March 28th

2001
President George W. Bush publicly rejected the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on climate, a pact never ratified by the Senate.
Views on the Kyoto Protocol
2000
Supreme Court rules unanimously that an anonymous tip does not justify a stop-and-frisk action against a person.
Shira Scheindlin
1990
Jesse Owens receives the Congressional Gold Medal. The African American athlete dominated the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, which were held during the reign of Adolf Hitler's racist nazi regime.
Jesse Owens
1979
Three Mile Island nuclear power plant experiences a partial meltdown and radioactive leak. The coolant leak was the worst commercial nuclear accident in the United States. A continuous string of nuclear disasters, such as Three Mile Island (1979), Chernobyl (1986), and Fukushima (2011) continue to raise doubts about the security and environmental benefit of nuclear power.
Three Mile Island accident
1969
Greek poet Giorgos Seferis speaks out against the military junta. The Nobel Prize laureate issued his now famous statement against Greece's repressive right-wing Regime of the Colonels on the BBC World Service.
Giorgos Seferis
1964
The most violent earthquake (9.2) in the United States struck Prince William Sound, Alaska.
1964 Alaska earthquake
1963
Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Birds is released. The film about a swarm of birds wreaking havoc in Bodega Bay, California has become a classic of the horror movie genre.
The Birds (film)
1946
Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.
Acheson–Lilienthal Report
1941
Novelist and critic Virginia Woolf drowned herself near her home in England at age 59.
Virginia Woolf
1939
The Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco.
Spanish Civil War
1930
The names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara, respectively.
Ankara
1910
The first seaplane in history takes off. French inventor Henri Fabre's Canard (Fabre Hydravion) was the first floatplane to take off from water under its own power. The first flight measured 457 meters.
Fabre Hydravion
1854
Britain and France declared war on Russia during the Crimean War.
Crimean War
1834
The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
Bank War
1797
Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patented a washing machine.
Washing machine
845
Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collects a huge ransom in exchange for leaving.
March 29
364
Roman Emperor Valentinian I appoints his brother Flavius Valens co-emperor.
Valens