April 28th

2011
Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping Jaycee Dugard, who was abducted in California in 1991 at age 11 and rescued 18 years later. (The Garridos were sentenced to up to life in prison.).
List of inmates of United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth
2009
Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party.
Arlen Specter
2004
The first Abu Ghraib torture pictures are published. The images aired in a 60 Minutes II report showed gross human rights violations, including torture and murder, committed by U.S. soldiers and CIA personnel in the Baghdad prison.
Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse
2003
Apple Computer Inc. launched the iTunes store.
iTunes Store
2001
Dennis Tito becomes the first space tourist in history. A Russian rocket transported the Californian billionaire to the International Space Station (ISS).
Dennis Tito
1996
President Bill Clinton gave 4 1/2 hours of videotaped testimony as a defense witness in the criminal trial of his former Whitewater business partners.
Whitewater controversy
1994
Former CIA officer Aldrich Ames admits he forwarded U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union. Ames was sentenced to life imprisonment for his activities which amounted to one of the most damaging spy cases in U.S. history.
Foreign Intelligence Service (Russia)
1992
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture unveiled its first “food pyramid.”.
History of USDA nutrition guides
1990
The musical 'A Chorus Line' closed after 6,137 performances on Broadway.
A Chorus Line
1980
Secretary of State Cyrus Vance resigned over his opposition to the failed rescue mission aimed at freeing American hostages in Iran.
Cyrus Vance
1977
Andreas Baader and members of terrorist group the Red Army Faction (Baader-Meinhof Gang) jailed for life after a trial lasting nearly 2 years in Stuttgart, Germany.
Red Army Faction
1969
Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France. De Gaulle founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and became its first President a year later.
Charles de Gaulle
1967
Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army.
Clay v. United States
1947
Thor Heyerdahl begins his legendary journey on Kon-Tiki. The Norwegian explorer and his crew set out on the 101-day journey on the self-built raft to prove that South Americans could have reached and settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
Kon-Tiki expedition
1945
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were executed.
Death of Benito Mussolini
1937
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was born near the desert town of Tikrit.
Saddam Hussein
1910
First night air flight by Claude Grahame-White in England.
Claude Grahame-White
1789
The crew of the British ship Bounty mutineed, setting Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific.
Mutiny on the Bounty
1788
Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
Timeline of drafting and ratification of the United States Constitution ...
1770
British Captain James Cook, aboard the Endeavour, lands at Botany Bay in Australia.
First voyage of James Cook
1611
Establishment of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines, the oldest existing university in Asia and the largest Catholic university in the world.
University of Santo Tomas