What Happened On This Day – 28. August
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.
1963 Evergreen Bridge Opens for Traffic for the First Time
The longest floating bridge in the world, the Evergreen Point Bridge or the Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge, is on Route 520 in the state of Washington. It is built on Lake Washington and connects Seattle with the city of Medina. The bridge is 4,750 meters long, half of which is over the water.
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.
1937 Toyota Motor Corporation is Formed
The car company was first founded in 1933 as a subsidiary of the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd. The division was headed by Kiichiro Toyoda, the son of the Toyota founder, Sakichi Toyoda.
1845 First Issue of Scientific American hits the newsstands
The science magazine was founded by American inventor and artist Rufus M. Porter. The magazine began as a weekly newsletter and is now the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States.
Births On This Day – 28. August
1986 Gilad Shalit
1965 Shania Twain
1943 Surayud Chulanont
Thai politician, 24th Prime Minister of Thailand
1913 Lindsay Hassett
1749 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
German writer, scientist
Deaths On This Day – 28. August
1990 Willy Vandersteen
Belgian writer, illustrator
1987 John Huston
1955 Emmett Till
American murder victim
1903 Frederick Law Olmsted
American journalist, landscape designer, co-designed Central Park
430 Augustine of Hippo
Algerian bishop, theologian