|March 28 in recent years
March 28 is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 278 days remaining until the end of the year.
- 37 - Roman Emperor Caligula accepts the titles of the Principate, entitled to him by the Senate.
- 193 - Roman Emperor Pertinax is assassinated by Praetorian Guards, who then sell the throne in an auction to Didius Julianus.
- 364 - Roman Emperor Valentinian I appoints his brother Flavius Valens co-emperor.
- 845 - Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collects a huge ransom in exchange for leaving.
- 1776 - Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site for the Presidio of San Francisco.
- 1794 - Allies under the prince of Coburg defeated French forces at Le Cateau.
- 1795 - Partitions of Poland: The Duchy of Courland, a northern fief of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, ceases to exist and becomes part of Imperial Russia.
- 1802 - Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers discovers 2 Pallas, the second asteroid known to man.
- 1809 - Peninsular War: In the Battle of Medelin France defeats Spain.
- 1834 - The United States Senate censures President Andrew Jackson for his actions in defunding the Second Bank of the United States.
- 1854 - Crimean War: France and Britain declare war on Russia.
- 1860 - First Taranaki War: The Battle of Waireka begins.
- 1862 - American Civil War: Battle of Glorieta Pass - In New Mexico, Union forces succeed in stopping the Confederate invasion of New Mexico territory. The battle began on March 26.
- 1871 - The Paris Commune is formally established in Paris.
- 1910 - Henri Fabre becomes the first person to fly a seaplane after taking off from a water runway near Martigues, France.
- 1913 - Guatemala becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
- 1920 - Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1920 affects the Great Lakes region and Deep South states.
- 1930 - Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara.
- 1939 - Spanish Civil War: Generalissimo Francisco Franco conquers Madrid.
- 1940 - The exhibition center to host the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair starts being built.
- 1941 - World War II: Battle of Cape Matapan - In the Mediterranean Sea, British Admiral Andrew Browne Cunningham leads the Royal Navy in the destruction of three major Italian battleships and two destroyers.
- 1942 - World War II: In occupied France, British naval forces raid the German-occupied port of St. Nazaire.
- 1946 - Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.
- 1969 - Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece.
- 1978 - US Supreme Court hands down 5-3 decision in Stump v. Sparkman, 435 U.S. 349, a controversial case involving involuntary sterilization and judicial immunity.
- 1979 - In Pennsylvania, a pump in the reactor cooling system fails in the Three Mile Island accident, resulting in the evaporation of some contaminated water causing a nuclear meltdown.
- 1979 - British Prime Minister James Callaghan, is defeated by one vote in a Motion of No Confidence. This results in Parliament being dissolved in order to make way for a forthcoming General Election.
- 1990 - President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.
- 1994 - In South Africa, Zulus and African National Congress supporters battle in central Johannesburg, resulting in 18 deaths.
- 2000 - A Murray County, school bus gets hit by a CSX freight train (3 children die from this accident).
- 2003 - In a "friendly fire" incident, two A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft from the United States Idaho Air National Guard's 190th Fighter Squadron attacked British tanks participating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull.
- 2005 - The 2005 Sumatran earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the second strongest earthquake since 1960.
- 2006 - At least 1 million union members, students and unemployed take to the streets in France in protest at the government's proposed First Employment Contract law.
