On this day
Let’s fight the Armada!
In 1588, in a daring move, the English unleashed their fiery arsenal upon the mighty Spanish Armada. Eight fire ships sailed downwind towards the tightly clustered enemy warships – and the resulting mayhem sent the Armada scattering, securing a strategic triumph for the English.
Vive la Resistance!
It was on July 28th 1794, that in a chilling turn of events, the French Revolution reached its climax. Maximilien Robespierre, a central figure in "the Terror," and 22 other leaders faced the guillotine as a result of their violence.
From slaves to citizens.
On this day in 1868, in an amazing step towards equality, US Secretary of State William H. Seward made a historic announcement. The 14th Amendment, ratified by states, granted citizenship upon former slaves. Society, thankfully, is much more inclusive now – but modern slavery is still rife, and there’s work left to do.
Women’s suffrage took another step forward.
On July 28th, 1893, Kate Sheppard laid out an iconic petition for women's suffrage. More than 25,000 women, roughly a fifth of the adult European female population, added their signatures. This landmark document was delivered to New Zealand's parliament, a pivotal step towards achieving gender equality.
The Provisional IRA called time.
Following decades of complex conflict between Northern Ireland and the Republic, the Provisional Irish Republican Army, or IRA, called a cease to their armed occupation in Northern Ireland. They’d been on campaign for around three decades – with many civilians dying as a result of attacks carried out since the 1970s. It was a big moment in Irish history, though many are still divided.
Special Days Falling on July 28thJuly 28th happens to be a fairly important day for lots of reasons. Here are a few of the bigger occasions that you might want to mark!
World Hepatitis Day
World Hepatitis Day is an annual holiday where we shine a light on hepatitis, a disease that affects the liver. We use this day to raise awareness, promote prevention, and support people living with hepatitis – the disease can be highly infectious and may even prove fatal in some cases.
Anniversary of the Fall of Fascism and Freedom Day
Over in San Marino, today marks a huge day for freedom across the country! It commemorates the end of the rule of the fascist party on this day in 1943 and symbolizes the country's commitment to freedom, democracy, and independence – a day worth remembering, then!
World Nature Conservation Day
Do you care enough about the planet? World Nature Conservation Day is a global holiday dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of preserving our natural environment. People all over the world discuss sustainable practices, conservation efforts, and work towards building a deeper connection with nature. It's a strong reminder that we all play a vital role in safeguarding our planet for future generations!