On This Day

What Happened on August 28

Important Events

  • 1189 Third Crusade: the Crusaders begin the Siege of Acre under Guy of Lusignan
  • 1609 English explorer Henry Hudson, discovers and explores Delaware Bay
  • 1830 1st American built locomotive, "Tom Thumb" races a horse-drawn car from Stockton and Stokes stagecoach company from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills. Let history record that due to mechanical problems the horse won!
  • 1845 Scientific American magazine publishes its first issue
  • 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream" speech addressing the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom civil rights march at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
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Aug 28 in Film & TV

  • 1956 17th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded

Aug 28 in Music

  • 1965 Bob Dylan booed for playing electric guitar at a concert in New York's Forest Hills

Aug 28 in Sport

  • 1972 Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut becomes media darling at the Munich Olympics; wins gold in the teams all-round ; follows with 2 gold and a silver

Did You Know?

Pharmacists John Lea & William Perrins manufacture Worcestershire Sauce

On August 28, 1837

Would You Believe?

Ten suffragists arrested as they picket the White House

On August 28, 1917

Famous Weddings

  • 1775 Statesman John Hancock (38) weds hostess Dorothy Quincy (28) in Fairfield, Connecticut
  • 1811 English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (19) elopes to Scotland with 1st wife Harriet Westbrook (16)
  • 1924 British children's writer Enid Blyton (27) marries editor Major Hugh Alexander Pollock, DSO (36)

Famous Divorces

  • 1953 American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald (36) divorces American jazz bassist Ray Brown (27) after 6 years of marriage
  • 2009 Blake Fielder-Civil (27) divorces Grammy award-winning singer Amy Winehouse (25) due to adultery after 2 years of marriage

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