- 1472 - Fra Bartolommeo, Italian artist (d. 1517)
- 1515 - Saint Teresa of Avila, Spanish Carmelite nun (d. 1582)
- 1522 - Albert the Warlike, Prince of Bayreuth (d. 1557)
- 1569 - Ranuccio I Farnese (d. 1622)
- 1592 - Comenius, Czech bishop (d. 1670)
- 1599 - Witte Corneliszoon de With, Dutch naval officer (d. 1658)
- 1609 - King Frederick III of Denmark (d. 1670)
- 1613 - Xiaozhuangwen Grand Empress Dowager, Empress of Manchu (d. 1688)
- 1652 - Samuel Sewall, American magistrate (d. 1730)
- 1725 - Andrew Kippis, English clergyman and biographer (d. 1795)
- 1750 - Francisco de Miranda, Venezuelan revolutionary (d. 1816)
- 1760 - Thomas Clarkson, British abolitionist (d. 1846)
- 1773 - Henri Gratien, French general (d. 1844)
- 1793 - Henry Schoolcraft, American geographer and geologist (d. 1864)
- 1795 - Georg Heinrich Pertz, German historian (d. 1876)
- 1806 - Thomas Hare, English barrister (d. 1891)
- 1815 - Arsène Houssaye, French novelist (d. 1896)
- 1818 - Wade Hampton III, American soldier and politician (d. 1902)
- 1819 - Sir Joseph Bazalgette, English civil engineer (d. 1891)
- 1836 - Frederick Pabst, American brewer (d. 1904)
- 1840 - Emin Pasha, Equatorian politician (d. 1892)
- 1842 - William Harvey Carney, American Civil War officier (d. 1908)
- 1849 - James Darmesteter, French author and antiquarian (d. 1894)
- 1851 - Bernardino Machado, Portuguese politician (d. 1944)
- 1862 - Aristide Briand, French politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1932)
- 1866 - Jimmy Ross, Scottish footballer (d. 1902)
- 1868 - Maxim Gorky, Russian author (d. 1936)
- 1871 - Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (d. 1951)
- 1890 - Paul Whiteman, American bandleader (d. 1967)
- 1892 - Corneille Heymans, Belgian physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1968)
- 1892 - Tom Maguire, Irish republican (d. 1993)
- 1893 - Spyros Skouras, Greek-born American movie executive (d. 1971)
- 1895 - Spencer W. Kimball, American religious leader (d. 1985)
- 1897 - Sepp Herberger, German football coach (d. 1977)
- 1899 - Harold B. Lee, American religious leader (d. 1973)
- 1899 - August Anheuser Busch, brewing magnate and American baseball executive (d. 1989)
- 1899 - Ernst Lindemann, German naval officer (d. 1941)
- 1899 - Buck Shaw, American football coach (d. 1977)
- 1900 - Edward Wagenknecht, American literary critic (d. 2004)
- 1902 - Dame Flora Robson, English actress (d. 1984)
- 1902 - Jaromír Vejvoda, Czech composer (d. 1988)
- 1903 - Rudolf Serkin, Austrian pianist (d. 1991)
- 1903 - Charles Starrett, American actor (d. 1986)
- 1905 - Marlin Perkins, American naturalist and television host (d. 1986)
- 1905 - Pandro S. Berman, American film producer (d. 1996)
- 1907 - "Swifty" Lazar, American talent agent (d. 1993)
- 1909 - Nelson Algren, American writer (d. 1981)
- 1910 - Frederick Baldwin Adams, American Librarian (d. 2001)
- 1910 - Jimmie Dodd, American actor (d. 1964)
- 1910 - Queen Ingrid of Denmark (d. 2000)
- 1911 - J. L. Austin, British philosopher of language (d. 1960)
- 1912 - A. Bertram Chandler Australian author (d. 1984)
- 1912 - Marina Raskova, Russian navigator (d. 1943)
- 1914 - Edward Anhalt, American screenwriter (d. 2000)
- 1914 - Bohumil Hrabal, Czech writer (d. 1997)
- 1914 - Edmund Muskie, American politician (d. 1996)
- 1914 - Kenneth Richard Norris, Australian entymologist (d. 2003)
- 1915 - Jay Livingston, American composer and songwriter (d. 2001)
- 1919 - Vic Raschi, American baseball player (d. 1988)
- 1921 - Dirk Bogarde, English actor (d. 1999)
- 1921 - Herschel Grynszpan, German political assassin (d. between 1943 and 1945)
- 1922 - Neville Bonner, Australian politician
- 1922 - Felice Chiusano, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
- 1922 - Joey Maxim, American boxer (d. 2001)
- 1924 - Freddie Bartholomew, Irish actor (d. 1992)
