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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
1807 Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (Swiss-American Naturalist, Geologist) Louis Agassiz Zoologist Evolution
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2000 Donald Davies (Welsh Internet Pioneer) Welsh Scientists and Mathematicians The Internet BBC
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1872 Oregonians See Their First Electric Lights as the Illuminated Passenger Steamer, The State of California, Docks at Portland Portland, Oregon Steamboats Light Bulb SalemOregon.com
1881 New York Passes First State Pure Food & Drug Legislation New York Foods Medicines Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts
1900 In Minnesota, a Storm Leaves 3"-deep Hail in Winona County Winona County, Minnesota Storms Minnesota Historical Society
1923 The Santa Rita No. 1 Oil Well Comes in on the Campus of the University of Texas in Reagan County Reagan County, Texas Business University of Texas in Reagan County Texas State Historical Association
1929 The First All-color Movie, On with the Show, Debuts Film History of  Technology Historic Firsts History Channel
1951 Princess Elizabeth Formally Opens the Exhibition of Industrial Power in Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow, Scotland Queen Elizabeth II Energy BBC
1959 Two Monkeys Are the First Living Creatures to Survive Space Flight; 300 Miles in a Jupiter Missile Launched From Cape Canaveral, Florida Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Exploration Monkeys Historic Firsts BBC
1964 Unmanned Apollo 2 Saturn Test Launched into Earth Orbit Space Exploration NASA
1965 Methane Gas Causes a Mine Explosion Near Dharbad, India, Killing 375 People and Injuring Hundreds More India Labor Methane Death History Channel
1971 The USSR Mars 3 Is Launched for the First Soft Landing on Mars Soviet Space Program Mars Historic Firsts NASA
1974 Baseball-Sized Hail Piled Waist High, Shredding a Corn Crop in the Amboy, Minnesota Amboy, Minnesota Storms Farming & Agriculture Minnesota Historical Society
1985 18-year-old Tania Aebi Sets Sail From New York City on a 26" Sloop for a 2 1/2-year 27,000-Mile Solo Voyage Around the World New York City Naval History Women Earth New York Times
1998 Pakistan Explodes Five Underground Nuclear Devices in Response to India's Recent Nuclear Tests Pakistan India Nuclear Weapons BBC Asian History
In China, a 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Injures 28 People and Destroys More Than 2,000 Buildings China Earthquake USGS
1999 Discovery Is the First Space Shuttle to Dock with the International Space Station Space Shuttle Historic Firsts NASA

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