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On This Day in History, August 28

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.

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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