On This Day In History, 28 March


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World Events Today

  • France declared war on Russia during the Crimean War today in 1854, Britain followed suit the following day
  • The Frenchman Henri Fabre flew the first successful powered seaplane today in 1910
  • Operation Chariot, a British amphibious attack on the heavily defended Normandie dry dock at St Nazaire started today in 1942, the successful mission largely disabled the dock until the end of World War 2

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first World Weightlifting Championship was held today in 1891, it was won by the Englishman Edward Lawrence
  • The British pirate radio station Radio Caroline, after test transmissions the previous day, began regular broadcasting today in 1964
  • The American track and field athlete, four-time gold medal winner, Jesse Owens, was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, by President George H W Bush today in 1990

Family Events Today

  • The legendary English broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson, was born today in 1935 in Yorkshire
  • The English footballer Steve Bull, who scored over 300 goals for Wolverhampton Wanderers, was born today in 1965 in Staffordshire
  • Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as the American singer-songwriter Lada Gaga, was born today in 1986 in New York

Main Event Today

  • The European Parliament voted today in 2019, to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers by 2021

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Something on a Stick Day

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