What Happened On This Day – 28. April
2004 The first Abu Ghraib torture pictures are published
The images aired in a 60 Minutes II report showed gross human rights violations, including torture and murder, committed by U.S. soldiers and CIA personnel in the Baghdad prison.
2001 Dennis Tito becomes the first space tourist in history
A Russian rocket transported the Californian billionaire to the International Space Station (ISS).
1994 Former CIA officer Aldrich Ames admits he forwarded U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union
Ames was sentenced to life imprisonment for his activities which amounted to one of the most damaging spy cases in U.S. history.
1969 Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France
De Gaulle founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and became its first President a year later.
1947 Thor Heyerdahl begins his legendary journey on Kon-Tiki
The Norwegian explorer and his crew set out on the 101-day journey on the self-built raft to prove that South Americans could have reached and settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
Births On This Day – 28. April
1974 Penélope Cruz
1948 Terry Pratchett
1937 Saddam Hussein
Iraqi politician, 5th President of Iraq
1916 Ferruccio Lamborghini
Italian businessman, created Lamborghini
1908 Oskar Schindler
Deaths On This Day – 28. April
1992 Francis Bacon
1949 Aurora Quezon
Filipino wife of Manuel L. Quezon, 2nd First Lady of the Philippines
1946 Louis Bachelier
1945 Benito Mussolini
Italian politician, Dictator of Italy
1716 Louis de Montfort
French priest, saint