On this Day July 28
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1866 – Children’s author-illustrator Beatrix Potter (“The Tale of Peter Rabbit”) (d. 1943)
1901 – Singer-actor-bandleader Rudy Vallée (d. 1986)
1929 – Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (d. 1994)
1943 – Former New Jersey Senator and Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Bradley
1945 – Cartoonist Jim Davis, creator of “Garfield”
1948 – Actress Sally Struthers, best remembered as Gloria in the 70s sitcom “All in the Family”
1964 – Actress Lori Loughlin, who played Rebecca in ABC’s “Full House”
1993 – Pop singer-songwriter Cher Lloyd (“I Wish” and “Sirens”)
1868 – Following its ratification by the necessary three-quarters of U.S. states, the 14th Amendment is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution. It grants citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States, including formerly enslaved people.
1933 – The first singing telegram is sent to singer Rudy Vallée on his 32nd birthday.
1945 – The pilot of a U.S. Army B-25 bomber gets lost in thick fog above New York City and crashes into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building, killing 14 people. Because it was a Saturday morning, there were fewer people inside the skyscraper than would have been there on a weekday.
1965 – President Lyndon Johnson orders an increase in the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.
1978 – “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” a movie spoof about 1960s college fraternities starring John Belushi and directed by John Landis, opens in U.S. theaters.
2016 – Former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for president, becoming the first woman to lead a major U.S. political party.
1956 – Elvis Presley scores his second No. 1 hit with “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.” The song tops Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores chart (predecessor of the Hot 100, which is introduced in 1958).
1962 – “Roses Are Red (My Love),” by Bobby Vinton, is in the middle of four weeks as a Billboard chart-topper.
1973 – In what is considered the largest rock concert to date, more than 600,000 people attend the Watkins Glen Summer Jam in upstate New York to catch performances by the Allman Brothers, the Band and the Grateful Dead.
1984 – Prince is in the middle of a five-week run on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “When Doves Cry,” from his “Purple Rain” soundtrack. The song is his first No. 1.
1990 – “She Ain’t Worth It,” by Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown, is in its second week as a No. 1 single.
1998 – Brandy & Monica are in the midst of 13 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Boy is Mine.”
2001 – Usher begins his fourth and final week at No. 1 on the pop chart with “U Remind Me.”