- 1925 - Dorothy DeBorba, American child actress
- 1926 - Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart
- 1927 - Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish author (d. 2007)
- 1928 - Zbigniew Brzezinski, U.S. National Security Advisor
- 1928 - Alexander Grothendieck, German mathematician
- 1929 - Paul England, Australian racing driver
- 1930 - Robert Ashley, American composer
- 1930 - Elizabeth Bainbridge, English opera singer
- 1930 - Jerome Isaac Friedman, American physicist, Nobel laureate
- 1933 - Tete Montoliu, Spanish jazz pianist (d. 1997)
- 1933 - Frank Murkowski, American politician
- 1935 - Michael Parkinson, English broadcaster
- 1936 - Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian author and politician
- 1940 - Tony Barber, Australian television personality
- 1941 - Alf Clausen, orchestra conductor (The Simpsons)
- 1941 - Jim Turner, American football player
- 1942 - Daniel Dennett, American philosopher
- 1942 - Neil Kinnock, British statesman
- 1942 - Mike Newell, English film director
- 1942 - Samuel Ramey, American opera singer
- 1942 - Conrad Schumann, East German border guard (d. 1998)
- 1942 - Jerry Sloan, American basketball player and coach
- 1943 - Conchata Ferrell, American actress
- 1944 - Rick Barry, American basketball player
- 1944 - Ken Howard, American actor
- 1945 - Count Björn Hamilton, Swedish politician
- 1946 - Alejandro Toledo, President of Peru
- 1946 - Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist and astronaut
- 1947 - John Landecker, American disk jockey
- 1948 - Dianne Wiest, American actress
- 1948 - Gerry House, American radio personality
- 1948 - John Evan, British musician (Jethro Tull)
- 1948 - Milan Williams, American musician The Commodores (d. 2006)
- 1951 - Karen Kain, Canadian ballerina
- 1951 - Matti Pellonpää, Finnish actor and musician (d. 1995)
- 1952 - Tony Brise, racing driver (d. 1975)
- 1953 - Melchior Ndadaye, Burundian politician (d. 1993)
- 1954 - Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer (d. 1985)
- 1955 - John Alderdice, Northern Irish politician
- 1955 - Reba McEntire, American singer and actress
- 1956 - April Margera, Bam Margera's mother
- 1958 - Elisabeth Andreassen, Scandinavian singer
- 1959 - Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler (d. 2003)
- 1959 - Chris Myers, American sportscaster
- 1960 - Chris Barrie, British actor
- 1960 - José Maria Neves, Cape Verdeian politician
- 1961 - Byron Scott, American basketball player
- 1962 - Jure Franko, Slovenian skier
- 1965 - Steve Bull, English footballer
- 1968 - Iris Chang, American author (d. 2004)
- 1968 - Nasser Hussain, English cricketer
- 1968 - Jon Lee, British drummer (d. 2002)
- 1968 - Tim Lovejoy, British television presenter
- 1969 - Brett Ratner, American film director
- 1969 - Rodney Atkins, American country singer
- 1970 - Vince Vaughn, American actor
- 1970 - Michelle Gildernew, Irish republican politician
- 1971 - Mr. Cheeks, American rapper
- 1972 - Nick Frost, English comedian and actor
- 1972 - Keith Tkachuk, American ice hockey player
- 1973 - Eddie Fatu, Samoan professional wrestler
- 1973 - Matt Nathanson, American singer-songwriter
- 1974 - Mark King, English snooker player
- 1974 - Scott Mills, British radio disc jockey
- 1975 - Shanna Moakler, former beauty queen
- 1975 - Iván Helguera, Spanish footballer
- 1975 - Matt Reis, American soccer goalkeeper
- 1975 - Richard Kelly, American film director
- 1975 - Derek Hill, American racing driver
- 1976 - David Keuning, American guitar player (The Killers)
- 1977 - Devon, American porn actress
- 1977 - Erik Rasmussen, American ice hockey player
- 1979 - Park Chae-rim, South Korean actress
- 1980 - Stiliani Pilatou, Greek long jumper
- 1980 - Luke Walton, American basketball player
- 1981 - Julia Stiles, American actress
- 1981 - Edwar Ramirez, American baseball player
