
On this date:
In 1540, King Henry the Eighth's chief minister,
Thomas Cromwell, was executed, the same day Henry
married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.
Maximilien Robespierre, a leading figure of the
French Revolution, was sent to the guillotine.
In 1821, Peru
declared its independence from Spain.
In 1868, the
Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution,
guaranteeing due process of law, was declared in
In 1896, the city
of Miami, Florida, was incorporated.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, first lady of
the United States from 1961 to 1963, was born in
Southampton, New York.
In 1943, President
Roosevelt announced the end of coffee rationing.
In 1945, a US Army
bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York's
Empire State Building, killing 14 people.
In 1965, President
Johnson announced he was increasing the number of
American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to
In 1977, Roy
Wilkins turned over leadership of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People
to Benjamin L. Hooks.
Ten years ago:
Political newcomer and upset winner Alberto
Fujimori was sworn in as president of Peru.
Five years ago: A
jury in Union, South Carolina, rejected the death
penalty for Susan Smith, sentencing her instead
to life in prison for drowning her two young sons
(Smith will be eligible for parole after 30
One year ago: The
Senate opened debate on the Republicans' $792
billion tax cut bill. Surgeon General David
Satcher declared suicide a serious national
threat, saying, "People should not be afraid
or ashamed to seek help."
"Verily, when the
day of judgment comes, we shall not be asked what
we have read, but what we have done."
Thomas a Kempis, German theologian (1380-1471).