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On this day: May 28

Published On: May 24 2013 12:43:31 PM EDT   Updated On: May 28 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

The Spanish Armada sets sail for England, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club, Volkswagen is founded, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass dominate the charts, and "The Last Supper" goes back on display after a two-decade restoration, all on this day.

OTD May 28 - Spanish Armada
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1588: The Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 men, sets sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel with the intention of overthrowing Elizabeth I of England. The fleet was so big it took until May 30 for all ships to leave port. In fierce fighting in late July, the English fleet drove the Armada north around Scotland and Ireland into the North Atlantic, where severe storms caused more damage to the then fleeing Spanish ships. By the time the Armada arrived home, it had lost about a total of 50 ships.


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