30 fun facts for April, 28

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
April 28 is a day filled with diverse historical, cultural, and scientific events, from the mutiny on the HMS Bounty to the launch of Apple's revolutionary iTunes Music Store. With celebrations like International Guide Dog Day, National Pet Parents Day, and World Day for Safety and Health at Work, this day unites the world in promoting awareness, compassion, and progress.
30 Fun facts
  1. On April 28, 1789, the mutiny on the Bounty occurred. Led by Fletcher Christian, crew members of the British Royal Navy vessel HMS Bounty were mutineers who seized the ship, casting Captain William Bligh and eighteen of his crew adrift in an open boat.
  2. In 1763 on this day, the first private US school opened in New York City. The school taught different subjects such as Latin, English, and arithmetic, and it laid the foundation for the development of a proper private education system in the United States.
  3. April 28 marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This international day is observed to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases, encouraging safe and healthy workplaces across the globe.
  4. On this day in 1969, French President Charles de Gaulle resigned from his position. This marked the end of an era as de Gaulle was one of the prominent political figures who played a crucial role in the French Resistance during World War II.
  5. In the United States, April 28 is observed as Workers' Memorial Day. This day honors workers who have died, been injured, or became ill due to workplace hazards and is an opportunity to stress the importance of worker safety.
  6. On April 28, 1947, Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl embarked on the Kon-Tiki expedition. He and his crew sailed from Peru to Polynesia on a wooden raft to prove the possibility of ancient cultural exchange across the oceans.
  7. On this day in 1994, the last Canadian troops left Somalia. The withdrawal marked the end of a controversial and troubled peacekeeping mission that drew scrutiny and criticism for incidents of misconduct.
  8. In 2013, April 28 became the first National Pet Parents Day in the United States. This annual event celebrates and honors responsible pet owners through various activities, information sharing, and community events.
  9. The first British parliamentary debate on whether women should be given the vote took place on April 28, 1868. It marked a major milestone in the fight for women's suffrage, which eventually led to some women obtaining voting rights in 1918.
  10. On April 28, 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be drafted into the US Army during the Vietnam War on religious and conscientious grounds. His decision led to legal consequences and his boxing titles were revoked.
  11. In 1953, James D. Watson and Francis Crick published their groundbreaking paper on the molecular structure of DNA in the scientific journal "Nature." This discovery paved the way for the understanding of genetic coding and revolutionized the field of biology.
  12. On this day in 1988, Aloha Airlines Flight 243 experienced an explosive decompression in mid-flight due to a structural failure in the plane's fuselage. Despite the incident, the pilots managed to land the plane safely, saving the lives of most passengers.
  13. April 28 is National Superhero Day in the United States. This unofficial holiday aims to honor both fictional superheroes and real-life heroes who make a difference in the lives of others every day.
  14. On April 28, 2001, Dennis Tito became the first space tourist, traveling to the International Space Station (ISS) after paying a reported $20 million for the trip. His journey marked the beginning of commercial space travel for civilians.
  15. In 2003, on this day Apple debuted the iTunes Music Store, which changed the way people bought and listened to music. iTunes made it possible for users to buy individual songs online legally and facilitated the transition towards digital music consumption.
  16. April 28 marks Biological Clock Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of our body's internal clock on our daily lives. The day encourages individuals to better understand their body's natural rhythms and to consider the importance of sleep and overall health.
  17. In 1956, the first container ship, the "Ideal X," embarked on its maiden voyage from Newark, New Jersey, to Houston, Texas. The innovative vessel marked a new era in global shipping and trade, revolutionizing the way goods are transported.
  18. On this day in 1881, the legendary gunslinger Billy the Kid escaped from the Lincoln County Courthouse in New Mexico. He managed to flee from custody by reportedly killing two deputies in the process.
  19. April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning in Canada. This annual event commemorates workers who have lost their lives, suffered injuries, or become ill due to workplace hazards.
  20. On April 28, 1949, Helene Mayer, a German Jewish fencing champion, died in Heidelberg, Germany. She competed in the 1936 Olympics, controversially representing Nazi Germany, and won a silver medal, even with Hitler in attendance.
  21. In 1965, on this day the US sent 22,000 troops into the Dominican Republic to protect American citizens and restore order following a civil war. The intervention lasted until September, with the US withdrawing after a ceasefire and peace negotiations were established.
  22. On April 28, International Guide Dog Day is observed. This day celebrates the extraordinary partnership between guide dogs and their visually impaired handlers, recognizing the immense value these dogs bring to their owner's lives.
  23. In 1923, on this day London's Wembley Stadium, also known as the "Empire Stadium," officially opened. The first event held in the stadium was the FA Cup Final between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United, which attracted over 126,000 spectators.
  24. April 28 is National BraveHearts Day in the United States. This day aims to honor all individuals living with and fighting heart conditions, creating awareness of the challenges they face and the advancements in heart research and treatments.
  25. On this day in 1973, the album "The Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd reached number one on the Billboard chart. The iconic album has sold over 45 million copies and is known for its innovative sound and philosophical themes.
  26. In 1930, the first organized night baseball game took place on April 28. The game was held in Independence, Kansas, between the Independence Producers and the Muskogee Chiefs, and it pioneered the use of permanent floodlights to illuminate the field.
  27. On April 28, 1817, the first US mental asylum, the Friends Asylum for the Insane, opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The institution aimed to treat its patients with compassion and respect, focusing more on healing rather than punishment or confinement.
  28. In 1959 on this day, NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts. Known as the "Mercury Seven," these astronauts laid the groundwork for American space exploration and the eventual moon landing.
  29. On April 28, 1978, renowned singer-songwriter Yvonne Elliman released the hit disco song "If I Can't Have You." The song was her highest-charting single, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming an iconic 1970s dance anthem.
  30. In 1940, the animated short film "Tom and Jerry" was released on April 28. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the animated series became an international sensation, winning seven Academy Awards for Best Short Subject (Cartoons).