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  • What happened on August 28
  • August 28 is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 125 days remaining until the end of the year.

 

  • Events on August 28
  • 475 – The Roman general Orestes forces western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos to flee his capital city, Ravenna.
  • 489 – Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths defeats Odoacer at the Battle of Isonzo, forcing his way into Italy.
  • 632 – Fatimah, daughter of the Islamic prophet Muhammad had died, with her cause of death being a controversial topic among theSunni Muslims and Shia Muslims.
  • 663 – Silla–Tang armies crush the Baekje restoration attempt and force Yamato Japan to withdraw from Korea in the Battle of Baekgang.
  • 1189 – Third Crusade: The Crusaders begin the Siege of Acre under Guy of Lusignan.
  • 1521 – The Ottoman Turks occupy Belgrade.
  • 1524 – The Kaqchikel Maya rebel against their former Spanish allies during the Spanish conquest of Guatemala.
  • 1542 – Turkish–Portuguese War (1538–57): Battle of Wofla: The Portuguese are scattered, their leader Christovão da Gama is captured and later executed.
  • 1565 – Pedro Menéndez de Avilés sights land near St. Augustine, Florida and founds the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in the continental United States.
  • 1609 – Henry Hudson discovers Delaware Bay.
  • 1619 – Election of Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1640 – Second Bishop’s War: King Charles I’s English army loses to a Scottish Covenanter force at the Battle of Newburn.
  • 1648 – The Siege of Colchester ends when Royalists Forces surrender to the Parliamentary Forces after eleven weeks, during the Second English Civil War.
  • 1709 – Meidingnu Pamheiba is crowned King of Manipur.
  • 1789 – William Herschel discovers a new moon of Saturn: Enceladus.
  • 1810 – Battle of Grand Port: The French accept the surrender of a British Navy fleet.
  • 1830 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s new Tom Thumb steam locomotive races a horse-drawn car, presaging steam’s role in US railroads.
  • 1833 – The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 receives Royal Assent, abolishing slavery through most of the British Empire.
  • 1845 – The first issue of Scientific American magazine is published.
  • 1849 – After a month-long siege, Venice, which had declared itself independent as the Republic of San Marco, surrenders to Austria.
  • 1859 – The Carrington event is the strongest geomagnetic storm on record to strike the Earth. Electrical telegraph service is widely disrupted.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Union forces attack Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in the Battle of Hatteras Inlet Batteries which lasts for two days.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Second Battle of Bull Run, also known as the Battle of Second Manassas. The battle ends on August 30.
  • 1867 – The United States takes possession of the (at this point unoccupied) Midway Atoll.
  • 1879 – Cetshwayo, last king of the Zulus, is captured by the British.
  • 1898 – Caleb Bradham invents the carbonated soft drink that will later be called “Pepsi-Cola”.
  • 1901 – Silliman University is founded in the Philippines. The first American private school in the country.
  • 1909 – A group of mid-level Greek Army officers launches the Goudi coup, seeking wide-ranging reforms.
  • 1913 – Queen Wilhelmina opens the Peace Palace in The Hague.
  • 1914 – World War I: The Royal Navy defeats the German fleet in the Battle of Heligoland Bight.
  • 1914 – World War I: German troops take the city of Namur in Belgium.
  • 1916 – World War I: Germany declares war on Romania.
  • 1916 – World War I: Italy declares war on Germany.
  • 1917 – Ten Suffragettes are arrested while picketing the White House.
  • 1924 – The Georgian opposition stages the August Uprising against the Soviet Union.
  • 1931 – France and the Soviet Union sign a treaty of non-aggression.
  • 1937 – Toyota Motors becomes an independent company.
  • 1943 – Denmark in World War II: German authorities demand that Danish authorities crack down on acts of resistance. The next day, martial law is imposed on Denmark.
  • 1944 – World War II: Marseille and Toulon are liberated.
  • 1955 – Black teenager Emmett Till is brutally murdered in Mississippi, galvanizing the nascent Civil Rights Movement.
  • 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.
  • 1963 – March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his I Have a Dream speech
  • 1964 – The Philadelphia race riot begins.
  • 1968 – Rioting takes place in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention, triggering a brutal police crackdown.
  • 1988 – Ramstein air show disaster: Three aircraft of the Frecce Tricolori demonstration team collide and the wreckage falls into the crowd. Seventy-five are killed and 346 seriously injured.
  • 1990 – Iraq declares Kuwait to be its newest province.
