On this day

In 1988, Winnie Mandella’s home in Soweto, South Africa was destroyed in a fire that neighbors and the police blamed on black students who were arguing with young Mandela supporters. Photo: Clark R Arrington / FLickr

On This Day: What happened on 28 July?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 1988, Winnie Mandella’s home in Soweto, South Africa was destroyed in a fire that neighbors and the police blamed on black students who were arguing with young Mandela supporters. Photo: Clark R Arrington / FLickr

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 28 July, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 28 JULY

2016 | The South African Journal of Science published about earliest evidence of cancer that was found on this day in the 1.7-million-year-old toe fossils from Swartkrans Cave, South Africa.

1988 | Winnie Mandella’s home in Soweto, South Africa was destroyed in a fire that neighbors and the police blamed on black students who were arguing with young Mandela supporters.

2017 | Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif was disqualified for a lifetime by the Supreme Court of Pakistan finding him guilty of corruption charges.

2010 | Airblue Flight 202 crashed into the Margalla Hills north of Islamabad, Pakistan, all 152 people were killed on board. It was the deadliest aviation accident in Pakistan’s history and the first involving an Airbus A321.

2005 | The Provisional Irish Republican Army ended its thirty-year armed campaign in Northern Ireland.

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BIRTHDAYS

1987 | Ukrainian-Greek footballer, Yevhen Khacheridi.

1946 | American actress, Linda Kelsey.

1941 | Italian conductor and educator, Riccardo Muti.

1951 | English footballer, Ray Kennedy.

1967 | Japanese bass player, Taka Hirose.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

1969 | American composer, Frank Loesser, 59.

1957 | German-Israeli scholar and academic, Isaac Heinemann, 81

2004 | Italian journalist and author, Tiziano Terzani, 66.

2016 | Beninese politician, ÿmile Derlin Zinsou, 98.

1965 | Jordanian politician, Attallah Suheimat, 90.

SPORTS

1929 | Maurice De Waele of Belgium won the 23rd Tour de France on this day.

ENTERTAINMENT

1989 | Gloria Estefan released her debut solo album “Cuts Both Ways” on this day.

AFRICA FACT

There are less than nine miles separating Africa and Europe.