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  • 2008 – The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty.
  • 2003 – Peter Hollingworth becomes the first Governor-General of Australia to resign his office as a result of criticism of his conduct.
  • 1998 – Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of nuclear tests by India with five of its own codenamed Chagai-I, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions. Pakistan celebrates Youm-e-Takbir annually.
  • 1987 – A West German pilot, Mathias Rust, who was 18 years old, evades Soviet Union air defenses and lands a private plane in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. He is immediately detained and released on August 3, 1988.
  • 1940 – World War II: Norwegian, French, Polish and British forces recapture Narvik in Norway. This is the first allied infantry victory of the War.
  • 1937 – Volkswagen (VW), the German automobile manufacturer is founded.
  • 1934 – Near Callander, Ontario, Canada, the Dionne quintuplets are born to Oliva and Elzire Dionne; they will be the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
  • 1926 – The 28 May 1926 coup d'état: Ditadura Nacional is established in Portugal to suppress the unrest of the First Republic.
  • 1918 – The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic and the First Republic of Armenia declare their independence.
  • 1907 – The first Isle of Man TT race was held.
  • 1830 – U.S. President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act which relocates Native Americans.
  • 1754 – French and Indian War: In the first engagement of the war, Virginia militia under the 22-year-old Lieutenant colonel George Washington defeat a French reconnaissance party in the Battle of Jumonville Glen in what is now Fayette County in southwestern Pennsylvania.


  • 1991 – Sharrif Floyd, American football player. Floyd was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
  • 1988 – Craig Kimbrel, American baseball player. Craig Michael Kimbrel (born May 28, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB).
  • 1988 – NaVorro Bowman, American football player. NaVorro Roderick Bowman (born May 28, 1988) is a former American football linebacker who played eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1988 – Percy Harvin, American football player. Harvin also played for the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.
  • 1986 – Seth Rollins, American wrestler. Colby Lopez (born May 28, 1986) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Seth Rollins.
  • 1985 – Colbie Caillat, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. At that time, she was the number one unsigned artist of her genre.
  • 1983 – Humberto Sánchez, Dominican-American baseball player. Sánchez (born May 28, 1983) is a Dominican minor league pitching coach and former professional baseball pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).
  • 1983 – Steve Cronin, American soccer player. Steve Michael Cronin (born May 28, 1983 in Sacramento, California) is a retired American soccer player who most recently played for D.C.
  • 1982 – Alexa Davalos, French-American actress. She has also appeared on the television series Reunion (2005–06) and in Frank Darabont's Mob City (2013).
  • 1982 – Jhonny Peralta, Dominican-American baseball player. He subsequently played for the Detroit Tigers and St.
  • 1981 – Daniel Cabrera, Dominican-American baseball player. He is a tall pitcher, standing at 6' 7" and 225 lb.
  • 1981 – Eric Ghiaciuc, American football player. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
  • 1979 – Abdulaziz al-Omari, Saudi Arabian terrorist, hijacker of American Airlines Flight 11 (d. 2001), was a Saudi airport security guard and imam who was one of five hijackers of American Airlines Flight 11 as part of the September 11 attacks.
  • 1979 – Ronald Curry, American football player and coach. Ronald Antonio Curry (born May 28, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver and current wide receivers coach with the New Orleans Saints.
  • 1977 – Elisabeth Hasselbeck, American talk show host and author. She married NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck the following year.
  • 1975 – Maura Johnston, American journalist, critic, and academic. Johnston (born May 28, 1975) is a writer, editor and music critic.
  • 1971 – Marco Rubio, American lawyer and politician. Marco Antonio Rubio (born May 28, 1971) is an American politician serving as the senior United States senator from Florida.
  • 1969 – Mike DiFelice, American baseball player and manager. Michael William DiFelice (/ˌdiːfɪˈliːs/; born May 28, 1969) is a former Major League Baseball journeyman catcher.
  • 1967 – Glen Rice, American basketball player. Glen Anthony Rice Sr. (born May 28, 1967) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1966 – Roger Kumble, American director, screenwriter, and playwright. Roger Kumble (born May 28, 1966) is an American film director, screenwriter, and playwright.
  • 1965 – Chris Ballew, American singer-songwriter and bass player. Christopher Ballew (born May 28, 1965) is an American musician best known as the former lead singer and 'basitarist' of the alternative rock group The Presidents of the United States of America.
  • 1964 – Armen Gilliam, American basketball player and coach (d. 2011), was an American professional basketball player who played 13 years in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1987 to 2000. He also played one season (2005–06) for the Pittsburgh Xplosion of the American Basketball Association.
  • 1964 – Phil Vassar, American singer-songwriter. In 1999, he was named by American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) as Country Songwriter of the Year.
  • 1963 – Houman Younessi, Australian-American biologist and academic, was an American educator, practitioner, consultant and investigator in informatics, large scale software development processes, computer science, decision science, molecular biology and functional genomics. He was a research professor at University of Connecticut, and was previously the head of faculty and professor at Hartford Graduate Campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Hartford, Connecticut and prior to that, a member of the faculty at Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia where he attained tenure in 1997.