  • 1990 – An F5 tornado strikes the Illinois cities of Plainfield and Joliet, killing 29 people.
  • 1993 – The Galileo spacecraft discovers a moon, later named Dactyl, around 243 Ida, the first known asteroid moon.
  • 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 theSenate.
  • 1998 – Second Congo War: Loyalist troops backed by Angolan and Zimbabwean forces repulse the RCD and Rwandan offensive on Kinshasa.

 

 

 

  • Births on August 28
  • 1023 – Emperor Go-Reizei of Japan (d. 1068)
  • 1366 – Jean Le Maingre, marshal of France (d. 1421)
  • 1582 – Taichang Emperor of China (d. 1620)
  • 1592 – George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, English courtier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire (d. 1628)
  • 1612 – Marcus Zuerius van Boxhorn, Dutch linguist and scholar (d. 1653)
  • 1667 – Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow (d. 1721)
  • 1691 – Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (d. 1750)
  • 1714 – Duke Anthony Ulrich of Brunswick (d. 1774)
  • 1728 – John Stark, American general (d. 1822)
  • 1739 – Agostino Accorimboni, Italian composer (d. 1818)
  • 1749 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German novelist, poet, playwright, and diplomat (d. 1832)
  • 1774 – Elizabeth Ann Seton, American nun and saint, co-founded the Sisters of Charity Federation in the Vincentian-Setonian Tradition (d. 1821)
  • 1801 – Antoine Augustin Cournot, French mathematician and philosopher (d. 1877)
  • 1814 – Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish author (d. 1873)
  • 1827 – Grand Duchess Catherine Mikhailovna of Russia (d. 1894)
  • 1837 – Francis, Duke of Teck (d. 1900)
  • 1840 – Alexander Cameron Sim, Scottish-Japanese pharmacist and businessman, founded Kobe Regatta & Athletic Club (d. 1900)
  • 1853 – Vladimir Shukhov, Russian architect and engineer, designed the Adziogol Lighthouse (d. 1939)
  • 1859 – Matilda Howell, American archer (d. 1938)
  • 1859 – Vittorio Sella, Italian mountaineer and photographer (d. 1943)
  • 1867 – Umberto Giordano, Italian composer and academic (d. 1948)
  • 1878 – George Whipple, American physician and pathologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1976)
  • 1884 – Peter Fraser, Scottish-New Zealand journalist and politician, 24th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1950)
  • 1885 – Vance Palmer, Australian author, playwright, and critic (d. 1959)
  • 1887 – August Kippasto, Estonian-Australian wrestler and poet (d. 1973)
  • 1887 – István Kühár, Slovenian priest and politician (d. 1922)
  • 1888 – Evadne Price, Australian actress, astrologer, and author (d. 1985)
  • 1891 – Benno Schotz, Estonian-Scottish sculptor and engineer (d. 1984)
  • 1894 – Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor and director (d. 1981)
  • 1896 – Firaq Gorakhpuri, Indian author, poet, and critic (d. 1982)
  • 1898 – Charlie Grimm, American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster (d. 1983)
  • 1899 – Charles Boyer, French-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1978)
  • 1899 – Andrei Platonov, Russian author and poet (d. 1951)
  • 1903 – Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-American psychologist and author (d. 1990)
  • 1904 – Secondo Campini, Italian-American engineer (d. 1980)
  • 1904 – Leho Laurine, Estonian chess player (d. 1998)
  • 1905 – Cyril Walters, Welsh-English cricketer (d. 1992)
  • 1906 – John Betjeman, English poet and academic (d. 1984)
  • 1908 – Roger Tory Peterson, American ornithologist and author (d. 1996)
  • 1910 – Morris Graves, American painter and academic (d. 2001)
  • 1910 – Tjalling Koopmans, Dutch-American mathematician and economist Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1985)
  • 1911 – Joseph Luns, Dutch politician and diplomat, 5th Secretary General of NATO (d. 2002)
  • 1913 – Robertson Davies, Canadian journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1995)
  • 1913 – Jack Dreyfus, American businessman, founded the Dreyfus Corporation (d. 2009)
  • 1913 – Lindsay Hassett, Australian cricketer and sportscaster (d. 1993)
  • 1913 – Robert Irving, English conductor and director (d. 1991)
