Today in history 4/28/2017


Today in history, Constantius II visits Rome for the first time in 357.

Today in history, Villagers in Palermo lead a revolt against French rule in Sicily in 1282.

Today in history, French forces besieging Quebec defeat the British in the second Battle on the Plains of Abraham in 1760.

Today in history, Maryland becomes the seventh state to ratify the constitution in 1788.

Today in history, The crew of the HMS Bounty mutinies against Captain William Bligh (see picture below) in 1789.

Today in history, Yokut Indians repel an attack on their land by 100 would-be Indian fighters in California in 1856.

Today in history, Revolution breaks out in the Dominican Republic in 1902.

Today in history, The first organized night baseball game is played in Independence, Kansas in 1930.

Today in history, A yellow fever vaccine for humans is announced in 1932.

Today in history, Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl (see picture below) and five others set out in a balsa wood craft known as Kon Tiki to prove that Peruvian Indians could have settled in Polynesia in 1947.

Today in history, Boxer Muhammad Ali (see picture below) refuses to be inducted into the U.S. Army after his local draft board rejects his application to be classified as a conscientious objector for religious reasons in 1967. (He is a Muslim.) Ali will subsequently be banned from boxing, stripped of his titles, and convicted of draft evasion. In 1971, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court will overturn his conviction.


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