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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

  • 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.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Second Battle of Bull Run, also known as the Battle of Second Manassas.
  • 1914
    World War I: German troops conquer Namur.
  • 1953
    Nippon Television broadcasts Japan’s first television show, including its first TV advertisement.
  • 1957
    U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond begins a filibuster to prevent the Senate from voting on Civil Rights Act of 1957; he stopped speaking 24 hours and 18 minutes later, the longest filibuster ever conducted by a single Senator.

Who were born on August 28?

  • 1878
    George Whipple, American doctor and Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
  • 1952
    Rita Dove, American poet
  • 1971
    Raul Marquez, Mexican-born American boxer
  • 1982
    LeAnn Rimes, American singer
  • 1991
    Kyle Massey, American actor and rapper

Who died on August 28?

  • 388
    Magnus Maximus, Roman usurper
  • 1818
    Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, founder of Chicago
  • 1943
    Tsar Boris III of Bulgaria (b. 1894)
  • 1955
    Emmett Till, American civil rights movement icon (b. 1941)
  • 2006
    Benoît Sauvageau, French Canadian politician (b. 1963)

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