On This Day

28th April

1789 – Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors were set adrift and the rebel crew returned to Tahiti briefly and then set sail for Pitcairn Island. The incident became known as the Mutiny on the Bounty.

1920 – Azerbaijan was added to the Soviet Union. (I collect stamps and coins, not countries).

1932 – A vaccine for yellow fever was announced for use on humans.

1945 – Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were executed by a firing squad consisting of members of the Italian resistance movement.

1949 – Former First Lady of the Philippines Aurora Quezon, 61, was assassinated while en route to dedicate a hospital in memory of her late husband; her daughter and 10 other people were also killed.

1952 – The United States occupation of Japan ended.

1965 – United States troops landed in the Dominican Republic to "forestall establishment of a Communist dictatorship" and to evacuate U.S. Army troops.

1970 – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon formally authorized American combat troops to fight communist sanctuaries in Cambodia.

1977 – The Red Army Faction trial ended in Germany, with Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and Jan-Carl Raspe found guilty of four counts of murder and more than 30 counts of attempted murder.

1978 – President of Afghanistan, Mohammed Daoud Khan, was overthrown and murdered in a coup led by pro-communist rebels.

1986 - Soviet authorities admitted to the nuclear accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

1996 - At least 32 people died when a man opened fire in a crowded tourist area of Tasmania, Australia.

1997 – The 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention went into effect. Russia, Iraq and North Korea were among the nations that did not ratifa the treaty.

2001 – Millionaire Dennis Tito became the world's first space tourist.