I figure it might be "neat" to have a thread dedicated to the historical events that happened on the day our calendars show as we slowly progress to meet our Maker. Please feel free to add anniversaries of events that you know of or find out and that you think are worth a mention or, even better, a conversation.
August 28 gives me these:
In 1609, Henry Hudson discovered what later became known as Delaware Bay.
In 1809, the French army accepted the British Navy's surrender in the Battle of Grand Port.
In 1833, the Slavery Abolition Act received the Royal Assent and effectively abolished slavery in most (emphasis on most) of the British Empire.
In 1845, the first issue of Scientific American was published.
In 1859, a geomagnetic storm occured that caused aurora borealis to shine so brightly that it was visible over parts of Europe, America and Japan.
In 1898, Caleb Bradham invented the soft carbonated drink that later became known as Pepsi Cola.
In 1917, ten suffragettes were arrested for picketing the White House.
In 1937, Toyota Motors became an independent company.
In 1953, Japan's first TV show was broadcasted.
In 1957, American senator Strom Thurmond began a filibuster to prevent the Senate from voting on Civil Rights Act. This turned out to be the longest filibuster ever conducted by a single senator, seeing as he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes. Wow, is that even humanly possible? There must have been breaks (I assume??), but still.
In 1963, Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
In 1979, an IRA bomb exploded at the Grand Place in Brussels, a terrorist act carried out possibly in cooperation with the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Thankfully it seems that no one was killed, but 16 people were injured, 4 of those being members of a British military band. Somewhat related, and interesting article:
How terrorists acquire technology and training: lessons from the IRA
In 1990, Iraq declared Kuwait its province.
In 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as Secretary General of the Soviet Communist Party. Related: Ukraine declares independence from the USSR.
In 1996, Charles and Diana divorce. OK, I know this isn't REAL history, but it's one of the few events I remember.
At least three important writers were born on August 28: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Leo Tolstoy (1828), and Sheridan Le Fanu (1814), the guy who helped vampires invade literature before Bram Stoker came along.