This Day In History : September 28

2015 United States

NASA scientists announce the discovery of flowing water on Mars

NASA scientists announced the discovery of flowing water on Mars on September 28, 2015. This finding suggested that liquid water could exist on the planet's surface under certain conditions, raising intriguing possibilities for the potential of life beyond Earth.

Also on This Day in History September 28

Discover what happened on September 28 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
famous births and notable deaths.

Births on This Day, September 28
  • 1836 Thomas Crapper

    English plumber who invented the ballcock

  • 1947 Sheikh Hasina

    Bangladeshi politician, 10th Prime Minister of Bangladesh

  • 1925 Seymour Cray

    American inventor (Cray Research, Cray I supercomputer)

  • 1860 Paul Urich Villard

    French chemist and physicist who discovered gamma rays

  • 1852 Henri Moissan

    French chemist who isolated the element "fluorine" from its compounds (Nobel 1906)

Deaths on This Day, September 28
  • 2007 Wally Parks

    American businessman who founded the National Hot Rod Association

  • 1895 Louis Pasteur

    French bacteriologist (invented pasteurization)

  • 1954 George Harrison Shull

    American botanist and geneticist known as the father of hybrid corn (maize)

  • 1956 William Boeing

    American aviation pioneer who founded The Boeing Company

  • 1953 Edwin Hubble

    American astronomer, first to announce existence of other galaxies


Radio Times 1st published

The Radio Times was first published on September 28, 1923. It quickly became a popular magazine in the United Kingdom, known for its comprehensive listings of radio programs and later television programs as well.

Indonesia becomes 60th member of UN

Indonesia joined the United Nations on September 28, 1950, marking a significant milestone in its international recognition and diplomatic engagement. This membership allowed Indonesia to participate fully in global affairs and contribute to UN initiatives aimed at promoting peace, security, and development worldwide. It also underscored Indonesia's commitment to multilateralism and cooperation among nations.

NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 505

NASA did not launch the Intelsat V satellite. It was actually launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) on September 28, 1982, from the Centre Spatial Guyanais in French Guiana.

Dissolution of the United Arab Republic

The United Arab Republic, a political union between Egypt and Syria, dissolved in 1971. This marked the end of their brief experiment in unity and signaled a return to separate national identities and governance structures for both countries.
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