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What are the important events that happened on August 28? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 28: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 28 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.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 15, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 408,984 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectatetracontahenagon’ day.

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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.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,346 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 28 Historical Events

  • 1845
    The first issue of Scientific American magazine is published.
  • 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.
  • 1916
    World War I: Germany declares war on Romania.
  • 1917
    Ten Suffragettes are arrested while picketing the White House.
  • 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.

Who were born on August 28?

  • 1789
    Stéphanie de Beauharnais, Grand Duchess of Baden (d. 1860)
  • 1915
    Tasha Tudor, American illustrator (d. 2008)
  • 1921
    Nancy Kulp, American actress (d. 1991)
  • 1975
    Jamie Cureton, English footballer
  • 1983
    Lasith Malinga, Sri Lankan cricketer

Who died on August 28?

  • 1943
    Tsar Boris III of Bulgaria (b. 1894)
  • 1978
    Robert Shaw, English actor and writer (b. 1927)
  • 1987
    John Huston, American movie director (b. 1906)
  • 2007
    Antonio Puerta, Spanish footballer (b. 1984)
  • 2010
    William P. Foster, American band director and educator (b. 1919)

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