May 28th

Pakistan detonates five atom bombs. The nuclear tests came as a response to India's tests just days earlier. Fearing a devastating conflict between the two nuclear powers, a number of countries, including the U.S. and Japan, imposed economic sanctions.
Linda Finch completed Amelia Earhart's attempted around-the-world flight.
Linda Finch
Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old pilot from West Germany, landed his private plane in Moscow’s Red Square. He was arrested and sentenced to four years in a labor camp, but was released after just one.
Mathias Rust
White House "plumbers" break into the Democratic National Headquarters at Watergate in Washington D.C.
Watergate scandal
Amnesty International is founded. The publication of Peter Benenson's article “The forgotten prisoners” is commonly considered the organization's birth hour. Amnesty International is one of the world's most influential human rights organizations.
Amnesty International
Baseball owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to move to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively. Many New Yorkers still haven’t recovered. See other baseball city and nickname changes.
San Francisco Giants
Volkswagen (VW) is founded. The automobile manufacturer whose name means “People's Car” in German is one of the world's biggest. It produced classics like the VW Golf and the VW Beetle.
Alan Turing submits On Computable Numbers for publication. In this landmark paper, the British computer pioneer described the Turing Machine and defined the inherent limits of computation.
1936 in science
The Dionne quintuplets were born in Ontario, Canada.
Dionne quintuplets
The first all-color, full-length talking picture, On With the Show!, debuted.
List of early color feature films
Robert Gould Shaw, leading the first northern all-black regiment, leaves Boston for the Civil War.
Robert Gould Shaw
US Congress authorizes native Indian to be removed from all states to the western prairie.
Indian Removal Act
Spanish Armada under the Duke of Medina-Sidonia departs Lisbon to invade England.
Spanish Armada
Joan of Arc is accused of relapsing into heresy by donning male clothing again, providing justification for her execution.
Trial of Joan of Arc