On This Day..... August 28

AUGUST 28TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHERRY TURNOVER DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BOW TIE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL RAINBOW BRIDGE REMEMBRANCE DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • LEO TOLSTOY (1828-1910)
  • DANIEL STERN (1957, 61)
  • SCOTT HAMILTON (1958, 60)
  • DAVID FINCHER (1962, 56)
  • SHANIA TWAIN (1965, 53)
  • JASON PRIESTLEY (1969, 49)
  • JACK BLACK (1969, 49)
  • SHERYL SANDEBERG (1969, 49)
  • LEANN RIMES (1982, 36)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1565, ST. AUGUSTINE IS SETTLED IN FLORIDA. IT IS THE OLDEST CITY IN THE UNITED STATES STILL IN EXISTENCE
  • IN 1609, HENRY HUDSON DISCOVERS DELAWARE BAY
  • IN 1775, JOHN HANCOCK MARRIES DOROTHY QUINCY IN CONNECTICUT
  • IN 1830, THE “TOM THUMB”, THE FIRST AMERICAN MADE LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE RACES A HORSE DRAWN CART FROM BALTIMORE TO ELLICOTT MILLS. THE LOCOMOTIVE EXPERIENCES MECHANICAL ISSUES AND THE HORSE WINS
  • IN 1845, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN PUBLISHES ITS FIRST ISSUE
  • IN 1862, STONEWALL JACKSON AND ROBERT E. LEE LEAD CONFEDERATE TROOPS TO A WIN AGAINST TWICE AS MANY UNION SOLDIERS AT THE BATTLE OF BULL RUN
  • IN 1864, 26 NATIONS SIGN THE GENEVA CONVENTION ON THE RULES OF WARFARE
  • IN 1898, CALEB BRADHAM RENAMES HIS “CARBONATED DRINK” TO “PEPSI COLA”
  • IN 1907, JAMES CASEY FOUNDS THE UNITED PARCEL SERVICE
  • IN 1916, GERMANY DECLARES WAR ON BOTH ROMANIA AND ITALY
  • IN 1922, QUEENSBORO REALTY AIRS THE FIRST EVER COMMERCIAL ON THE RADIO, PAYING $100 FOR A TEN MINUTE COMMERCIAL ON WEAF IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1937, TOYOTA MOTOR COMPANY BECOMES AN INDEPENDENT COMPANY
  • IN 1938, CHARLIE MCCARTHY, THE DUMMY USED BY VENTRILOQUIST EDGAR BERGEN, IS AWARDED AN HONORARY DEGREE BY NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
  • IN 1946, “THE KILLERS”, BASED ON THE ERNEST HEMINGWAY STORY, OPENS STARRING BURT LANCASTER AND AVA GARDNER
  • IN 1953, 36 YEAR OLD ELLA FITZGERALD DIVORCES 27 YEAR OLD BASS PLAYER RAY BROWN AFTER SIX YEARS
  • IN 1955, 14 YEAR OLD EMMETT TILL IS KIDNAPPED AND LYNCHED IN MISSISSIPPI
  • IN 1957, SENATOR STROM THURMOND BEGINS HIS 24 HOUR FILIBUSTER AGAINST THE CIVIL RIGHTS BILL
  • IN 1963, 200,000 AFRICAN AMERICANS MARCH ON WASHINGTON D.C. FOR CIVIL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS AT WHICH DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR GIVES HIS FAMOUS “I HAVE A DREAM” SPEECH
  • IN 1965, BOB DYLAN IS BOOED FOR USING AN ELECTRIC GUITAR AT NEW YORK’S FOREST HILLS
  • IN 1965, THE BEACH BOYS PEAK AT #3 WITH “CALIFORNIA GIRLS”
  • IN 1965, THE FIRST SUBWAY SANDWICH SHOP OPENS IN BRIDGEPORT, CT
  • IN 1968, ANTI WAR DEMONSTRATORS CLASH WITH POLICE OUTSIDE THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
  • IN 1968, TAMMY WYNETTE RECORDS “STAND BY YOUR MAN”
  • IN 1970, THE JACKSON 5 RELEASE “I’LL BE THERE”
  • IN 1972, MARK SPITZ WINS THE FIRST TWO OF HIS SEVEN SWIMMING GOLD MEDALS
  • IN 1972, ALICE COOPER HITS #1 WITH “SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER”
  • IN 1973, BOBBY PICKETT GOES GOLD WITH “MONSTER MASH”
  • IN 1973, DEEP PURPLE GOES GOLD WITH “SMOKE ON THE WATER”
  • IN 1973, MARVIN GAYE RELEASES “LET’S GET IT ON”
  • IN 1981, JOHN HINKLEY PLEADS INNOCENT TO THE ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT REAGAN
  • IN 1981, THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL REPORTS A HIGH INCIDENCE OF PNEUMOCYSTIC AND KAPOSI’S SARCOMA IN GAY MEN, THE FIRST MOVE TOWARDS THE DISCOVERY OF HIV
  • IN 1983, MENACHEM BEGIN RESIGNS AS PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL
  • IN 1986, FORMER NAVY OFFICER JERRY WHITWORTH IS SENTENCED TO 365 FOR ESPIONAGE FOR HELPING THE WALKER FAMILY STEAL SECRETS FOR THE SOVIET UNION
  • IN 1987, NILA WACASER BLAMED THE SLEEPING DRUG HALCION AFTER KILLING HER TWO YOUNG SONS. SHE IS FOUND GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND COMMITS SUICIDE BEFORE SENTENCING
  • IN 1993, BILLY JOEL TOPS THE ALBUM CHART WITH “RIVER OF DREAMS”
  • IN 1997, A ROLLER COASTER IN A BELGIUM AMUSEMENT PARK MALFUNCTIONS AND LEAVES RIDERS HANGING UPSIDE DOWN FOR 90 MINUTES
  • IN 2003, A BLACKOUT IN SOUTHEASTERN ENGLAND LEAVES HALF A MILLION PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER AND SHUTS DOWN 60% OF THE LONDON SUBWAY SYSTEM
  • IN 2004, MARISKA HARGITAY MARRIES PETER HERMANN
  • IN 2005, HURRICANE KATRINA IS UPGRADED TO A CATEGORY 5 AND NEW ORELANS BEGINS A MANDATORY EVACUATION
  • IN 2007, 40 YEAR OLD GARY COLEMAN MARRIES 22 YEAR OLD SHANNON PRICE
  • IN 2009, DJ AM DIES OF AN OVERDOSE AT 36
  • IN 2009, BLAKE FIELDER-CIVIL DIVORCES AMY WINEHOUSE AFTER TWO YEARS OF MARRIAGE AMIDST ALLEGATIONS OF INFIDELITY AND DRUG USE
  • IN 2012, THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE NOMINATES MITT ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT
  • IN 2013, THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL VOTE FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST SYRIA LEADS TO RUSSIA AND CHINA WALKING OUT OF THE MEETING
  • IN 2017, KENYA ENACTS THE WORLD’S STRICTEST PLASTICS LAW WHICH CALLS FOR A $38,000 DOLLAR FINE AND FOUR YEARS IN JAIL FOR THE USE OF PLASTIC BAGS
  • IN 2017, NORTH KOREA FIRES MISSILES OVER JAPAN LEADING TO THE J-ALERT SYSTEM WARNING CITIZENS TO TAKE COVER

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