July 28

This Day in History


Robot Dante II Begins Mission Into Alaskan Volcano

On this day in 1994, a robot named Dante II began its descent into Mount Spurr, an active volcano in the US state of Alaska. Dante was a multi-legged, rappelling robot designed and built by the … (more...)


Massive earthquake in China

Early in the morning, a massive earthquake of 8.2 magnitude strikes Tangshan, a Chinese industrial city with a population of about 1 million people. As almost everyone was at home in their beds … (more...)


Construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Begins

One of the most famous and recognisable structures in the world, the Sydney Harbour Bridge dramatically spans the water between the Sydney CBD and the North Shore. A phenomenal example of 1920’s t … (more...)


Henry VIII Executes Cromwell Over Disappointing Marriage

After years of successfully advising King Henry VIII of England as chief minister, English statesman and First Earl of Essex Thomas Cromwell was executed for treason on this day in 1540. His crime? … (more...)