A closer look at key historic events that took place on April 28:

In 2004, photos from the Abu Ghraib prison are published

CBS network broadcasted photographs depicting the harsh treatment of Iraqi inmates at the prison in US-occupied Iraq. It initiated a national debate on torture and the Geneva Conventions.

ATTENTION EDITORS – VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY – A picture obtained by ABC News and released May 19, 2004 shows a man identified as Sgt. Charles Graner posing over the body of detainee Manadel a-Jamadi in Abu Ghraib prison, in Iraq. Spc. Charles Graner Jr. was convicted on January 14, 2005, by a military jury of abusing Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in a scandal that badly damaged America’s reputation after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. REUTERS/HO/ABC News/Charles Fredrick

In 2001, Dennis Tito becomes the first space tourist
A Russian rocket transported the the American businessman to the International Space Station (ISS). Tito supposedly spent 20 million dollars for a six day trip.

U.S. space tourist Dennis Tito (L) gives the thumbs up next to Talgat Musabayev (C) and Yuri Baturin as they head to a training session at the Baikonur cosmodrome, April 25, 2001. Californian millionaire Tito, together with two Russian cosmonauts Baturin and Musabayev, is to be launched to the International Space Station on April 28, 2001. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

In 1996, Australia’s worst mass shooting takes place

Gunman Martin Bryant went on a killing spree that left 35 people dead and 18 others wounded in the Port Arthur area of Tasmania. It led to stricter gun control in the country.

Mick Roelandts, firearms reform project manager for the New South Wales Police, looks at a pile of around 4,500 prohibited firearms that have been handed in over the past month under the Australian government’s buy-back scheme in Sydney, Australia, July 28, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray/File photo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

In 1969, Charles de Gaulle resigns his presidency.

Chuck Mitchell La Presse Canadienne

In 1952, Allied occupation of Japan ends

The occupation which began after the latter surrendered in WWII ended after seven years of rapid social and economic change.

In 1945, Benito Mussolini is executed
The Italian dictator, “Il Duce,” was captured while trying to flee Italy and was executed on April 28.

Benito Mussolini, centre, on his way to review the Sailor Boys, of the National Foundation of Balilla, drawn up in the court yard of the Viminale Palace, Rome, Italy, Sept. 17, 1928. (AP Photo)

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