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

  • 489
    Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths defeats Odoacer at the Battle of Isonzo, forcing his way into Italy.
  • 1542
    Turkish-Portuguese War (1538-1557) – Battle of Wofla: the Portuguese are scattered, their leader Christovão da Gama is captured and later executed.
  • 1619
    Ferdinand II is elected emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • 1810
    Battle of Grand Port – the French accept the surrender of a British Navy fleet.
  • 1845
    The first issue of Scientific American magazine is published.
  • 1867
    The United States takes possession of the, at this point unoccupied, Midway Atoll.
  • 1898
    Caleb Bradham invents the carbonated soft drink that will later be called “Pepsi-Cola”.
  • 1901
    Silliman University is founded in the Philippines. The first American private school in the country.
  • 1913
    Queen Wilhelmina opens the Peace Palace in The Hague.
  • 1916
    World War I: Italy declares war on Germany.
  • 1931
    France and Soviet Union sign a treaty of non-aggression.
  • 1937
    Toyota Motors becomes an independent company.
  • 1944
    World War II: Marseille and Toulon are liberated.
  • 1953
    Nippon Television broadcasts Japan’s first television show, including its first TV advertisement.
  • 1955
    Black teenager Emmett Till is murdered in Mississippi, galvanizing the nascent American Civil Rights Movement.
  • 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.
  • 1964
    The Philadelphia race riot begins.
  • 1988
    Ramstein airshow disaster: three aircraft of the Frecce Tricolori demonstration team collide and the wreckage falls into the crowd. 75 are killed and 346 seriously injured.
  • 1991
    Ukraine declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 1996
    Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales divorce.

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