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July 28, 2013

Today in History for Sunday, July 28, 2013

-- — Highlight in History

On July 28, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced the end of coffee rationing, which had limited people to one pound of coffee every five weeks since it began in November 1942.

On this date

In 1914, World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

In 1945, a U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York’s Empire State Building, killing 14 people. The U.S. Senate ratified the United Nations Charter by a vote of 89-2.

In 1959, in preparation for statehood, Hawaiians voted to send the first Chinese-American, Republican Hiram L. Fong, to the U.S. Senate and the first Japanese-American, Democrat Daniel K. Inouye, to the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1973, the Summer Jam at Watkins Glen took place in upstate New York.

In 1976, an earthquake devastated northern China, killing at least 242,000 people, according to an official estimate.

In 1990, political newcomer Alberto Fujimori was sworn in for his first term as president of Peru.

In 2002, nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset, Pa., were rescued after 77 hours underground.

Ten years ago

Rebels in Liberia captured Buchanan, the country’s second-largest city.

Five years ago

President George W. Bush received Pakistan’s new prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, at the White House, praising him as a reliable partner in confronting terrorism. Four suicide bombers believed to be women struck a Shiite pilgrimage in Baghdad and a Kurdish protest rally in northern Iraq, killing at least 57 people and wounding nearly 300.

One year ago

Syria’s government launched an offensive to retake rebel-held neighborhoods in the nation’s commercial hub of Aleppo.

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