June 28: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on June 28



June 28th is known as International Body Piercing Day as well as Paul Bunyan Day.

We are now on the 180th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far into 2024. There are 186 days remaining until the end of the year.

Hold on tight as we are about to uncover some incredible happenings that all happened on this day in history, including the good and the bad.

Did you know that on this day in 1926, three companies merged to form Mercedes-Benz? It got its name from its predecessors and was initially called Daimler-Benz.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about June 28th in history!


What memorable events happened on June 28 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Fifty-one concealed immigrants were found dead inside an abandoned truck on the road in San Antonio, Texas.

The truck was carrying 62 people, smuggled from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. The investigators deemed that the victims died from the intense heat inside the truck. At least three people were arrested.


A 4,000-year-old Neolithic wooden trackway was discovered in Suffolk, England.

The track measures 30 meters and is in perfect condition.


A brand new design for Freedom Tower in Manhattan, New York, was publicly revealed.


The Nutty Professor with Eddie Murphy premiered in the US.

The movie won the Best Makeup Award at the 69th Academy Awards.


The third-strongest recorded earthquake in US history happened in Southern California.

OTD in 1992: The third-strongest recorded earthquake in US history happened in Southern California.

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake caused nearly $100 million in damages.


The musical “Dreamgirls” was performed for the first time at the Ambassador Theatre, New York City.


The first Hughes Communications Galaxy satellite was launched into orbit.

The Galaxy 1 satellite was the first in a long line of satellites manufactured and orbited by Hughes Communications. It was used to transmit cable television channels such as HBO, Cinemax, the Disney Channel, CNN, and ESPN.


New York City Police raided Stonewall Inn gay bar and handled patrons and employees roughly.

OTD in 1969: New York City Police raided Stonewall Inn gay bar and handled patrons and employees roughly.

The action caused alarm within the community, including neighbors. Six days of protests broke out, which would go on to be a catalyst for the LGBT rights movement.


The Organization of Afro-American Unity was formed.

Malcolm X set the organization up to fight for the rights of African Americans.


The first private research atomic reactor opened in Chicago, Illinois, US.


Mercedes and Benz merged to form the brand name Mercedes-Benz.


Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated, ultimately causing World War I.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand was next in line for the Austro-Hungarian throne and a major proponent of peace within the empire. Bosnian Serbs and Serbian secret military organization the Black Hand were behind the assassination, so the Austro-Hungarian Empire blamed Serbia. After much back-and-forth, war was declared on Serbia. Within a short time, all of Europe’s greatest powers had chosen a side, and World War I began.


Labor Day became an official US holiday.

Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States and is celebrated on the first Monday in September. The three-day weekend it falls on is known as Labor Day Weekend.


Queen Victoria took to the throne during her coronation on this day at Westminster Abbey, London.

OTD in 1838: Queen Victoria took to the throne during her coronation on this day at Westminster Abbey


The final draft of the Declaration of Independence was presented to the final “Committee of the Whole” Congress.

The moment was documented in Trumbull’s famed painting of The Committee of Five.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Elon Musk? See what other famous people were born on this day.


Elon Musk

South African-American


Elon Musk


53 years old

Born In:

Gauteng, South Africa


Henry VIII



Henry VIII

Died On:

Jan 28, 1547 (Age 55)

Born In:

England, UK


Kathy Bates



Kathy Bates


76 years old

Born In:

Tennessee, USA


John Cusack



John Cusack


58 years old

Born In:

Illinois, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, June 28th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



James Madison



James Madison



James Madison

James Madison was an American president born on March 16, 1751. He died on this day in 1836, at age 85 in Montpelier, Virginia, USA.

Died On:

Jun 28, 1836 (Age 85)

Died In:

Virginia, USA


Of all of the quotes said on this day, these are the most well-known ones spoken on June 28 throughout history.


Nonviolence is a good policy when the conditions permit.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

South African President

Special Holidays

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

June 28: National Paul Bunyan Day
United States

National Paul Bunyan Day

Today we celebrate one of North America’s oldest folk heroes, Paul Bunyan, a giant-sized lumberjack who always traveled with his blue ox, Babe. If you live in North America, you could visit one of the many statues of him, and if not, there are plenty of stories you can read!

June 28: International Body Piercing Day
United States

International Body Piercing Day

Today we celebrate all types of body piercings and modifications, large and small! International Body Piercing Day was created to lower the social stigma against piercings and improve safety practices through education, so wear your piercings with pride today!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

Snakes can help predict earthquakes. They can sense a coming earthquake from 75 miles away, up to five days before it happens.

Birthday & Zodiac

If you were born on June 28, your zodiac sign is Cancer.

Those born under this sign tend to be sensitive to people’s feelings and moods. They’re usually very in tune with their environments and the world around them.

People born during June have the Alexandrite birthstone. The alexandrite gemstone changes color depending on the light. Impurities within the mineral’s structure mainly cause the color change of this gemstone.

For people born on June 28, your estimated date of conception falls on October 5 in the previous year.

Babies conceived on this day will likely be born around March 21, 2025.

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