ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ APRIL 28
1914 - W H Carrier patents air conditioner.
1919 - 1st jump with Army Air Corp (rip-cord type) parachute (Les Irvin).
1922 - WOI (Ames, Iowa) country's 1st licensed educational radio station.
1923 - Wembley Stadium opens-Bolton Wanderers vs West Ham United (FA Cup).
1924 - 119 die in Benwood West Virginia coal mine disaster.
1931 - Program for woman athletes approved for 1932 Olympics track & field.
1932 - 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC-radio.
1932 - Yellow fever vaccine for humans announced.
1934 - FDR signs Home Owners Loan Act.
1937 - 1st animated cartoon electric sign displayed (NYC).
1937 - 1st commercial flight across Pacific, Pan Am.
1939 - Hitler claims German-Polish non-attack treaty still in effect.
1940 - Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000".
1940 - Rudolf Hess becomes commandant of concentration camp Auschwitz.
1941 - Ann-Margret, Valsjobya Sweden, actress (Bye Bye Birdie, Tommy).
1942 - "WW II" titled so, as result of Gallup Poll.
1942 - Nightly "dim-out" begins along East Coast.
1944 - Exercise "Tiger" ends with 750 US soldiers dead in D-Day rehearsal after their convoy ships were attacked by German torpedo boats.
1945 - Benito Mussolini, Fascist leader (Italy), shot after trial at 61.
1947 - Thor Heyerdahl & "Kon-Tiki" sail from Peru to Polynesia.
1949 - Former Philippine First Lady Aurora Quezon, 61, is assassinated while en route to dedicate a hospital in memory of her late husband; her daughter and 10 others are also killed.
1950 - Jay Leno, New Rochelle, comedian/talk show host (Tonight Show).
1952 - Dwight D. Eisenhower resigns as Supreme Commander of NATO.
1957 - Mike Wallace is seen on TV for the first time. He is the host of "Mike Wallace Interviews."
1959 - "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" on CBS-TV is broadcast for the last time.
1963 - 17th Tony Awards: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" win.
1966 - 38th Academy Awards - "Sound of Music," Julie Christie & L Marvin win.
1967 - Expo 67 opens in Montreal.
1967 - Muhammad Ali refuses induction into army & stripped of boxing title.
1969 - King Crismson with Greg Lake & Ian McDonald debuts.
1971 - Samuel Lee Gravely Jr becomes 1st black admiral in US Navy.
1972 - Courts awarded Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner because winner was given drugs before race.
1973 - Over 6000 Mk. 82 500 pound bombs detonate over the course of 18 hours in a railyard in northern California. 5500 structures are damaged, and the town of Antelope, California ceases to exist, with every building being reduced to the foundation. This accident leads to the passing of the Transportation Safety Act of 1974 which makes the NTSB an independent agency.
1975 - John Lennon appears on "Tonight" & Ringo on "Smother Brothers".
1980 - Marshall Tucker Band bass player Tommy Caldwell dies of injuries he got in a car accident in Spartanburg, SC.
1985 - Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 4th time.
1986 - Chernobyl, USSR site of world's worst nuclear power plant disaster.
1987 - On a plane that is returning to Boston, from Miami, Ozzy Osbourne buys three rounds of drinks and sings "Crazy Train" over the PA system.
1987 - For the first time, a compact disc of an album is released before its vinyl version. The album is "The Art of Excellence" by Tony Bennett.
1989 - Argentina, hit by rocketing inflation, runs out of money.
1989 - Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley are married. They had been high school sweethearts.
1990 - "Chorus Line" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 6,137 performances.
1991 - Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) launched.
1996 - "Big," opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 193 performances.
1999 - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2000 - The final episode of "Cosby" airs on CBS.
2001 - Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world's first space tourist.
2005 - The Patent Law Treaty goes into effect.