What Happened On This Day – 28. November
1991 South Ossetia declares independence
The disputed region of the country of Georgia calls itself the Republic of South Ossetia. The declaration of independence was not recognized by Georgia and was followed by the South Ossetia War. Only a few countries, including Russia and Venezuela, recognize it as a sovereign country.
1975 East Timor independence
East Timor declared its independence from Portugal
1967 First pulsar observed
Graduate student Jocelyn Bell and her advisor Antony Hewish at Cambridge University were the first people to observe and discover pulsars. Pulsars are rapidly spinning neutron magnetized stars that emit radiation.
1964 NASA launches Mariner 4
The first spacecraft to make a flyby of Mars, the spacecraft was the first one to send images of a planet back to Earth.
1943 Tehran Conference begins
The Tehran Conference between the US, the UK and the Soviet Union began at the Soviet Embassy in Tehran. The conference dealt with the Axis powers in Europe and Asia and made plans to open up a second front against the Germans in France during WW II.
Births On This Day – 28. November
1962 Jon Stewart
American comedian, actor, television host
1820 Friedrich Engels
1628 John Bunyan
English preacher, author
1489 Margaret Tudor
English wife of James IV of Scotland
1118 Manuel I Komnenos
Deaths On This Day – 28. November
2010 Leslie Nielsen
1968 Enid Blyton
1954 Enrico Fermi
Italian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
1859 Washington Irving
American historian, author
1680 Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Italian sculptor, painter