28th August, on this day

475 The Roman general Orestes forces western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos to flee his capital city, Ravenna, and appoints Romulus Augustus, his own son, as emperor.
489 Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths defeats Odoacer at the Battle of Isonzo, forcing his way into Italy.
1189 The Crusaders begin the Siege of Acre under Guy of Lusignan
1207 In England, Liverpool is created a borough by King John
1349 6,000 Jews are killed in Mainz, accused to be the cause of the plague.
1511 Portuguese conquer Malacca.
1521 The Ottoman Turks occupy Belgrade.
1542 Reinforced with at least 600 arquebusiers and cavalry, Imam Ahmad Gragn attacks the Portuguese camp in the Battle of Wofla. The Portuguese are scattered, their leader Christovão da Gama captured and afterwards executed.
1565 St. Augustine, Florida, established. It is the oldest surviving European settlement in the United States.
1609 Delaware Bay explored by Henry Hudson for the Netherlands
1619 Ferdinand II is elected emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
1640 English forces lead by Lord Conway are defeated by the Scots at the Battle of Newburn near Newcastle
1655 New Amsterdam and Peter Stuyvesant bars Jews from military service
1776 Battle of Long Island continues
1789 Sir William Herschel discovers Saturn's moon Enceladus
1830 The Tom Thumb presages the first railway service in the United States.
1845 Scientific American magazine publishes its first issue.
1849 After a month-long siege, Venice, which had declared itself independent, surrenders to Austria.
1850 Hungarian composer Franz Liszt conducts the first performance of Richard Wagner's opera Lohengrin containing the Bridal Chorus - now better known as 'Here Comes the Bride'
1850 The English Channel telegraph cable is finally laid between Dover and Cap Gris Nez
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 afield as Japan.
1862 Belle Boyd released from Old Capital Prison in Washington, DC
1862 American Civil War: The Second Battle of Bull Run begins.
1864 Signing of the First Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war
1867 US occupies Midway Islands in the Pacific
1879 In southern Africa, Zulu chief Cetewayo is captured by British at the end of the Zulu Wars
1884 1st known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard SD
1895 R.L Thomas, secretary and treasurer of the Kinestoscope Co of New Jersey, US, becomes the world's first film actor, playing the part of Queen Elizabeth I in the execution of Mary Queen of Scots
1898 Caleb Bradham renames his carbonated soft drink "Pepsi-Cola".
1899 122 houses, smelting factory, hospital, many facilities destroyed on hill, cause by heavy rain with debris blow, at Sumitomo Besshi bronze mine erea, Niihama, Shikoku, Japan, at least 512 killed.
1907 In US, United Parcel Service, founded by James E. Casey, begins service, in Seattle
1913 Queen Wilhelmina opens the Peace Palace in The Hague.
1914 World War I: Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of the war. between British and German warships in the North Sea. British casualities numbered 33 killed. The German Navy lost four ships and more than 1,000 men
1914 German troops conquer Namur.
1916 Germany declares war on Romania.
1916 Italy declares war on Germany.
1917 10 suffragists arrested as they picket the White House
1921 2nd Pan-African Congress meets (London, Brussels and Paris)
1924 Georgian opposition stages the August Uprising against the Soviet Union.
1931 France and Soviet Union sign a treaty of non-aggression.
1933 For the first time, British police use the BBC to help find a wanted man. An appeal is broadcast for information on the whereabouts of murder suspect Stanley Hobday
1937 Toyota Motors becomes an independent company.
1938 Northwestern U awards honorary degree to dummy Charlie McCarthy
1943 In Denmark, a general strike against the Nazi occupation is started.
1944 Marseille and Toulon are liberated.
1945 US forces commanded by General George Marshall, land in Japan- within a few days of the official Japanese surrender following the dropping of atom bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
1947 Spanish millionaire matador, Manolette, is killed in the ring by a bull
1949 Riot prevents Paul Robeson from singing near Peekskill, NY
1953 Nippon Television broadcasts Japan's first television show, including its first TV advertisement.
1957 Sen Thurmond begins 24-hr filibuster against civil rights bill
1961 Motown releases what would be its first number one hit, "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes.
1962 Dr Geza DeKaplany tortures wife with acid
1962 Tony Sheridan and the Beatles record "Ya Ya (Parts 1 + 2)"
1963 200,000 demonstrate for equal rights in Washington, DC
1963 Black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King makes his famous speech 'I have a dream...' to a rally of more than 200,000 in Washington
1964 Race riot in Philadelphia
1968 Police and anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago's Dem Natl Conven
1971 The dollar is allowed to float against the yen for the first time.
1973 Princess Anne becomes the first member of the British Royal Family to visit the Soviet Union - arriving in Kieve to ride for Britain in an equestrian event
1973 6.8 quake centered in Oaxaca State in Mexico kills 527
1974 Soyuz 15 returns to Earth
1978 Donald Vesco rode 21'-long Kawasaki motorcycle at 318.598 mph
1979 An IRA bomb explodes on the Grand Place in Brussels.
1981 John Hinckley Jr pleads innocent in attempt to kill Presient Reagan
1981 Sebastian Coe of UK sets 1-mile record of 3:47.33 (since broken)
1981 National Centers for Disease Control announces high incidence of Pneumocystis and Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men
1982 The first Gay Games are held in San Francisco.
1983 Menachim Begin announces his resignation as Prime Minister of Israel
1983 Joseph Kreckman sets record of 2,215 clay pigeons shot in an hour
1986 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is at the re-opening of the Grand Hotel in Brighton in which she and senior Conservative Party members had been staying in 1983 when it was bombed by the IRA
1986 US Navy officer Jerry A Whitworth sentenced to 365 years for spying
1988 33 people are killed when three Italian air force jets collide during an aerobatic display at Ramtein in West Germany
1990 Iraq declares the occupied country of Kuwait to be the 19th province of Iraq. Kuwait City is renamed Kadhima with a district named after the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
1990 The Plainfield Tornado: An F5 tornado hits in Plainfield, Illinois, and Joliet, Illinois, killing 28 people.
1991 Ukraine declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.
1991 5 die in a NYC subway's 3rd worst accident
1996 Official end of the 15 year marriage of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales
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.

