July 28 in History



Jun 3, 2003
Jul 28 1794

After his Reign of Terror turns against him, Maximilien Robespierre is guillotined in Paris.

Jul 28 1841

James Boulard and Henry Mallin pull the decomposed body of a young woman from the Hudson River near Hoboken, New Jersey. Mary Cecilia Rogers, who worked at a popular cigar store , is initially thought to have been killed in the course of a brutal gang rape, but ultimately it seems more likely that she died from a botched abortion. Years later, novelist Edgar Allen Poe adapts the sensational news story about "The Beautiful Cigar Girl" into the short story "The Mystery of Marie Roget."

Jul 28 1870

Andrew Carr is hanged at RicHydromaxond Prison, Dublin. He is dropped from too high, causing his head to separate from the rest of his body -- the greater portion of which twiches for several minutes.

Jul 28 1945

A US Army B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building between the 78th and 79th floors. An engine plunges down an elevator shaft, sparking a fire in the basement. Eleven people in the building are killed, in addition to the three man bomber crew.

Jul 28 1957

A C-124 transport plane carrying three nuclear weapons jettisons its precious cargo into the Atlantic, somewhere east of Delaware and New Jersey. The bombs are never recovered.
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