This Day in History- August 28

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Do you know that on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King gave his iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech to call out for the end of racism in the United States? Let’s discover all the major breakthroughs of August 28, from the launch of the first American fiction magazine that still exists to the first woman Grand Master in chess from India!

What Happened in India on August 28?

1986-Bhagyashree Sathe becomes Grand Master 
The famous Indian chess player Bhagyashree Sathe became the first woman Grand Master. She was also the winner of the Indian Women’s Championship and the Asian Women’s Championship in 1991.

Credits: PIB India

1904- Car rally organized from Kolkata to Barrackpore
The first-ever car rally in India was held from Kolkata to Barrackpore. Alfa-Romeos & Chryslers to Benz’s & Bugattis participated in the car rally.

What Happened Around the World on August 28? 

1845- First Scientific American published
The oldest scientific American magazine that still continues to publish in the USA was initially a weekly newsletter. On August 28, the magazines hit the newsstands for the first time ever.

1939- Germans Aligned along the Polish border
Hitler invaded Poland with the help of German troops with tanks and guns aligned along with the Polish border and after three days later World War II began. 

1946- The Killer premieres
Directed by Robert Siodmak, starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner the famous movie  “The Killers” premiered on August 28.

1955- Emmett Till murdered
In the USA, a teenage boy Emmett Till from Chicago was murdered by a group of white men because he flirted with a white woman.

1963- Martin Luther King speech
“I Have a Dream” Speech by Martin Luther King was held. The speech was about ending racism in the USA. The speech represented the American civil rights movement.

Credits: Rare Facts

1963- Evergreen Bridge opens
The famous Evergreen bridge which is the longest bridge opened for the first time on this day in history. It was a floating bridge built on Lake Washington.

2017- Kenya bans plastic bags
The world witnessed the toughest plastic bag ban by Kenya. Any person using a plastic bag will be fined a US$38,000 fine and four years sentence in jail in Kenya.

Famous Birthdays

1884- Peter Fraser
24th PM of New Zealand Peter Fraser was born on 28 in Scotland

1917- Jack Kirby
The inventor of X-Men, Spiderman and Hulk was born on August 29 in New York, USA. Jack Kirby was a popular American cartoonist.

1938- Paul Martin
He was the 21st Prime Minister of Canada and was born in Ontario on this day in history.

1958- Scott Hamilton
He was an American figure skater who has won Olympic gold in the year 1984 was born in Ohio on this day.

We hope this blog helped you get familiarized with all the major events that happened on February 24. Stay connected with Leverage Edu for more such educational content. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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