  • 1913 – Terence Reese, English bridge player and author (d. 1996)
  • 1913 – Richard Tucker, American tenor and actor (d. 1975)
  • 1915 – Max Robertson, Bangladeshi-English sportscaster and author (d. 2009)
  • 1915 – Tasha Tudor, American author and illustrator (d. 2008)
  • 1916 – Hélène Baillargeon, Canadian singer and actress (d. 1997)
  • 1916 – C. Wright Mills American sociologist and author (d. 1962)
  • 1916 – Jack Vance, American author (d. 2013)
  • 1917 – Jack Kirby, American author and illustrator (d. 1994)
  • 1918 – L. B. Cole, American illustrator and publisher (d. 1995)
  • 1919 – Godfrey Hounsfield, English biophysicist and engineer Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)
  • 1921 – John Herbert Chapman, Canadian physicist and engineer (d. 1979)
  • 1921 – Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, and playwright (d. 2007)
  • 1921 – Nancy Kulp, American actress and soldier (d. 1991)
  • 1924 – Janet Frame, New Zealand author and poet (d. 2004)
  • 1924 – Tony MacGibbon, New Zealand cricketer and engineer (d. 2010)
  • 1924 – Peggy Ryan, American actress and dancer (d. 2004)
  • 1924 – Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Ukrainian-American rabbi and author (d. 2014)
  • 1925 – Billy Grammer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2011)
  • 1925 – Donald O’Connor, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 2003)
  • 1925 – Philip Purser, English author and critic
  • 1928 – F. William Free, American businessman (d. 2003)
  • 1928 – Vilayat Khan, Indian sitar player and composer (d. 2004)
  • 1929 – István Kertész, Hungarian conductor (d. 1973)
  • 1929 – Roxie Roker, American actress (d. 1995)
  • 1930 – Ben Gazzara, American actor (d. 2012)
  • 1931 – Tito Capobianco, Argentinian director and producer
  • 1931 – Cristina Deutekom, Dutch soprano and actress (d. 2014)
  • 1931 – Ola L. Mize, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2014)
  • 1931 – John Shirley-Quirk, English actor, singer, and educator (d. 2014)
  • 1931 – Roger Williams, English hepatologist and academic
  • 1932 – Andy Bathgate, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager (d. 2016)
  • 1932 – Yakir Aharonov, Israeli academic and educator
  • 1933 – Philip French, English journalist, critic, and producer (d. 2015)
  • 1933 – Patrick Kalilombe, Malawian bishop and theologian (d. 2012)
  • 1935 – Melvin Charney, Canadian sculptor and architect (d. 2012)
  • 1935 – Gilles Rocheleau, Canadian businessman and politician (d. 1998)
  • 1936 – Don Denkinger, American baseball player and umpire
  • 1938 – Maurizio Costanzo, Italian journalist and academic
  • 1938 – Paul Martin, Canadian lawyer and politician, 21st Prime Minister of Canada
  • 1938 – Bengt Fahlström, Swedish journalist
  • 1939 – John Kingman, English mathematician and academic
  • 1940 – William Cohen, American lawyer and politician, 20th United States Secretary of Defense
  • 1940 – Roger Pingeon, French cyclist
  • 1941 – Michael Craig-Martin, Irish painter and illustrator
  • 1941 – Toomas Leius, Estonian tennis player and coach
  • 1941 – John Stanley Marshall, English drummer
  • 1941 – Paul Plishka, American opera singer
  • 1942 – Wendy Davies, Welsh historian and academic
  • 1942 – Sterling Morrison, American singer and guitarist (d. 1995)
  • 1942 – Jorge Urosa, Venezuelan cardinal
  • 1943 – Surayud Chulanont, Thai general and politician, 24th Prime Minister of Thailand
  • 1943 – Robert Greenwald, American director and producer
  • 1943 – Shuja Khanzada, Pakistani colonel and politician (d. 2015)
  • 1943 – Lou Piniella, American baseball player and manager
  • 1943 – David Soul, American actor and singer
  • 1943 – Jihad Al-Atrash, Lebanese actor and voice actor
  • 1944 – Marianne Heemskerk, Dutch swimmer
  • 1945 – Bob Segarini, American-Canadian singer-songwriter
  • 1947 – Emlyn Hughes, English footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1947 – Liza Wang, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • 1948 – Vonda N. McIntyre, American author
  • 1948 – Murray Parker, New Zealand cricketer and educator
  • 1948 – Heather Reisman, Canadian publisher and businesswoman
  • 1948 – Danny Seraphine, American drummer and producer
