Today in history
Today is Saturday, August 28, the 240th day of 2021. There are 125 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s history:
On August 28, 1963, over 200,000 people listened to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his “I Have a Dream” speech outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
To this date :
In 1609, the English maritime explorer Henry Hudson and his ship, the Half Moon, reached present-day Delaware Bay.
In 1941, Japanese Ambassador to the United States Kichisaburo Nomura presented President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a note from Japanese Prime Minister Prince Fumimaro Konoye expressing a desire to improve relations.
In 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle’s home in Money, Mississippi, by two white men after allegedly hissing at a white woman; he was found brutally killed three days later.
In 1964, two days of race riots broke out in North Philadelphia over a false rumor that white police beat a pregnant black woman to death.
In 1968, police and anti-war protesters clashed in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic National Convention appointed Hubert H. Humphrey as president.
In 1988, 70 people were killed when three Italian stunt planes collided during an air show at Ramstein Air Base (RAHM’-shtyn), West Germany.
In 1996, the troubled 15-year marriage of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially ended with the issuance of a divorce decree.
In 2005, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (NAY’-gin) ordered everyone in the city to evacuate after Hurricane Katrina turned into a monster storm.
In 2009, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office announced that Michael Jackson’s death was a homicide caused primarily by the powerful anesthetic propofol (PROH’-puh-fahl) and another sedative, lorazepam (lor-AZ ‘ -uh-pam).
In 2013, a military jury sentenced Major Nidal Hasan to death in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting that left 13 people dead. On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, President Barack Obama stood on the same steps as he challenged new generations to embrace the cause of racial equality.
In 2017, floodwaters reached the roofs of one-story homes as Hurricane Harvey poured rain over the Houston area for a fourth consecutive day; thousands of people have been saved from the floods.
In 2018, a former white police officer, Roy Oliver, was convicted of murder for shooting a 15-year-old black boy, Jordan Edwards, while shooting a car full of teenagers in suburban Dallas; Oliver was sentenced the next day to 15 years in prison.
Ten years ago: A suicide bomber struck inside Baghdad’s largest Sunni mosque, killing 29 people during prayers. California returned the Little League World Series title to the United States with a 2-1 victory over Hamamatsu City, Japan. Katy Perry has won three MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year for the inspirational music video “Firework”.
Five years ago: Six scientists performed a year-long simulation of Mars in Hawaii, where they emerged after living in an almost isolated dome on a mountain in Mauna Loa. Ryan Harlost led Endwell, New York, to the Little League World Series title, striking out eight strikes and limiting South Korea to five hits in six innings in a 2-1 victory. Beyonce received eight accolades at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Juan Gabriel, a Mexican singer-songwriter and superstar who was an icon in the Latin music world, has died at his home in California at the age of 66.
A year ago: Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown as well as the on-screen royal Black Panther, died aged 43 after a four-year battle with the Colon Cancer. On Jackie Robinson’s day in the major leagues, the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics jointly left the field after a moment of silence, draping a Black Lives Matter T-shirt over the plate as they chose not to. not play. (Other major league clubs had joined NBA, WNBA and MLS teams earlier in the week to cancel games while protesting social injustice.) The University of Alabama has reported that an additional 481 students had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to more than 1,000 infections since the students returned to campus in the fall. Nevada officials have reported what may have been the first documented case of coronavirus re-infection in the United States. Japan’s longest-serving prime minister Shinzo Abe has said he is stepping down because a chronic illness has resurfaced. (Abe has been replaced by his right-hand man, Yoshihide Suga.)
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Sonny Shroyer is 86 years old. Actor Marla Adams is 83 years old. Actor Ken Jenkins is 81 years old. Former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen is 81 years old. Actor David Soul is 78 years old. Former MLB manager and player Lou Piniella (pihn-EHL’- uh) is 78 years old. Actress Barbara Bach is 75 years old. Actress Debra Mooney is 74 years old. Singer Wayne Osmond (The Osmonds) is 70 years old. Actor Daniel Stern is 64 years old. Figure skater Scott Hamilton is 63 years old. Actor John Allen Nelson is 62 years old. Actor Emma Samms is 61 years old. Actor Jennifer Coolidge is 60 years old. Director David Fincher is 59 years old. Actor Amanda Tapping is 56 years old. Country singer Shania (shah-NY’-uh) Twain is 56 years old. Actor Billy Boyd is 53 years old. Actor Jack Black is 52. Actor Jason Priestley is 52 years old. Actor Daniel Goddard (TV: “The Young and the Restless”) is 50 years old. Olympic gold medalist swimmer Janet Evans is 50 years old. Actor J. August Richards is 48 years old. Rock singer-musician Max Collins (Eve 6) is 43 years old. Actress Carly Pope is 41 years old. Country singer Jake Owen is 40 years old. Country singer LeAnn Rimes is 39 years old. Actor Kelly Thiebaud is 39 years old. Actor Alf onso Herrera is 38 years old. Actress Sarah Roemer is 37 years old. Actress Armie Hammer is 35 years old. Rock singer Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) is 35 years old. Actress Shalita Grant is 33 years old. Country-pop singer Cassadee Pope (TV: “The Voice”) is 32 years old. Actor Katie Findlay is 31 years old. Actor / singer Samuel Larsen is 30 years old. Actor Kyle Massey is 30 years old. The actor Quvenzhane (kwuh-VEHN’-zhah-nay) Wallis is 18 years old. Reality TV star Alana Thompson, aka “Honey Boo Boo, is 16.
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