Today in History: May 28

  • Sunday, May 28, 2017 1:30am
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Pope John Paul II walks with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II through the Marble Hall at Buckingham Palace in London on May 28, 1982, during the first-ever visit to Britain by a pope. (Associated Press archive)

Today is Sunday, May 28, the 148th day of 2017. There are 217 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight: On May 28, 1977, 165 people were killed when fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky. (Investigators cited faulty electrical wiring, fire safety code violations and overcrowding as reasons for the disaster.)

On this date:

In 1892, the Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco.

In 1912, the Senate Commerce Committee issued its report on the Titanic disaster that cited a “state of absolute unpreparedness,” improperly tested safety equipment and an “indifference to danger” as some of the causes of an “unnecessary tragedy.”

In 1934, the Dionne quintuplets — Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne — were born to Elzire Dionne at the family farm in Ontario, Canada.

In 1937, Volkswagen was founded by the German Labour Front for the purpose of creating a “people’s car.”

In 1940, during World War II, the Belgian army surrendered to invading German forces.

In 1957, National League owners gave permission for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants baseball teams to move to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

In 1998, comic actor Phil Hartman of “Saturday Night Live” and “NewsRadio” fame was shot to death at his home in Encino, California, by his wife, Brynn, who then killed herself.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Carroll Baker is 86. Producer-director Irwin Winkler is 86. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Jerry West is 79. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is 73. Singer Gladys Knight is 73. Actress-director Sondra Locke is 73. Singer John Fogerty is 72. U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C.., is 57. Actor Brandon Cruz (TV: “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”) is 55. Singer-musician Chris Ballew (Presidents of the USA) is 52. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is 46. Television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck is 40. Actress Carey Mulligan is 32.

Thought for today: “Intelligence rules the world, ignorance carries the burden.” — Marcus Garvey, Jamaican black nationalist (1887-1940).

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