On April 28, the HMS Bounty suffered a mutiny at the hands of master’s mate Fletcher Christian. Here is a look at today in history.
1789: Mutiny on the Bounty
It is now the name of a movie, but this event really happened. On this day in history, just three weeks into a journey to the West Indies from Tahiti, the HMS Bounty was seized. Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against Captain William Bligh and 18 supporters, forcing them into a small, open boat and left them behind. The crew set a course for Tubuai. It was all over Christian’s love for Mauatua from Tahiti. Bligh would suffer three mutinies in his career, due to his oppressive and insulting nature as commander.
1925: T.S. Eliot Becomes Faber and Faber Editor
Despite already being a well-known poet, T.S. Eliot still worked at Lloyd’s Bank. It was this day in history that he was offered a job at Faber and Faber publishers, as an editor; a role he gratefully accepted. He remained in that role for 40 years, when he died. He did lecture during the 1930s and 1940s on the side.
1945: The Death of Mussolini
On April 28, 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were killed at the hands of partisans. They had originally been arrested in the Lecco district, and after their deaths they were taken to Milan. They were killed along with 12 fascists, and displayed in the open square in Milan, where 15 partisans had been killed a year earlier. Milan Radio stated that Mussolini was killed by one woman firing five shots, for her “five assassinated sons.” His mutilated body had been hung upside down, but a day later was buried in his family’s tomb.
1996: 35 Die in Port Arthur Massacre
Australia was shook with the news of a massacre at Port Arthur, Tasmania on this day in history. Thirty-five people were killed, after Martin Bryrant went on a killing spree, starting with the owners of the Port Arthur Seascape guesthouse. There were theories that Bryant acted out due to his father’s suicide after the owners refused to sell him the guesthouse. He later burned the guesthouse down and was captured and sentenced to life in a maximum security prison. The incident led to the strengthening of gun laws in Australia.
Famous Birthdays on April 28
Marcus Salvius Otho, Roman Emperor–32
King Edward IV of England—1442
Duke George Villiers of Buckingham–1592
President James Monroe—1758
Folk singer John Jacob Niles—1892
Poet William Soutar—1898
British spy Odette Hallowes—1912
To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee—1926
President Saddam Hussein of Iraq—1937
TV show host Vernon Kay—1974
Cyclist Bradley Wiggins—1980
Dark Angel actress Jessica Alba—1981
Reality star Nikki Grahame–1982
Birthdays from OnThisDay.com, HistoryNet.com and FamousBirthdays.com
Featured image from Deposit Photos
William Bligh: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Bligh#/media/File:WilliamBligh.jpeg
Edward IV of England: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_IV_of_England#/media/File:King_Edward_IV.jpg
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