28th August 2006

Afghan 'suicide bombing kills 17'

'Two dead' in fresh Turkey blast

Dozens die in fresh Iraq violence

28th August 2007

Turks elect ex-Islamist president

Wildfires rage on across Greece

Iraqi city cleared after clashes

28th August 2008

Putin blames US for Georgia role

Rebels and army clash in DR Congo

Indian PM says flood 'a calamity'

28th August 2009

Couple deny California abduction

Jackson death ruled as homicide

UAE 'seizes N Korea arms cargo'

28th August 2010

Taliban attack Nato Afghan bases

Anger as US conservatives rally

7 injured in US jail riot

Birthdates which occurred on 28th August :

1592 George Villiers duke of Buckingham, royal minister to James I
1749 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Frankfurt, social philosopher (Faust)
1774 Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton 1st American Catholic saint
1831 Lucy Ware Webb Hayes 1st lady
1833 Sir Edward Burne-Jones England, Pre-Raphaelite painter/designer
1878 George Hoyt Whipple US, astrophysicist (Nobel-1934)
1889 Charles Boyer France, actor (Algiers, Fanny, Barefoot in the Park)
19-- Marla Adams actress (Gotcha, Secret Storm, Young & Restless)
19-- Sonny Shroyer Valdosta Ga, actor (Dukes of Hazzard, Enos)
19-- Steve Whiteman rocker (Kix-Hot Wire)
1901 Paul Henry Lang Budapest, critic/musicologist (NY Herald Tribune)
1903 Bruno Bettelheim US, writer (Uses of Enchantment)
1905 Sam Levene actor (Demon, Gung Ho)
1906 Sir John Betjeman poet laureate of England (Mt Zion)
1908 Roger Tory Peterson NY, ornithologist/writer (How to Know Birds)
1913 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker],Brooklyn NY, Tenor (NY Met Opera)
1914 Glenn Osser Munising Mich, orch leader (Paul Whiteman Goodyear Revue)
1916 C Wright Mills sociologist, writer (The Power Elite)
1919 Ernest Martin [Markowitz], producer (Feuer & Martin-Chorus Line)
1921 Nancy Kulp Penn, actress (Beverly Hillbillies)
1924 Janet Frame NZ, novelist (Intensive Care, Owls Do Cry)
1924 Peggy Ryan Long Beach Calif, actress (Jenny-Hawaii Five-0)
1925 Marvin Davis Newark NJ, CEO (Davis Oil Company)
1929 Istv n Kert‚sz Budapest Hungary, conductor (Budapest Opera 1953-57)
1929 Rokie Roker Miami Fla, actress (Helen-Jeffersons)
1930 Ben Gazzara NYC, actor (Run for Your Life, QB VII)
1931 John Shirley-Quirk Liverpool England, baritone (Death in Venice)
1932 Andy Bathgate Canada, NY Ranger (1958 NHL MVP)
1939 Cassie Mackin newswoman (NBC TV)
1940 Richard Sanders actor (Les Nessman-WKRP, Berrengers, Spencer)
1940 William Cohen (Sen-R-Me)
1941 Paul Peter Plishka Old Forge Penn, bass (Bronx Botanical Gardens)
1943 David Soul Chicago, actor (Starsky & Hutch, Here Comes the Bride)
1943 Lou Pinella Yankee manager (1969 AL rookie of the year)
1946 Bob Beamon US, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1968)
1947 Alice Playton NYC, actress (Who Killed Mary Whats 'er Name)
1949 Hugh Cornwell rocker (The Stranglers-Dreamtime)
1950 Ron "Louisana Lightning" Guidry Yankee pitcher (Cy Young 1978)
1951 Wayne Osmond Ogden Utah, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie)
1957 Daniel Stern Stamford Ct, actor (City Slickers, Wonder Years)
1958 Scott Hamilton Toledo, figure skating champion (Olympic-gold-1984)
1960 Emma Samms [Samuels], London, actress (Colby's, General Hospital)
1960 Leroy Chiao Milwaukee Wisc, astronaut
1961 Kim Appleby rocker (Mel & Kim-Coming to America)
1963 Reyna Thompson NFL corner back (NY Giants)
1965 James Jagger son of Mick Jagger & Jerry Hall
1965 Julie Brown MTV VJ (approx)
1966 Jerry Fehily rocker (Hothouse Flowers-Don't Go)
1968 Scarlet Annette Morgan Pfafftown NC, Miss NC-America-1991
1969 Jason Priestley Vancouver BC, actor (Brandon-Beverly Hills 90210)
1969 Mary McCartney daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney
1971 Janet Evans US swimmer (Olympics-1992)


Deaths which occurred on August 28th:
1818 Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable trader, founder of Chicago, dies
1955 Emmett Till kidnapped & lynched at 14, in Money Mississippi
1961 Thomas Connolly 1st baseball umpire elected to hall of fame, dies
1964 Gracie Allen Mrs George Burns/comedian (Burns & Allen), dies at 62
1967 Paul Muni actor, dies at 71
1968 Nick Castle choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), dies at 58
1983 Jan Clayton actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie), dies at 66
1985 Ruth Gordon actress, dies at 88 suffering a stroke in her sleep