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LORI LOUGHLIN

On July 28, 1964: Actress Lori Loughlin was born in Queens. Loughlin is best known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis on the ABC classic sitcom Full House. From 2008 to 2011, she played the role of Debbie Wilson on The CW series 90210, and she is also known for her character Ava Gregory on the WB series Summerland, which she also co-created and produced.


THE FIRST SINGING TELEGRAM WAS SUNG

On July 28, 1933: The first singing telegram was delivered to famous entertainer Rudy Vallee by a die-hard fan. Western Union, the American telegraph company, began offering singing telegram services for artists to give as humorous gifts to friends, lovers, and apparently, celebrity crushes.


THE SILENT PARADE WAS HELD

On July 28, 1917: Between eight and ten thousand African-Americans marched against lynching and anti-black violence in a protest known as The Silent Parade. The march was precipitated by the East St. Louis Riot of May and July of that year, which was an outbreak of labor and race-related violence that caused up to 200 deaths and extensive property damage. The protesters hoped to influence President Woodrow Wilson to carry through on his election promises to African-American voters on implementing anti-lynching legislation and to promote black cases. Wilson repudiated his promises, and federal discrimination actually increased during his presidency.

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