Today's History Trivia for June 28
1919 World War I Treaty of Versailles is signed by Germany ending the state of war between Germany and the Allied Forces. It required Germany to accept sole responsibility for starting the war. Many historians believe the terms of this treaty led to World War II.
1914 World War I Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia by a Serbian nationalist. After Austria declared war on Serbia a month later, other countries joined the conflict and the great war was on.
1997 Lend me your ears Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield's ears in their heavyweight championship fight. Joke: How do you know when it's time to retire from boxing? Mike Tyson chips a tooth on your hearing aid.
1993 Serial Killers - Joel Rifkin New York police stop the 34-year-old unemployed landscaper for a traffic violation and find a decomposed woman's body in his pickup truck. He had killed 18 women in the past two years.
1992 Royal Divorce Britain's Prince Andrew and his wife Sarah announce that they have reached a formal separation agreement.
1992 First baboon-to-human liver transplant to a 35-year-old man by Presbyterian Univ. Hospital, Pittsburgh. He lived for 10 weeks.
1978 Affirmative Action U.S. Supreme Court rules that firm quota systems are unconstitutional and that a white man - who had been rejected twice over 16 lesser-qualified minority students - must be admitted to the Univ. of California Medical School.
1977 Kiss comic book is released, the red ink supposedly contained blood from the Kiss members.
1951 Amos and Andy debuts on CBS TV, starring Alvin Childress as Amos, Spencer Williams as Andy, and Tim Moore as Kingfish.
1939 First regularly scheduled commercial transatlantic airline service Pan American begins flights from New York to Europe.
1938 National Minimum Wage enacted.
1924 Mount Everest George Leigh-Mallory and the members of his expedition perish in an attempt to climb Mount Everest. If claims are true that they had reached the summit, then they beat Sir Edmund Hillary by 29 years.
1894 Labor Day is declared a federal holiday, to be the first Monday in September, signed into law by Pres. Grover Cleveland.
1859 First official dog show Newcastle, England.
1778 American Revolution - Battle of Monmouth Mary Hays, known as Molly Pitcher, distinguishes herself by carrying water to the troops and operating her husband's cannon after he was wounded. For this, Gen. Washington made her a noncommissioned officer.
1776 First American Soldier Executed Thomas Hickey, a member of George Washington's Guard, is executed for mutiny and sedition. It was also rumored he plotted to kidnap and deliver George Washington to the British.
Today's Birthdays for June 28
1969 Danielle Brisebois American actress. TV: All in the Family (Stephanie).
1966 John Cusack American actor. Film: Better Off Dead (1985) and The Grifters (1990).
1948 Kathy Bates American Oscar-winning actress. Film: Misery (1990, Oscar).
1946 Gilda Radner d. 1989 American Emmy-winning comedienne. TV: Saturday Night Live.
1937 Richard Bright d. 2006 American actor. Film: The Godfather (1972, Al Neri).
1932 Pat Morita d. 2005 (Noriyuki Morita), American actor. He was billed as the Hip Nip for his stand-up performances. Film: Karate Kid (1984, Sensei Kesuke Miyagi), for which he was the first Asian-American nominated for an acting Oscar. TV: Happy Days (Arnold).
1926 Mel Brooks (Melvin Kaminsky), American Oscar-Tony-Emmy-Grammy-winning actor, screenwriter, director. Film: The Producers (1968 and 2005), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), and History of the World, Part I (1981). He and Carl Reiner recorded the comedy album, 2000 Year Old Man.
1917 Raggedy Ann doll, created by author Johnny Gruelle for his dying daughter.
1903 Alan Bunce d. 1965 American actor. TV: Ethel and Albert (Albert).
1902 Richard Rodgers d. 1979 American Oscar-winning composer, teamed with Oscar Hammerstein II, hits include Oklahoma! (1955), Carousel (1956), and The Sound of Music (1965).
1491 Henry VIII d. 1547 King of England (1509-47), found a way to avoid alimony.
Deaths for June 28
2015 Jack Carter b. 1922 (Jack Chakrin), American comedian. He hosted the first televised Tony Awards ceremony (1956). TV: The Jack Carter Show (1950-51).
2014 Meshach Taylor b. 1947 American actor. TV: Designing Women (1986-1993, Anthony Bouvier).
1982 Harry Mills b. 1913 American singer, with the Mills Brothers, the most popular vocal group of all time.
1981 Terry Fox b. 1958 Canadian cancer victim. After losing a leg to cancer he ran halfway across Canada (1980) helping to raise $23,000,000 for cancer research. He died of lung cancer.
1975 Rod Serling b. 1924 (Rodman Edward Serling), American Emmy-winning writer. Film: Planet of the Apes (1968, writer). TV: The Twilight Zone (producer, creator, and host) and Night Gallery (host).
1974 Vannevar Bush b. 1890 American electrical engineer, developed the first electronic analogue computer (1930s).
1963 Robert Porter Allen b. 1905 American conservationist. He saved the whooping crane from extinction by discovering the last remaining flock near the Arctic Circle (1955).
1946 Mary Antoinette Perry b. 1888 American actress, director. She is whom the "Tony Awards" are named (Tony was her nickname). She served as director of the wartime board of the American Theater Wing.
1904 Daniel Decatur Emmett b. 1815 American composer. He popularized Dixie (1859), which became the unofficial anthem of the Confederacy. He also formed the first black-face minstrel troupe (1843).
1889 Maria Mitchell b. 1818 American astronomer. She was the first professional woman astronomer in the United States and the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was also elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1905.
1836 James Madison b. 1751 4th U.S. President (1809-17), author of the Bill of Rights, and at five foot four inches he is the shortest of the U.S. presidents. His portrait graces the U.S. $5,000 bill.
767 Saint Paul I b. ???? Italian religious leader, 93rd Pope (757-767).
683 Saint Leo II b. ???? Italian religious leader, 80th Pope (682-683).