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On This Day In History - March 28

By CM Chaney · March 28, 2024

On This Day In History - March 28

"On This Day in History" is a captivating journey through time, revisiting the most significant events that have occurred on this very date throughout the years.

From monumental political decisions and groundbreaking scientific discoveries to unforgettable moments in sports and cultural milestones, each article in this series will transport you back to a specific day, offering a glimpse into the past and revealing how these events have shaped our world.

Join us as we uncover the fascinating stories that have left an indelible mark on history.  Wikimedia

1472: Fra Bartolommeo, High Renaissance Painter, Born

Fra Bartolommeo, a leading Florentine High Renaissance painter known for works like "God the Father with SS. Catherine of Siena and Mary Magdalene," was born.  Wikimedia/Fra Bartolomeo

1854: France and England Declare War on Russia

France and England allied with the Ottoman Turks, declaring war on Russia and marking the start of the Crimean War.  Wikimedia/14GTR

1890: Paul Whiteman, the "King of Jazz," Born

Paul Whiteman, an American bandleader dubbed the "King of Jazz," was born. He popularized a style that brought jazz to mainstream audiences in the 1920s-30s.  Wikimedia/Bain News Service

1920: Hollywood Royalty Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks Wed

Silent film stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, two of the most famous actors of their era, were married in a highly publicized ceremony.  Wikimedia/Bain News Service

1930: Istanbul Officially Adopts Current Name

Istanbul, founded as Byzantium circa 657 BCE and renamed Constantinople in the 4th century CE, officially received its present name on this day in 1930.  Wikimedia/Ben Morlok

1935: Nazi Propaganda Film "Triumph of the Will" Released

Leni Riefenstahl's Nazi propaganda film "Triumph of the Will," depicting the party's 1934 Nuremberg Rally, was released in Germany.  Wikimedia/Erich Ludwig Stahl

1936: Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Laureate, Born

Mario Vargas Llosa, a Peruvian author who received the Nobel Prize for Literature for his novels depicting revolution and struggle, was born in Arequipa.  Wikimedia/Hreinn Gudlaugsson

1939: Franco's Nationalists Capture Madrid in Spanish Civil War

General Francisco Franco's Nationalist forces seized Madrid during the Spanish Civil War, a key victory in their ultimately successful campaign to overthrow Spain's democratic republic.  Wikimedia

1969: Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower Dies at 78

Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th U.S. president who served from 1953 to 1961, passed away at the age of 78.  Wikimedia

1979: Valve Malfunction at Three Mile Island Causes Radioactive Leak

An automatic valve at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant near Harrisburg, PA, closed unexpectedly at 4 am, leading to a radioactive leak.  Wikimedia/Constellation Energy

1985: Marc Chagall, Pioneer of Modern Art, Dies at 97

Marc Chagall, a Belorussian-born French artist known for his pioneering expressions of psychic reality in modern art, passed away at the age of 97.  Wikimedia/Carl Van Vechten

2004: Sir Peter Ustinov, Versatile Artist and Raconteur, Dies at 82

Sir Peter Ustinov, an English Renaissance man who excelled in film, writing, and humanitarianism over a 60-year career, known for his wit and one-man shows, passed away at 82.  Wikimedia/Allan Warren