Historical events on April 28th... 1503: The Battle of Cerignola becomes the first battle in history won using gunpowder and small arms. 1788: Maryland ratifies the U.S Constitution on this day. It’s the 7thS State to do so. 1789: During the Mutiny on the Bounty, 18 sailors and Lieutenant William Bligh are set adrift while the rebel crew returns to Tahiti and then to Pitcairn Island. 1792: The French Revolutionary Wars begins when the Austrian Netherlands is invaded by France. 1869: 10 miles of track is laid in one for the Central Pacific Railroad by Irish and Chinese laborers. It’s a feat that hasn’t been matched since. 1881: Billy the Kid breaks out of the Lincoln County Jail in the town of Mesilla in New Mexico. 1944: 9 German Schnellboots (or as the Allies called them: E Boats) attack units from the U.S and the U.K as they were practicing Exercise Tiger – a rehearsal for the Normandy landings. Over 946 servicemen are killed. 1945: Benito Mussolini and his mistress are executed by a firing squad. 1952: General Dwight D. Eisenhower steps down as the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. 1952: The occupation of Japan by the United States ends when the Treaty of San Francisco comes into effect. 1969: Charles de Gaulle steps down as France’s President. 1970: American troops are officially authorized to fight communist sanctuaries in Cambodia by United States President Richard Nixon during the Vietnam War.