  • 1948 – Elizabeth Wilmshurst, English academic and jurist
  • 1949 – Hugh Cornwell, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1949 – Svetislav Pešić, Serbian basketball player and coach
  • 1950 – Ron Guidry, American baseball player and coach
  • 1950 – Tony Husband, English cartoonist
  • 1951 – Colin McAdam, Scottish footballer (d. 2013)
  • 1951 – Wayne Osmond, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1951 – Keiichi Suzuki, Japanese singer-songwriter
  • 1952 – Jacques Chagnon, Canadian educator and politician
  • 1952 – Rita Dove, American poet and essayist
  • 1952 – Wendelin Wiedeking, German businessman
  • 1953 – Ditmar Jakobs, German footballer
  • 1953 – Tõnu Kaljuste, Estonian conductor and journalist
  • 1954 – Katharine Abraham, American feminist economist
  • 1954 – George M. Church, American geneticist, chemist, and engineer
  • 1954 – John Dorahy, Australian rugby player and coach
  • 1954 – Ravi Kanbur, Indian-English economist and academic
  • 1956 – Luis Guzmán, Puerto Rican-American actor and producer
  • 1956 – Steve Whiteman, American singer-songwriter
  • 1957 – Greg Clark, English businessman and politician, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • 1957 – Ivo Josipović, Croatian lawyer, jurist, and politician, 3rd President of Croatia
  • 1957 – George Merrill, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
  • 1957 – Daniel Stern, American actor and director
  • 1957 – Ai Weiwei, Chinese sculptor and activist
  • 1958 – Scott Hamilton, American figure skater
  • 1959 – Brian Thompson, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1961 – Kim Appleby, English singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1961 – Cliff Benson, American football player
  • 1961 – Jennifer Coolidge, American actress
  • 1961 – Ian Pont, English cricketer and coach
  • 1962 – Paul Allen, English footballer
  • 1962 – Craig Anton, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1962 – David Fincher, American director and producer
  • 1963 – Regina Jacobs, American runner
  • 1963 – Maria Gheorghiu, Romanian folk singer-songwriter
  • 1964 – Lee Janzen, American golfer
  • 1964 – Kaj Leo Johannesen, Faroese footballer and politician, 12th Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
  • 1965 – Dan Crowley, Australian rugby player
  • 1965 – Sonia Kruger, Australian television host and actress
  • 1965 – Shania Twain, Canadian singer-songwriter
  • 1966 – Priya Dutt, Indian social worker and politician
  • 1967 – Jamie Osborne, English jockey and trainer
  • 1968 – Billy Boyd, Scottish actor and singer
  • 1969 – Jack Black, American actor and comedian
  • 1969 – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and Founder of Leanin.org
  • 1969 – Mary McCartney, English photographer and activist
  • 1969 – Jason Priestley, Canadian actor, director, and producer
  • 1969 – Pierre Turgeon, Canadian-American ice hockey player
  • 1970 – Melina Aslanidou, German-Greek singer-songwriter
  • 1970 – Rick Recht, American singer-songwriter
  • 1971 – Shane Andrews, American baseball player
  • 1971 – Todd Eldredge, American figure skater and coach
  • 1971 – Janet Evans, American swimmer
  • 1971 – Raúl Márquez, Mexican-American boxer and sportscaster
  • 1972 – Ravindu Shah, Kenyan cricketer
  • 1972 – Jay Witasick, American baseball player and coach
  • 1974 – Johan Andersson, Swedish game designer and programmer
  • 1974 – Takahito Eguchi, Japanese pianist and composer
  • 1974 – Carsten Jancker, German footballer and manager
  • 1975 – Jamie Cureton, English footballer
  • 1975 – Gareth Farrelly, Irish footballer and manager
  • 1975 – Hamish McLachlan, Australian television personality
  • 1975 – Royce Willis, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1976 – Federico Magallanes, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1978 – Jess Margera, American drummer
  • 1979 – Shaila Dúrcal, Spanish singer-songwriter
  • 1979 – Robert Hoyzer, German footballer and referee
  • 1979 – Kristen Hughes, Australian netball player
  • 1979 – Markus Pröll, German footballer
  • 1979 – Ruth Riley, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Antony Hämäläinen, Finnish singer-songwriter
