(Wednesday, July 28, 1915) — More than 300 American sailors and Marines arrived in Haiti today to restore order following the killing of Haitian President Vibrun Guillaume Sam by rebels, beginning a 19-year U.S. occupation.
Video: '1945 Airplane Crashes Into The Empire State Building Killing 14'
(Saturday, July 28, 1945, 9:40 a.m. EWT; during World War II) — A twin-engine B-25 U.S. Army bomber, lost in a blinding fog, crashed into the 79th floor of New York’s Empire State Building this morning, killing 14 people including the three occupants of the plane and 11 persons in the building. Continue reading →
Video: 'The World At War 1973(World War II Documentary)Episode 24-The Bomb(February–September 1945)' (July 28, 1945, at 33:43)
(Saturday, July 28, 1945, 3:00 p.m. JST; during the Potsdam Conference of World War II) — Japanese Prime Minister Suzuki announced this afternoon that Japan would ignore the Potsdam Declaration, issued two days ago by the Allies meeting at the Potsdam Conference calling on Japan to surrender or face “prompt and utter destruction” (click here for a clip of this event from “American Experience: Truman” at 2:08:04).
(Thursday, July 27, 1995, afternoon EDT) — The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated today (on the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting) in Washington by U.S. President Bill Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam. Continue reading →
(Tuesday, July 26, 1955, evening CDT) — The Night of the Hunter, a horror film about a bogus preacher who marries an outlaw’s widow in search of the man’s hidden loot, premiered today in Des Moines, Iowa.
Directed by Charles Laughton, the film starred Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish and Gloria Castillo.
(Sunday, July 26, 1925, 4:45 p.m. EDT) — Just five days after winning a conviction in the Scopes Trial against John T. Scopes for teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in Dayton, Tennessee (the verdict was later overturned), prosecutor William Jennings Bryan died today of a heart attack at age 65.
Bryan was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1896, 1900 and 1908 (losing all three times; to Republicans William McKinley in 1896 and 1900 and William Taft in 1908) and served as Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1915).