About August 28

August 28, 2021 is the 240th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 125 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Virgo is the sun 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 157 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.
  • 1542
    Turkish-Portuguese War (1538-1557) – Battle of Wofla: the Portuguese are scattered, their leader Christovão da Gama is captured and later executed.
  • 1789
    William Herschel discovers a new moon of Saturn.
  • 1845
    The first issue of Scientific American magazine is published.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Second Battle of Bull Run, also known as the Battle of Second Manassas.
  • 1867
    The United States takes possession of the, at this point unoccupied, Midway Atoll.
  • 1879
    Cetshwayo, last king of the Zulus, is captured by the British.
  • 1898
    Caleb Bradham invents the carbonated soft drink that will later be called “Pepsi-Cola”.
  • 1909
    A group of mid-level Greek Army officers launches the Goudi coup, seeking wide-ranging reforms.
  • 1913
    Queen Wilhelmina opens the Peace Palace in The Hague.
  • 1914
    World War I: German troops conquer Namur.
  • 1916
    World War I: Germany declares war on Romania.
  • 1917
    Ten Suffragettes are arrested while picketing the White House.
  • 1924
    The Georgian opposition stages the August Uprising against the Soviet Union.
  • 1937
    Toyota Motors becomes an independent company.
  • 1953
    Nippon Television broadcasts Japan’s first television show, including its first TV advertisement.
  • 1963
    Emily Hoffert and Janice Wylie are murdered in their Manhattan flat, prompting the events that would lead to the passing of the Miranda Rights.
  • 1963
    March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his I Have a Dream speech
  • 1991
    Collapse of the Soviet Union – Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.
  • 2003
    An electricity blackout cuts off power to around 500,000 people living in south east England and brings 60% of London’s underground rail network to a halt.

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