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Friday, July 28th 2017

Today is the 209th day of 2017.  There are 156 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1540 King Henry VIII's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed. The same day, Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.
1794 Maximilien Robespierre, a leading figure of the French Revolution, was sent to the guillotine.
1821 Peru declared its independence from Spain.
1868 The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing due process of law, was declared in effect.
1896 The city of Miami, Fla., was incorporated.
1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. World War I began as declarations of war by other European nations quickly followed.
1932 Federal troops forcibly dispersed the so-called ''Bonus Army'' of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington, D.C., to demand money they weren't scheduled to receive until 1945.
1945 A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City's Empire State Building, killing 14 people.
1959 In preparation for statehood, Hawaiians voted to send the first Chinese-American, Hiram L. Fong, to the Senate and the first Japanese-American, Daniel K. Inouye, to the House of Representatives.
1965 President Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.
1976 An earthquake devastated northern China, killing at least 242,000 people.
1995 A jury in Union, S.C., rejected the death penalty for Susan Smith, sentencing her instead to life in prison for drowning her two young sons.
1998 Bell Atlantic and GTE announced a $52 billion deal to create the second-largest phone company.
1998 Monica Lewinsky was given blanket immunity from prosecution in exchange for grand jury testimony in the investigation of her relationship with President Clinton.

Born on this day

1929 Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, first lady from 1961 to 1963, was born in Southampton, N.Y.

Died on this day

1750 Composer Johann Sebastian Bach died in Leipzig, Germany.
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