Today in History: May 28

President Bush signs a bill in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 that offers $330 billion in tax breaks to families, businesses and investors and $20 billion in state aid-- a package less than half the size of the one he initially sought. Standing behind Bush, are from left, Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans, Secretary of Treasury John Snow, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Calif.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Today is Saturday, May 28, the 149th day of 2016. There are 217 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On May 28, 2003, President George W. Bush signed a 10-year, $350 billion package of tax cuts.

On this date:

In 1533, England’s Archbishop declared the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid.

In 1892, the Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco.

In 1934, the Dionne quintuplets – Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne – were born to Elzire Dionne in Ontario, Canada.

In 1937, Neville Chamberlain became prime minister of Britain.

In 1940, the Belgian army surrendered to invading German forces during World War II.

In 1957, the National League approved the move of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants baseball teams to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively.

In 1985, David Jacobsen, director of the American University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, was abducted by pro-Iranian kidnappers.

In 1987, Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German pilot, landed a private plane in Moscow’s Red Square after evading Soviet air defenses.

In 1996, President Bill Clinton’s former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James and Susan McDougal and Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, were convicted of fraud.

In 1998, Pakistan matched India with five nuclear test blasts.

In 1998, Comic actor Phil Hartman of “Saturday Night Live” and “NewsRadio” fame was shot to death by his wife, Brynn, who then killed herself.

In 2002, NATO declared Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance.

In 2006, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth on the career list and move into second place behind Hank Aaron.

In 2010, Gary Coleman, the former child star of the 1970s TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” died at age 42 of a brain hemorrhage. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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