  • 1980 – Jaakko Ojaniemi, Finnish decathlete
  • 1980 – Carly Pope, Canadian actress and producer
  • 1980 – Jonathan Reynolds, English lawyer and politician
  • 1981 – Matt Alrich, American lacrosse player
  • 1981 – Kezia Dugdale, Scottish politician
  • 1981 – Martin Erat, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1981 – Daniel Gygax, Swiss footballer
  • 1981 – Raphael Matos, Brazilian race car driver
  • 1981 – Jake Owen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1981 – Ahmed Talbi, Moroccan footballer
  • 1981 – Agata Wróbel, Polish weightlifter
  • 1982 – Anderson Silva de França, Brazilian footballer
  • 1982 – Kevin McNaughton, Scottish footballer
  • 1982 – Thiago Motta, Brazilian-Italian footballer
  • 1982 – LeAnn Rimes, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1983 – Ashley Hansen, Australian footballer
  • 1983 – Lasith Malinga, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1983 – Luke McAlister, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1983 – Lilli Schwarzkopf, German heptathlete
  • 1986 – Jeff Green, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Armie Hammer, American actor
  • 1986 – Tommy Hanson, American baseball player (d. 2015)
  • 1986 – Simon Mannering, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1986 – Gilad Shalit, Israeli soldier and hostage
  • 1986 – Florence Welch, English singer-songwriter
  • 1987 – Caleb Moore, American snowmobile racer (d. 2013)
  • 1989 – César Azpilicueta, Spanish footballer
  • 1989 – Valtteri Bottas, Finnish race car driver
  • 1989 – Jo Kwon, South Korean singer and dancer
  • 1989 – Cassadee Pope, American singer-songwriter
  • 1990 – Bojan Krkić, Spanish footballer
  • 1991 – Felicio Brown Forbes, German footballer
  • 1992 – Gabriela Drăgoi, Romanian gymnast
  • 1992 – Bismack Biyombo, Congolese basketball player
  • 1992 – Max Collins, American-Filipino actress and model
  • 1993 – Jakub Sokolík, Czech footballer
  • 1994 – Bobby Andonov, Australian singer
  • 1994 – Manon Arcangioli, French tennis player
  • 1994 – Junior Malanda, Belgian footballer (d. 2015)
  • 2003 – Quvenzhané Wallis, American actress

 

 

 

  • Deaths on August 28
  • 388 – Magnus Maximus, Roman emperor (b. 335)
  • 430 – Augustine of Hippo, Algerian bishop, theologian, and saint (b. 354)
  • 476 – Orestes, Roman general and politician
  • 632 – Fatimah, daughter of Muhammad (b. 605)
  • 770 – Empress Kōken of Japan (b. 718)
  • 876 – Louis the German, Frankish king (b. 804)
  • 1149 – Mu’in ad-Din Unur, regent of Damascus
  • 1341 – King Levon IV of Armenia (murdered) (b. 1309)
  • 1406 – John de Sutton V (b. 1380)
  • 1481 – Afonso V of Portugal (b. 1432)
  • 1645 – Hugo Grotius, Dutch playwright, philosopher, and jurist (b. 1583)
  • 1648 – George Lisle, English general (b. 1610)
  • 1648 – Charles Lucas, English general (b. 1613)
  • 1654 – Axel Oxenstierna, Swedish lawyer and politician, Lord High Chancellor of Sweden (b. 1583)
  • 1678 – John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton, English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1602)
  • 1735 – Edwin Stead, English landowner and cricketer (b. 1701)
  • 1757 – David Hartley, English psychologist and philosopher (b. 1705)
  • 1784 – Junípero Serra, Spanish priest and missionary (b. 1713)
  • 1793 – Adam Philippe, Comte de Custine, French general (b. 1740)
  • 1805 – Alexander Carlyle, Scottish church leader and author (b. 1722)
  • 1818 – Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, American fur trader, founded Chicago (b. 1750)
  • 1820 – Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor and urban planner (b. 1754)
  • 1839 – William Smith, English geologist and engineer (b. 1769)
  • 1888 – Julius Krohn, Finnish poet and journalist (b. 1835)
  • 1891 – Robert Caldwell, English missionary and linguist (b. 1814)
  • 1900 – Henry Sidgwick, English economist and philosopher (b. 1838)
  • 1903 – Frederick Law Olmsted, American journalist and architect, co-designed Central Park (b. 1822)
  • 1919 – Adolf Schmal, Austrian fencer and cyclist (b. 1872)
  • 1934 – Edgeworth David, Welsh-Australian geologist and explorer (b. 1858)
  • 1943 – Georg Hellat, Estonian architect (b. 1870)
  • 1943 – Boris III of Bulgaria (b. 1894)