- 1982 - Sonia Agarwal, Indian actress
- 1982 - Mikel Arteta, Spanish footballer
- 1983 - Ryan Ashington, English footballer
- 1984 - Christopher Samba, French-born footballer
- 1984 - Nikki Sanderson, British actress and model
- 1984 - Yordanos Abay, Ethiopian footballer
- 1986 - J-Kwon, American rapper
- 1986 - Barbora Strýcová, Czech tennis player
- 1988 - Lacey Turner, British soap actress
- 1989 - Marek Suchý, Czech footballer
- 1989 - Lukas Jutkiewicz, English footballer
- 1989 - Mira Leung, Canadian figure skater
- 1991 - Amy Bruckner, American actress
- 1991 - Sophie Mullen, English actress
- 193 - Pertinax, Roman Emperor (b. 126)
- 1072 - Ordulf
- 1239 - Emperor Go-Toba of Japan (b. 1180)
- 1285 - Pope Martin IV
- 1563 - Heinrich Glarean, Swiss music theorist (b. 1488)
- 1566 - Sigismund von Herberstein, Austrian diplomat and historian (b. 1486)
- 1677 - Václav Hollar, Czech-born actor (b. 1607)
- 1687 - Constantijn Huygens, Dutch poet and composer (b. 1596)
- 1794 - Marquis de Condorcet, French mathematician and philosopher (b. 1743)
- 1850 - Gerard C. Brandon, American politician (b. 1788)
- 1866 - Solomon Foot, American politician (b. 1802)
- 1868 - James Thomas Brudenell, British military leader (b. 1797)
- 1870 - George Henry Thomas, American general (b. 1816)
- 1874 - Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish astronomer (b. 1795)
- 1881 - Modest Mussorgsky, Russian composer (b. 1839)
- 1910 - David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1837)
- 1910 - Edouard Judas Colonne, French violinist (b. 1838)
- 1929 - Lomer Gouin, Quebec politician (b. 1861)
- 1939 - Francis Matthew John Baker, Australian politician (b. 1903)
- 1941 - Virginia Woolf, English feminist writer (b. 1882)
- 1942 - Miguel Hernández, Spanish poet, death in prison (b. 1910)
- 1943 - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian composer and pianist (b. 1873)
- 1944 - Stephen Leacock, Canadian humorist (b. 1869)
- 1946 - Chick Fullis, baseball player (b. 1904)
- 1947 - Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (b. 1897)
- 1949 - Grigoraş Dinicu, Romanian composer and violinist (b. 1889)
- 1953 - Jim Thorpe, American athlete (b. 1887)
- 1958 - W.C. Handy, American composer (b. 1873)
- 1965 - Jack Hoxie, American actor and rodeo performer (b. 1885)
- 1965 - Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (b. 1888)
- 1969 - Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States (b. 1890)
- 1974 - Dorothy Fields, American librettist and lyricist (b. 1905)
- 1976 - Arthur Crudup, American blues singer and guitarist (b. 1905)
- 1976 - Richard Arlen, American actor (b. 1898)
- 1978 - Dino Ciani, Italian pianist (d. 1941)
- 1979 - Emmett Kelly, American clown (b. 1898)
- 1980 - Dick Haymes, Argentine-born singer and actor (b. 1918)
- 1982 - William Giauque, Canadian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
- 1985 - Marc Chagall, Russian-born painter (b. 1887)
- 1987 - Maria von Trapp, Austrian-born singer (b. 1905)
- 1987 - Patrick Troughton, British actor (b. 1920)
- 1993 - Scott Cunningham, Occult author (b. 1956)
- 1995 - Raaj Vishwakarma, Indian actor and Youtuber
- 1995 - Hugh O'Connor, American actor
- 1999 - Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)
- 2000 - Anthony Powell, British novelist (b. 1905)
- 2001 - Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (b. 1928)
- 2004 - Art James, American game show host (b. 1929)
- 2004 - Peter Ustinov, British actor (b. 1921)
- 2005 - Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
- 2006 - Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1917)
- 2006 - Charles Schepens, American ophthalmologist (b. 1912)
- 2006 - Kevin Pro Hart, Australian artist (b. 1928)
Holidays and observances
146 Familypedia people were born on March 28
161 Familypedia people died on March 28
64 Familypedia people were first married on March 28