This Day in History: June 28

Also on this day:

  • 1838: Britain’s Queen Victoria is crowned in Westminster Abbey.
  • 1914: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, are shot to death in Sarajevo by Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip, an act that sparks World War I.
  • 1940: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Alien Registration Act, also known as the Smith Act, which requires adult foreigners residing in the U.S. to be registered and fingerprinted.
  • 1968: President Lyndon Johnson signs the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved commemorations for Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day and Veterans Day to Monday, creating three-day holiday weekends beginning in 1971.
  • 1978: The Supreme Court orders the University of California-Davis Medical School to admit Allan Bakke, a white man who had argued he’d been a victim of reverse racial discrimination.

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