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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 28, 2024

On May 28, 1892, the Sierra Club was founded by naturalist John Muir.

By United Press International
Demonstrators participate in a protest organized by Indigenous Environmental Network, 350.org, Sierra Club, and CREDO Mobile after President Trump announced orders to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines on January 24, 2017. On May 28, 1892, the Sierra Club was founded by naturalist John Muir. File Photo by Leigh Vogel/UPI
1 of 7 | Demonstrators participate in a protest organized by Indigenous Environmental Network, 350.org, Sierra Club, and CREDO Mobile after President Trump announced orders to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines on January 24, 2017. On May 28, 1892, the Sierra Club was founded by naturalist John Muir. File Photo by Leigh Vogel/UPI | License Photo

Today is Tuesday, May 28, the 149th day of 2024 with 217 to follow.

The moon is full. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Venus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include British statesman William Pitt (the Younger) in 1759; all-around athlete Jim Thorpe in 1887; British novelist Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, in 1908; musician Aaron Thibeaux "T-Bone" Walker in 1910; biologist/politician Barry Commoner in 1917; musician Papa John Creach in 1917; actor Carroll Baker in 1931 (age 93); basketball Hall of Fame member Jerry West in 1938 (age 86); author Maeve Binchy in 1939; singer Gladys Knight in 1944 (age 80); actor Sondra Locke in 1944; former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 1944 (age 80); musician John Fogerty in 1945 (age 79); Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass in 1947 (age 77); musician Jerry Douglas (Alison Kraus & Union Station) in 1956 (age 68); actor James Michael Tyler in 1962; actor Christa Miller in 1964 (age 60); musician Chris Ballew (Presidents of the United States of America) in 1965 (age 59); musician Kylie Minogue in 1968 (age 56); actor Justin Kirk in 1969 (age 55); TV personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck in 1977 (age 47); actor Jake Johnson in 1978 (age 46); actor Alexa Davalos in 1982 (age 42); singer Colbie Caillat in 1985 (age 39); actor Carey Mulligan in 1985 (age 39); wrestler Seth Rollins, born Colby Lopez, in 1986 (age 38); actor Cameron Boyce in 1999.

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On this date in history:

In 1892, the Sierra Club was founded by naturalist John Muir.

In 1934, the Dionne sisters, Emilie, Yvonne, Cecile, Marie and Annette, first documented set of quintuplets to survive, were born near Callander, Ontario, and soon became world-famous. Emilie died in 1954, Marie in 1970 and Yvonne in 2001.

In 1961, lawyer Peter Berenson published an article in The Observer about political and religious prisoners, forming the basis for what would become Amnesty International two months later in London. The organization won the Nobel Peace Prize for its work supporting people imprisoned because of their race, religion or political views.

In 1977, a flash fire swept through a nightclub in Southgate, Ky., -- called the Beverly Hills Supper Club -- killing 162 people and injuring 30.

In 1987, West German Mathias Rust, 19, flew a single-engine plane from Finland through Soviet radar and landed beside the Kremlin in Moscow. Three days later, the Soviet defense minister and his deputy were fired.

In 1991, Ethiopian rebels seized the presidential palace and tightened their control of the capital of Addis Ababa, effectively wresting power from a crumbling Marxist government that ruled their country with an iron hand for 17 years.

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In 1998, actor and comedian Phil Hartman, known for his roles on Saturday Night Live and News Radio, was killed by his wife, Brynn Hartman. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office determined Brynn Hartman had cocaine, alcohol and an anti-depressant drug in her system at the time of the murder-suicide.

In 1998, Pakistan conducted an underground nuclear test despite condemnation from many countries and the imposition of U.S. economic sanctions.

In 2000, Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori easily won a runoff election but nationwide demonstrations against him continued. He resigned in September.

In 2002, NASA said the Mars Odyssey found evidence of ice on Mars. "We were hopeful that we could find evidence of ice, but what we have found is much more ice than we ever expected," a scientist said.

In 2008, Nepal's newly elected Constituent Assembly voted to dissolve the 239-year-old monarchy and form a republic, officially ending the reign of King Gyanendra.

In 2014, author-poet-activist Maya Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings) died in Winston-Salem, N.C. U.S. President Barack Obama called Angelou, who was 86, "one of the brightest lights of our time."

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In 2023, doctors at NYU Langone Health completed the first whole eyeball transplant in a man who sustained devastating injuries to his face in an electrical shock. The lineman, Aaron James, also received a partial face transplant.


A thought for the day: Author/poet Maya Angelou said, "Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him."

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