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June 28: This Day That Year

June 28

- 1762 - Russia: Catherine II seizes power, declaring herself sovereign ruler of Russia.

- 1776 - USA: Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress.

- 1836 - James Madison, 4th US President (1809-17), dies in Montpelier VA (born March 16, 1751, age 85).

- 1846 - Antoine Joseph Sax get Saxophone patented.

- 1855 - The Sigma Chi Fraternity was founded at Miami University

- 1883 - Birthday: Pierre Laval, PM of France (1931-32 &1935-36) born in Chateldon, France (born October 15, 1945, age 62).

- 1914 - Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria and his wife Sophie assassinated in Sarajevo by young Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip, incident triggers WWI.

- 1926 - DMG and Benz & Cie merge to form Mercedes Benz.

- 1971 - Birthday: Elon Musk born in Pretoria, South Africa.

- 1983 - NASA launches Galaxy-A.

- 2016 - Turkey: Suicide bombings & gun attacks at Ataturk Airport kills 42 and injure 200 people.

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