August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 125 days remain until the end of the year.
We have some interesting facts & historic events all about August 28th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 28th in history!
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- National Bow Tie Day
- Radio Commercials Day
- Rainbows Bridge Remembrance Day
- Race Your Mouse Around The Icons Day
- National Franchise Appreciation Day
What Happened On This Day – August 28
1963: Martin Luther King Makes His “I Have a Dream” Speech
The historic speech that was a call to end racism in the United States was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, a political rally organized by human and political rights groups. Over 200,000 people gathered in Washington DC to demand jobs and equality for African-Americans. The I Have a Dream speech by Dr. King became a symbol of the American civil rights movement and is one of the most recognizable speeches in recorded history.
1963: Evergreen Bridge Opens for Traffic for the First Time
The longest floating bridge in the world, the Evergreen Point Bridge or the Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge, is on Route 520 in the state of Washington. It is built on Lake Washington and connects Seattle with the city of Medina. The bridge is 4,750 meters long, half of which is over the water.
1955: Emmett Till is Murdered in Mississippi
The 14-year old African-American boy was brutally killed by white men after he was allegedly reported to have flirted with a white woman a day before. Till, who was from Chicago, was visiting family in Money, Mississippi, when he was kidnapped, mutilated, and his body dumped into the river.
1937: Toyota Motor Corporation is Formed
The car company was first founded in 1933 as a subsidiary of the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd. The division was headed by Kiichiro Toyoda, the son of the Toyota founder, Sakichi Toyoda.
1845: First Issue of Scientific American hits the newsstands
The science magazine was founded by American inventor and artist Rufus M. Porter. The magazine began as a weekly newsletter and is now the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States.
1907: UPS was founded. 19-year-old Jim Casey borrowed $100 to launch the business. Deliveries were on foot or by bike. Today, UPS delivers more than 24 million packages each day.
Births On This Day, August 28
1986: Gilad Shalit, Israeli soldier
1965: Shania Twain, Canadian singer-songwriter
1943: Surayud Chulanont, Thai politician, 24th Prime Minister of Thailand
1913: Lindsay Hassett, Australian cricketer
1749: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer, scientist
Deaths On This Day, August 28
1990: Willy Vandersteen, Belgian writer, illustrator
1987: John Huston, American director
1955: Emmett Till, American murder victim
1903: Frederick Law Olmsted, American journalist, landscape designer, co-designed Central Park
430: Augustine of Hippo, Algerian bishop, theologian
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