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TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON: AUG 28

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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.

0475 – The Roman general Orestes forces western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos to flee his capital of Ravenna and appoints his own son Romulus Augustus in his place.

0476 – Orestes, father of Emperor Romulus Augustulus is captured and executed by Odoacer and his followers

1189 – The Crusaders begin the Siege of Acre under Guy of Lusignan

1207 – King John of England grants small town of Liverpool a charter (right to elect a mayor and aldermen)

1542 – Reinforced with at least 600 arquebusiers and cavalry, Imam Ahmad Gragn attacks the Portuguese camp in the Battle of Wofla. The Portuguese are scattered, their leader Christovo da Gama captured and afterwards executed.

1609 – Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson.

1619 – Ferdinand II was elected Holy Roman Emperor. His policy of “One church, one king” was his way of trying to outlaw Protestantism.

1640 – King Charles I’s English army loses to a Scottish Covenanter force at the Battle of Newburn

1655 – New Amsterdam & Peter Stuyvesant bars Jews from military service

1777 – American Revolutionary War – Battle of Cooch’s Bridge takes place near Newark, Delaware.

1789 – Sir William Herschel discovers Saturn’s moon Enceladus

1811 – Percy Bysshe Shelley and Harriet Westbrook eloped.

1830 – “The Tom Thumb” was demonstrated in Baltimore, MD. It was the first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America.

1833 – Slavery was banned by the British Parliament throughout the British Empire.

1862 – Second Battle of Bull Run, also known as the battle of Second Manassas

1867 – The United States formally takes control of Midway Atoll, years after it was sighted and claimed by Captain N.C. Brooks

1898 – Caleb Bradham renames his carbonated soft drink “Pepsi-Cola”

1907 – “American Messenger Company” was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. The company’s name was later changedto “United Parcel Service.”

1910 – Nicholas I of Montenegro again proclaims himself king (first assumed power 1860) after his reign interrupted by Turkish rule

1916 – Italy’s declaration of war against Germany took effect duringWorld War I.

1917 – Ten suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House.

1924 – Georgian opposition stages the August Uprising against the Soviet Union.

1938 – Mauthausen concentration camp opens in Austria

1939 – Journalist Care Hollingworth observes the “large numbers of troops, literally hundreds of tanks, armored cars and field guns” Germany had aligned along the Polish border. Three days later, Hitler invades Poland and WWII begins.

1942 – Reigner cable is sent to Stephen S. Wise – specifying Nazi plans to exterminate almost 4 million Jews.

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

1957 – Sen Thurmond begins 24-hr filibuster against civil rights bill

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.

1964 – The Philadelphia race riot begins

1968 – Anti-war demonstrators clash with police in Chicago, where Hubert H. Humphrey receives the Democratic nomination for president

1979 – An IRA bomb explodes on the Grand Place in Brussels.

1981 – “The New York Daily News” published its final afternoon edition.

1981 – John Hinckley Jr. pleads innocent to attempting to kill US President Ronald Reagan. He is later acquitted by reason of insanity.

1981 – The National Centers for Disease Control announce a high incidence of Pneumocystis and Kaposi’s sarcoma in gay men. Soon, these will be recognized as symptoms of an immune disorder, which will be called AIDS

1986 – US Navy officer Jerry A Whitworth sentenced to 365 years for spying

1990 – Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province and renamed Kuwait City al-Kadhima.

1995 – The biggest bank in the U.S. was created when Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank announced their $10 billion deal.

1996 – A divorce decree was issued for Britain’s Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage.

1998 – Pakistan’s National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the “”Qur’an and Sunnah”” the “”supreme law”” but the bill is defeated in the Senate

2003 – Collar Bomb incident in Erie, Pennsylvania, he died from the time bomb.

2003 – An electricity blackout cuts off power to around 500,000 people living in south east England and brings 60% of London’s underground rail network to a halt.

2005 – Hurricane Katrina upgraded to Category 5 storm; city of New Orleans put under its first mandatory evacuation order

2013 – 51 people are killed in a series of bombings across Iraq

2014 – Google announced its Project Wing. The project was aimed at delivering products across a city using unmanned flying vehicles.

2017 – Investigation into German nurse Niels Högel, a serving life sentence for killing two patients, concludes he probably killed 86 more

2017 – North Korea launches missile that flies over Japan, the country’s J-Alert warning system warns people to take cover

2019 – Climate change activist Greta Thunberg arrives in New York after sailing across the Atlantic in an emissions-free voyage

REFERENCE: history.net, onthisday.com, thepeopleshistory.com, timeanddate.com, scopesys.com, on-this-day.com

 

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