  • 1960 – Mark Sanford, American captain and politician, 115th Governor of South Carolina. House of Representatives.
  • 1957 – Ben Howland, American basketball player and coach. Benjamin Clark Howland (born May 28, 1957) is an American college basketball coach for the Mississippi State Bulldogs and former player.
  • 1957 – Kirk Gibson, American baseball player and manager. Kirk Harold Gibson (nicknamed "Gibby") (born May 28, 1957) is an American former professional baseball player and manager.
  • 1956 – Jerry Douglas, American guitarist and producer. Gerald Calvin "Jerry" Douglas (born May 28, 1956) is an American resonator guitar and lap steel guitar player and record producer.
  • 1955 – Laura Amy Schlitz, American author and librarian. Newbery Medal 2008 Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
  • 1955 – Mark Howe, American ice hockey player and coach. Mark Steven Howe (born May 28, 1955) is a retired American professional ice hockey left winger and later defenseman who played sixteen seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) and six seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA).
  • 1952 – Roger Briggs, American pianist, composer, conductor, and educator. Roger Briggs (born May 28, 1952) is an American composer, conductor, pianist, and educator.
  • 1949 – Wendy O. Williams, American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress (d. 1998), was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Webster, New York, she came to prominence as the lead singer of the punk rock band Plasmatics.
  • 1947 – Leland Sklar, American singer-songwriter and bass player. Leland Bruce Sklar (born May 28, 1947) is an American electric bass guitarist and session musician.
  • 1946 – Skip Jutze, American baseball player. He played all or part of six seasons in Major League Baseball, primarily as a catcher.
  • 1945 – John Fogerty, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. The group had nine top-ten singles and eight gold albums between 1968 and 1972, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
  • 1945 – John N. Bambacus, American sergeant and politician. Bambacus (born May 28, 1945) is an American politician, and represented District 1 in the Maryland Senate, which covers Garrett, Allegany, and Washington Counties.
  • 1945 – Patch Adams, American physician and author, founded the Gesundheit! Institute. Hunter Doherty "Patch" Adams (born May 28, 1945) is an American physician, comedian, social activist, clown, and author.
  • 1944 – Billy Vera, American singer-songwriter and actor. He continues to perform with his group Billy Vera & The Beaters, and won a Grammy Award in 2013.
  • 1944 – Gary Stewart, American singer-songwriter (d. 2003). Gary Stewart is the name of:
  • 1944 – Gladys Knight, American singer-songwriter and actress. A seven-time Grammy Award-winner, Knight is known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips, which also included her brother Merald "Bubba" Knight and cousins Edward Patten and William Guest.
  • 1944 – Rudy Giuliani, American lawyer and politician, 107th mayor of New York City. Mayor of New York City
  • 1942 – Stanley B. Prusiner, American neurologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate. Prusiner discovered prions, a class of infectious self-reproducing pathogens primarily or solely composed of protein.
  • 1941 – Beth Howland, American actress and singer (d. 2015). She worked on stage and television, and was best known for playing Vera Gorman in Alice, the sitcom inspired by the Martin Scorsese film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974).
  • 1940 – Shlomo Riskin, American rabbi and academic, founded the Lincoln Square Synagogue. Shlomo Riskin (born May 28, 1940) is an Orthodox rabbi, and the founding rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue on the Upper West Side of New York City, which he led for 20 years; founding chief rabbi of the Israeli settlement of Efrat in the West Bank; dean of Manhattan Day School in New York City; and founder and Chancellor of the Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, a network of high schools, colleges, and graduate Programs in the United States and Israel.
  • 1938 – Jerry West, American basketball player, coach, and manager. His nicknames included Mr.
  • 1936 – Betty Shabazz, American educator and activist (d. 1997), was an American educator and civil rights advocate. She was the wife of Malcolm X.
  • 1933 – John Karlen, American actor. John Karlen (born John Adam Karlewicz; May 28, 1933) is an American character actor who played multiple roles (Willie Loomis, Carl Collins, William H.
  • 1933 – Zelda Rubinstein, American actress and activist (d. 2010), was an American actress and human rights activist, known as eccentric medium Tangina Barrons in the Poltergeist film series. Playing "Ginny", she was a regular on David E.
  • 1931 – Carroll Baker, American actress. After studying under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, Baker began performing on Broadway in 1954.
  • 1931 – Gordon Willis, American cinematographer (d. 2014), was an American cinematographer and film director. He is best known for his photographic work on seven Woody Allen films (including Annie Hall and Manhattan), six Alan J.
  • 1930 – Edward Seaga, American-Jamaican academic and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Jamaica, was a Jamaican politician. He was the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica, from 1980 to 1989, and the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1974 to 2005.
  • 1928 – Sally Forrest, American actress and dancer (d. 2015), was an American film, stage and TV actress of the 1940s and 1950s. She studied dance from a young age and shortly out of high school was signed to a contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
  • 1922 – Lou Duva, American boxer, trainer, and manager (d. 2017), was a boxing trainer, manager and boxing promoter who handled nineteen world champions. The Duva family promoted boxing events in over twenty countries on six continents.
