September 28

This Day in History

2008

First Private Spacecraft Launched Into Orbit

There have been many amazing landmarks in the history of space exploration: The launch of Sputnik 1, the first man-made object to orbit the Earth in 1957; the launch of Sputnik 2 and its passenger … (more...)

1066

Norman Conquest of England

Claiming his right to the English throne, William, Duke of Normandy, begins his invasion of England at Pevensey. William was the cousin of Edward the Confessor, the king of England who died without … (more...)

551

Confucius Is Born

The Chinese philosopher Confucius, the latinised name of Kongfuze, is said to have been born on this day, 28 September 551 BCE. Although factual details of his life are scarce, his teachings have … (more...)