Today in History May 28, 2022 | Story

Today’s high point in history

May 28, 1863: The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, made up of freed blacks, leaves Boston to fight for the Union during the Civil War.

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In 1892: The Sierra Club is organized in San Francisco.

In 1918: American troops fought their first major battle in World War I when they launched an offensive against the French village of Cantigny under German control; the Americans managed to take the village.

In 1934: The Dionne quintuplets – Annette, Cécile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne – were born to Elzire Dionne on the family farm in Ontario, Canada.

In 1937: Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain.

In 1940: During World War II, the Belgian army surrenders to the invading German forces.

In 1959: The US military launched Able, a rhesus monkey, and Baker, a squirrel monkey, aboard a Jupiter missile for a suborbital flight which both primates survived.

In 1964: The charter of the Palestine Liberation Organization was published at the start of a meeting of the Palestinian National Congress in Jerusalem.

In 1972: Edward, the Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the throne of England to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, died in Paris at the age of 77.

In 1977: 165 people were killed when fire ripped through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky.

In 1987: To the great embarrassment of Soviet officials, Mathias Rust, a young West German pilot, landed a private plane in Moscow’s Red Square without permission. (Rust was liberated by the Soviets the following year.)

1998: “Saturday Night Live” and “NewsRadio” comedian Phil Hartman was shot dead at his home in Encino, California by his wife, Brynn, who later committed suicide.

In 2020: People set fire to a Minneapolis police station that the department was forced to abandon amid widespread protests over the death of George Floyd. Protesters in New York defied a coronavirus ban on public gatherings, clashing with police; Protesters blocked traffic and destroyed vehicles in downtown Denver before police used tear gas to disperse the crowd. At least seven people have been shot as gunfire erupts during a protest in Louisville, Ky., demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was fatally shot by police in her home in March .

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama paid tribute on Memorial Day to the men and women who died defending America; Speaking at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, Obama singled out Vietnam veterans as an underappreciated and sometimes maligned group of war heroes.

Five years ago: A series of shootings in rural Mississippi claimed the lives of eight people, including the sheriff’s deputy. (Willie Cory Godbolt was convicted of the murders and sentenced to death.) Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 to give owner Michael Andretti a second straight victory. Angelique Kerber became the first female No. 1 seed to be beaten in the first round of the Open-era French Open, losing 6-2, 6-2 to 40th-placed Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

A year ago: Officials announced that the remains of more than 200 children, some as young as 3, had been found buried at the site of what was once Canada’s largest Indian residential school. (Unidentified remains are also believed to be found in unmarked graves at other boarding schools across Canada.) Senate Republicans have blocked the creation of an independent, bipartisan panel to investigate the Jan. 6 attack. against the Capitol, displaying continued loyalty to former President Donald Trump; the vote meant that questions about who should bear responsibility for the attack would continue to be dealt with by congressional committees. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said children at summer camps may not wear masks outside, with some exceptions.

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