  • 1917 – Barry Commoner, American biologist, academic, and politician (d. 2012), was an American cellular biologist, college professor, and politician. He was a leading ecologist and among the founders of the modern environmental movement.
  • 1916 – Walker Percy, American novelist and essayist (d. 1990), was an American writer, whose interests included philosophy and semiotics. Percy is known for his philosophical novels set in and around New Orleans, the first of which, The Moviegoer, won the U.S.
  • 1915 – Joseph Greenberg, American linguist and academic (d. 2001), was an American linguist, known mainly for his work concerning linguistic typology and the genetic classification of languages.
  • 1910 – T-Bone Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1975), was an American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who was a pioneer and innovator of the jump blues and electric blues sound. In 2018 Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 37 on its list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
  • 1903 – S. L. Kirloskar, Indian businessman, founded Kirloskar Group (d. 1994), was an Indian businessman who was instrumental in the rapid growth of the Kirloskar Group.
  • 1900 – Tommy Ladnier, American trumpet player (d. 1939), was an American jazz trumpeter. French jazz critic Hugues Panassié rated him second only to Louis Armstrong.
  • 1892 – Minna Gombell, American actress (d. 1973), was an American stage and film actress. She was sometimes billed as Minna Gombel.
  • 1888 – Jim Thorpe, American decathlete, football player, and coach (d. 1953), was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe became the first Native American to win a gold medal for the United States.
  • 1883 – Clough Williams-Ellis, English-Welsh architect, designed the Portmeirion Village (d. 1978), was a British architect known chiefly as the creator of the Italianate village of Portmeirion in North Wales.
  • 1858 – Carl Richard Nyberg, Swedish inventor and businessman, developed the blow torch (d. 1939), was the founder of Max Sieverts Lödlampfabrik, then one of the largest industries in Sundbyberg, Sweden. Nyberg was born in Arboga.
  • 1837 – George Ashlin, Irish architect, co-designed St Colman's Cathedral (d. 1921), was an Irish architect, particularly noted for his work on churches and cathedrals. He had an early association with leading architect E.W.
  • 1837 – Tony Pastor, American impresario, variety performer and theatre owner (d. 1908), was an American impresario, variety performer and theatre owner who became one of the founding forces behind American vaudeville in the mid- to late-nineteenth century. He was sometimes referred to as the "Dean of Vaudeville." The strongest elements of his entertainments were an almost jingoistic brand of United States patriotism and a strong commitment to attracting a "mixed-gender" audience, the latter being something revolutionary in the male-oriented variety halls of the mid-century.
  • 1818 – P. G. T. Beauregard, American general (d. 1893). Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard (May 28, 1818 – February 20, 1893) was an American military officer who was the first prominent general of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.
  • 1807 – Louis Agassiz, Swiss-American paleontologist and geologist (d. 1873), was a Swiss biologist and geologist recognized as an innovative and prodigious scholar of Earth's natural history. Agassiz grew up in Switzerland.
  • 1764 – Edward Livingston, American jurist and politician, 11th United States Secretary of State (d. 1836), was an American jurist and statesman. He was an influential figure in the drafting of the Louisiana Civil Code of 1825, a civil code based largely on the Napoleonic Code.


  • 2015 – Reynaldo Rey, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2015 – Steven Gerber, American pianist and composer (b. 1948)
  • 2014 – Bob Houbregs, Canadian-American basketball player and manager (b. 1932)
  • 2014 – Malcolm Glazer, American businessman (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Maya Angelou, American memoirist and poet (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Oscar Dystel, American publisher (b. 1912)
  • 2010 – Gary Coleman, American actor (b. 1968)
  • 2004 – Michael Buonauro, American author and illustrator (b. 1979)
  • 2003 – Martha Scott, American actress (b. 1912)
  • 2002 – Mildred Benson, American journalist and author (b. 1905)
  • 2001 – Joe Moakley, American lawyer and politician (b. 1927)
  • 2000 – George Irving Bell, American physicist, biologist, and mountaineer (b. 1926)
  • 1998 – Phil Hartman, Canadian-American actor and comedian (b. 1948)
  • 1994 – Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American author and academic (b. 1916)
  • 1994 – Julius Boros, American golfer (b. 1920)
  • 1988 – Sy Oliver, American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • 1983 – Erastus Corning 2nd, American soldier and politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany (b. 1909)
  • 1981 – Mary Lou Williams, American pianist and composer (b. 1910)
  • 1975 – Ezzard Charles, American boxer (b. 1921)
  • 1971 – Audie Murphy, American lieutenant and actor, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1925)
  • 1964 – Terry Dillon, American football player (b. 1941)
  • 1946 – Carter Glass, American publisher and politician, 47th United States Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1858)
  • 1904 – Kicking Bear, Native American tribal leader (b. 1846)
  • 1843 – Noah Webster, American lexicographer (b. 1758)