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.
  • 489
    Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths defeats Odoacer at the Battle of Isonzo, forcing his way into Italy.
  • 1619
    Ferdinand II is elected emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • 1640
    Second Bishop’s War: King Charles I’s English army loses to a Scottish Covenanter force at the Battle of Newburn.
  • 1830
    The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s new Tom Thumb steam locomotive races a horse-drawn car, presaging steam’s role in US railroading.
  • 1833
    The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 receives Royal Assent, abolishing slavery through most the British Empire.
  • 1849
    After a month-long siege, Venice, which had declared itself independent as the Republic of San Marco, surrenders to Austria.
  • 1859
    A geomagnetic storm causes the Aurora Borealis to shine so brightly that it is seen clearly over parts of USA, Europe, and even as far away as Japan.
  • 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: the Royal Navy defeats the German fleet in the Battle of Heligoland Bight.
  • 1937
    Toyota Motors becomes an independent company.
  • 1943
    World War II: in Denmark, a general strike against the Nazi occupation is started.
  • 1953
    Nippon Television broadcasts Japan’s first television show, including its first TV advertisement.
  • 1963
    March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his I Have a Dream speech
  • 1979
    An IRA bomb explodes on the Grand Place in Brussels.
  • 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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