ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
July 28, 1609
An English Ship, Heading for Virginia
with Supplies, Runs Aground in Bermuda
On this day in 1609, after four days of battling a severe storm (probably a hurricane) and taking on water
faster than they could bail, the crew of the English ship "Sea Venture" spotted land. In order to save his crew and
passengers, Captain Newport sailed the ship towards the island. Unable to anchor, he wedged the ship between two
large rocks allowing 150 crew and passengers and one dog to make it safely to the shores of Bermuda.
The island was uninhabited by humans at the time but there were plenty of plants and animals, including wild hogs,
that afforded the unintended settlers an opportunity to eat. For the next nine months, the group salvaged all they
could from the Sea Venture and, along with material found on the island, constructed two smaller ships. The new
ships, The Patience and the Deliverance would allow them to complete their journey to Jamestown, Virginia.
July 28, 1864
Confederates Attempt to Re-take Atlanta
for the Third Time
On this day in 1864, Confederate forces under the command of Gen. John B. Hood make a third attempt to re-take
Atlanta since it was captured by Union forces lead by William T. Sherman.