On This Day in History, April 28

Did you know that on this day, a worldwide treaty to ban chemical weapons took effect? Want to know which year this happened? Read on to find out?

There are other significant events that made history on this day. Here is a list!

  • 1788-Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. constitution.
  • 1881-Billy the Kid escaped from the Lincoln County jail in Lincoln, New Mexico.
  • 1896-The Addressograph was patented by J.S. Duncan.
  • 1910-First night air flight was performed by Claude Grahame-White in England.
  • 1916-The British declared martial law throughout Ireland.
  • 1932-The yellow fever vaccine for humans was announced.
  • 1947-Thor Heyerdahl began his legendary journey on Kon-Tiki.
  • 1957-Mike Wallace was seen on TV for the first time.
  • 1958-US Vice President Richard Nixon began his goodwill tour of Latin America.
  • 1967-Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army and was stripped of boxing title.
  • 1967-The Douglas Aircraft Company behind schedule with deliveries of the DC-8 and DC-9 and close to bankruptcy agrees to merge with the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation to form McDonnell Douglas
  • 1969-Charles de Gaulle resigned as President of France.
  • 1985-The largest sand castle in the world was completed near St. Petersburg, FL.
  • 1988-In Maui, HI, a flight attendant was killed when the fuselage of a Boeing 737 ripped open in mid-flight.
  • 1992-The U.S. Agriculture Department unveiled a pyramid-shaped recommended-diet chart.
  • 1994-Former CIA officer Aldrich Ames admitted to forwarding U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union.
  • 1997-A worldwide treaty to ban chemical weapons took effect on this day.
  • 2001-Dennis Tito became the first space tourist in history.
  • 2004-The first Abu Ghraib torture pictures were published.
  • 2008-India set a world record when it sent 10 satellites into orbit from a single launch.

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