On This Day in:
1609 – Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson.
1619 – Ferdinand II was elected Holy Roman Emperor. His policy of 'One church, one king' was his way of trying to outlaw Protestantism.
1774 – The first American-born saint was born in New York City.
Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975.
1811 – Percy Bysshe Shelley and Harriet Westbrook eloped.
1830 – 'The Tom Thumb' was demonstrated in Baltimore, MD. It was the first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America.
1833 – Slavery was banned by the British Parliament throughout the British Empire.
1907 – 'American Messenger Company' was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. The company's name was later changedto 'United Parcel Service.'
1916 – Italy's declaration of war against Germany took effect duringWorld War I.
1917 – Ten suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House.
1922 – The first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York City. The Queensboro Realty Company bought 10 minutes of time for $100.
1922 – The Walker Cup was held for the first time at Southampton, NY. It is the oldest international team golf match in America.
1939 – The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel HE-178.
1941 – The Football Writers Association of America was organized.
1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his 'I Have a Dream' speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than
200,000 people attended.
1972 – Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and
7/10ths of a second.
1981 – 'The New York Daily News' published its final afternoon edition.
1990 – Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province and renamed Kuwait City al-Kadhima.
1995 – The biggest bank in the U.S. was created when Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank announced their $10 billion deal.
1996 – A divorce decree was issued for Britain's Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage.
1998 – The Pakistani prime minister created new Islamic order and legal system based on the Koran.
2004 – George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes.
2008 – In China, the Shanghai World Financial Center officially opened. The observation decks opened on August 30.
2014 – Google announced its Project Wing. The project was aimed at delivering products across a city using unmanned flying vehicles.
Born on August 28:
Elizabeth Ann Seton 1774 – She was also the first American-born saint beatified by the Roman Catholic Church.
Ken Jenkins 1940 – Actor ('Scrubs') David Soul 1943 – Actor ('Starsky and Hutch') Daniel Seraphine 1948 – Singer (Chicago) Wayne Osmond 1951 – Singer (The Osmonds) Jennifer Coolidge 1961 – Actress ('Legally Blonde') Daniel Stern 1957 – Actor ('Home Alone') Rick Rossovich 1957 – Actor ('Terminator') Scott Hamilton 1958 – Figure skater Shania Twain 1965 – Country music singer
“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
— Revelation 2:10 (ESV)