Friday 28 July 2017, 07:52:32
28 July 1522
: Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent lais siege to the Knights of St. John in Rhodes.
28 July 1741
: Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer, priest and virtuoso violinist, dies in Vienna at age 63.
28 July 1750
: Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer, dies in Leipzig at age 65.
28 July 1794
: Maximilien Robespierre, leader of the French Revolution, is accused of tyranny and guillotined at the Place de la Révolution in Paris at age 36, face-up because the day before he broke his jaw in a suicide attempt.
28 July 1821
: After twelve years of war against Spain José de San Martín proclaims the independence of Peru.
28 July 1858
: Fingerprints are first used by British colonial magistrate William Herschel in India as a means of identification, following examples in ancient Babylon, Rome and East Asia.
28 July 1914
: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia and bombards Belgrade.
28 July 1968
: Otto Hahn, German chemist, the first to split an atomic nucleus in 1938, considered the father of the atomic age, dies in Göttingen at age 89.
28 July 1976
: An 8.3 magnitude earthquake kills hundreds of thousands Chinese and devastates the city of Tangshan|nat.
The meaning of things lies
not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them
. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer (1900-1944)