For some reason, August 28 has consistently been a prominent day throughout history. Here are some examples:
1917 - Ten suffragists are arrested when picketing the White House.
1943 - In Denmark, a general strike against the Nazi occupation is started.
1955 - Black Mississippian Emmett Till is murdered, allegedly for whistling to a white woman and calling her baby.
1963 - During a 200,000-person civil rights rally in at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his famous I have a dream speech.
1968 - Riots in Chicago, Illinois, during the Democratic National Convention
1990 - Iraq declares Kuwait to be its newest province.
2005 - A mandatory evacuation is ordered by New Orleans, Louisiana mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco as Hurricane Katrina moved nearer to Louisiana.
1749 - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and scientist (d. 1832)
1774 - Elizabeth Ann Seton, American-born Catholic saint (d. 1821)
1828 (O.S.) - Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer (d. 1910)
1908 - Roger Tory Peterson, American ornithologist and illustrator (d. 1996)
1952 - Rita Dove, former U.S. poet laureate
430 - Augustine of Hippo, North African saint and theologian (b. 354)
1993 - William Stafford, American writer (b. 1914)
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