Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,062 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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About August 28

August 28, 2016 is the 241st day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 125 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 153 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 28

  • 475
    The Roman general Orestes forces western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos to flee his capital city, Ravenna.
  • 489
    Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths defeats Odoacer at the Battle of Isonzo, forcing his way into Italy.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Second Battle of Bull Run, also known as the Battle of Second Manassas.
  • 1914
    World War I: German troops conquer Namur.
  • 1917
    Ten Suffragettes are arrested while picketing the White House.
  • 1944
    World War II: Marseille and Toulon are liberated.
  • 1957
    U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond begins a filibuster to prevent the Senate from voting on Civil Rights Act of 1957; he stopped speaking 24 hours and 18 minutes later, the longest filibuster ever conducted by a single Senator.
  • 1990
    The Plainfield Tornado: an F5 tornado hits in Plainfield, Illinois, and Joliet, Illinois, killing 28 people.
  • 1996
    Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales divorce.
  • 1998
    Pakistan’s National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the “Qur'an and Sunnah” the “supreme law” but the bill is defeated in the Senate.

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