Today in History: June 28

Today in History: June 28

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1635

The French colony of Guadeloupe is established in the Caribbean.

1675

Frederick William of Brandenburg crushes the Swedes.

1709

Russians defeat the Swedes and Cossacks at the Battle of Poltava.

1776

Colonists repulse a British sea attack on Charleston, South Carolina.

1778

Mary "Molly Pitcher" Hays McCauley, wife of an American artilleryman, carries water to the soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth.

1839

Cinque and other Africans are kidnapped and sold into slavery in Cuba.

1862

Fighting continues between Union and Confederate forces during the Seven Days' campaign.

1874

The Freedmen's Bank, created to assist former slaves in the United States, closes. Customers of the bank lose $3 million.

1884

Congress declares Labor Day a legal holiday.

1902

Congress passes the Spooner bill, authorizing a canal to be built across the Isthmus of Panama.

1911

Samuel J. Battle becomes the first African-American policeman in New York City.

1914

Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated at Sarajevo, Serbia.

1919

Germany signs the Treaty of Versailles under protest.

1921

A coal strike in Britain is settled after three months.

1930

More than 1,000 communists are routed during an assault on the British consulate in London.

1938

Congress creates the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure construction loans.

1942

German troops launch an offensive to seize Soviet oil fields in the Caucasus and the city of Stalingrad.

1945

General Douglas MacArthur announces the end of Japanese resistance in the Philippines.

1949

The last U.S. combat troops are called home from Korea, leaving only 500 advisers.

1950

General Douglas MacArthur arrives in South Korea as Seoul falls to the North.

1954

French troops begin to pull out of Vietnam's Tonkin province.

1964

Malcolm X founds the Organization for Afro-American Unity to seek independence for blacks in the Western Hemisphere.

1967

14 people are shot during race riots in Buffalo, New York.

1970

Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] stands before the Supreme Court regarding his refusal of induction into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

1971

The Supreme Court overturns the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali.

1972

Richard Nixon announces that no new draftees will be sent to Vietnam.

1976

The first women enter the U.S. Air Force Academy.