April 28: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On April 28, learn about the most interesting historical events and facts that occurred throughout history. The 118th day of the Gregorian calendar, April 28th, commemorates Billy the Kid’s escape from the Lincoln County Jail and the Soviet Union’s addition of Azerbaijan.

Taurus is the zodiac sign for April 28. Jay Leno, John Daly, Jessica Alba, and Jenna Ushkowitz are all born on April 28th. Arbor Day and National Superhero Day are both celebrated on April 28th.


(April 28, 1926)
Harper Lee, an American author best known for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), was born.


(April 28, 1945)
On this day in 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, dubbed "Il Duce" after a series of military blunders that made him unpopular even among his own Fascists, was apprehended while attempting to depart Italy and executed.

(April 28, 1947)
Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian ethnologist and explorer, and a small crew set sail from Peru on the Kon-Tiki, a rudimentary raft, and landed in Polynesia three and a half months later.

(April 28, 2001)
Dennis Tito, an American businessman, became the first space tourist when he was flown into orbit aboard a Russian supply mission to the International Space Station for a six-day journey that cost him almost $20 million.

(April 28, 2003)
The iTunes Store was launched by Apple in 2003, allowing users to purchase and download music from the Internet directly to their iTunes library; in 2010, the store sold its ten billionth song.

(Died on April 28, 2021)
Michael Collins, American astronaut (b. 1930).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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