Saturday, July 28, is the 210th day of 2012. There are 156 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Director Andrew McLaglen is 92. Actor Darryl Hickman is 81. Dancer-choreographer Jacques d’Amboise is 78. Art critic Robert Hughes is 74. Conductor Riccardo Muti is 71. Former Senator and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Bradley is 69. ‘‘Garfield’’ creator Jim Davis is 67. Singer Jonathan Edwards is 66. Actress Linda Kelsey is 66. TV producer Dick Ebersol is 65. Actress Sally Struthers is 64. Actress Georgia Engel is 64. Rock musician Simon Kirke is 63. Rock musician Steve Morse (Deep Purple) is 58. CBS anchor Scott Pelley is 55. Alt-country musician Marc Perlman is 51. Actor Michael Hayden is 49. Actress Lori Loughlin is 48. Jazz musician Delfeayo Marsalis is 47. Hockey GM Garth Snow is 43. Actress Elizabeth Berkley is 40. Singer Afroman is 38. Country musician Todd Anderson is 37. Rock singer Jacoby Shaddix is 36. Country singer Carly Goodwin is 31. Actor Nolan Gerard Funk is 26. Rapper Soulja Boy is 22.
In 1540, King Henry VIII’s chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed, the same day Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.
In 1609, the English ship Sea Venture ran ashore on Bermuda, where the passengers and crew founded a colony.
In 1794, Maximilien Robespierre, a leading figure of the French Revolution, was sent to the guillotine.
In 1821, Peru declared its independence from Spain.
In 1914, World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced the end of coffee rationing, which had limited people to 1 pound of coffee every five weeks since it began in November 1942.
In 1945, a US Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York’s Empire State Building, killing 14 people. The US Senate ratified the United Nations Charter by a vote of 89-2.
In 1976, an earthquake devastated northern China, killing at least 242,000 people.
In 1990, upset winner 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.