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MAY 28

1738 Joseph Ignace Guillotin (French Physician Who First Proposed Beheading as a Humane Means of Execution) French Scientists and Mathematicians Medicine Capital Punishment
Sports Figures
1888 Jim Thorpe (Oklahoma-born Native-American Olympic Champion; Member of the College and Professional Football Hall's of Fame) Jim Thorpe Native American Studies College Football Hall of Fame Professional Football Hall of Fame 1912 Summer Olympic Games
1896 Warren Giles (Illinois-born President of the National League; Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Illinois Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1938 Jerry West (West Virginia-born Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) West Virginia Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame Biography.com West Virginia State Archives
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1742 First Indoor Swimming Pool Opens (Goodman's Fields, London) London Swimming Architecture Historic Firsts Story of London
1881 New York Passes First State Pure Food & Drug Legislation New York Foods Medicines Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts
1918 Barney Oldfield Records the First 100-mph Lap at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Barney Oldfield Auto Racing Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historic Firsts History Channel
1951 Willie Mays of the New York Giants Gets His First Major League Hit, a Home Run off the Boston Braves' Warren Spahn Alabama Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Baseball Hall of Fame New York Times Alabama State Archives
1957 National League Owners Vote Unanimously to Allow the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers to Move to San Francisco and Los Angeles New York City California Baseball Major League Baseball Businesses History Channel New York Times

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