  • 1955 – Emmett Till, American murder victim (b. 1941)
  • 1959 – Bohuslav Martinů, Czech-American composer and educator (b. 1890)
  • 1965 – Giulio Racah, Italian-Israeli physicist and mathematician (b. 1909)
  • 1968 – Dimitris Pikionis, Greek architect and academic (b. 1887)
  • 1971 – Reuvein Margolies, Israeli author and scholar (b. 1889)
  • 1972 – Prince William of Gloucester (b. 1941)
  • 1975 – Fritz Wotruba, Austrian sculptor (b. 1907)
  • 1978 – Bruce Catton, American historian and journalist (b. 1899)
  • 1978 – Robert Shaw, English actor (b. 1927)
  • 1981 – Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer, coach, and manager (b. 1900)
  • 1982 – Geoff Chubb, South African cricketer (b. 1911)
  • 1984 – Muhammad Naguib, Egyptian general and politician, 1st President of Egypt (b. 1901)
  • 1985 – Ruth Gordon, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1896)
  • 1986 – Russell Lee, American photographer and journalist (b. 1903)
  • 1987 – John Huston, Irish actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1906)
  • 1988 – Jean Marchand, Canadian union leader and politician, 43rd Secretary of State for Canada (b. 1918)
  • 1988 – Max Shulman, American author and screenwriter (b. 1919)
  • 1989 – John Steptoe, American author and illustrator (b. 1950)
  • 1990 – Willy Vandersteen, Belgian author and illustrator (b. 1913)
  • 1991 – Alekos Sakellarios, Greek director and screenwriter (b. 1913)
  • 1993 – William Stafford, American poet and academic (b. 1914)
  • 1995 – Earl W. Bascom, American rodeo performer and painter (b. 1906)
  • 1995 – Michael Ende, German scientist and author (b. 1929)
  • 1995 – Carl Giles, English cartoonist (b. 1916)
  • 2005 – Jacques Dufilho, French actor (b. 1914)
  • 2005 – Esther Szekeres, Hungarian-Australian mathematician and academic (b. 1910)
  • 2005 – George Szekeres, Hungarian-Australian mathematician and academic (b. 1911)
  • 2006 – Heino Lipp, Estonian shot putter and discus thrower (b. 1922)
  • 2006 – Benoît Sauvageau, Canadian educator and politician (b. 1963)
  • 2006 – Melvin Schwartz, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1932)
  • 2007 – Arthur Jones, American businessman, founded Nautilus, Inc. and MedX Corporation (b. 1926)
  • 2007 – Hilly Kristal, American businessman, founded CBGB (b. 1932)
  • 2007 – Paul MacCready, American engineer and businessman, founded AeroVironment (b. 1925)
  • 2007 – Francisco Umbral, Spanish journalist and author (b. 1935)
  • 2007 – Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese-American actress (b. 1929)
  • 2008 – Phil Hill, American race car driver (b. 1927)
  • 2009 – Adam Goldstein, American drummer, DJ, and producer (b. 1973)
  • 2010 – William P. Foster, American bandleader and educator (b. 1919)
  • 2011 – Bernie Gallacher, English footballer (b. 1967)
  • 2012 – Rhodes Boyson, English educator and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Shulamith Firestone, Canadian-American activist and author (b. 1945)
  • 2012 – Dick McBride, American author, poet, and playwright (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – Saul Merin, Polish-Israeli ophthalmologist and academic (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Ramón Sota, Spanish golfer (b. 1938)
  • 2013 – John Bellany, Scottish painter and academic (b. 1942)
  • 2013 – Lorella Cedroni, Italian political scientist and philosopher (b. 1961)
  • 2013 – Edmund B. Fitzgerald, American businessman (b. 1926)
  • 2013 – Frank Pulli, American baseball player and umpire (b. 1935)
  • 2013 – Barry Stobart, English footballer (b. 1938)
  • 2013 – Rafael Díaz Ycaza, Ecuadorian journalist, author, and poet (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Glenn Cornick, English bass guitarist (b. 1947)
  • 2014 – Hal Finney, American cryptographer and programmer (b. 1956)
  • 2014 – John Anthony Walker, American soldier and spy (b. 1937)
  • 2015 – Al Arbour, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (b. 1932)
  • 2015 – Mark Krasniqi, Kosovan ethnographer, poet, and translator (b. 1920)
  • 2015 – Nelson Shanks, American painter and educator (b. 1937)
  • 2016 – Juan Gabriel, Mexican singer and songwriter (b. 1950)
  • 2016 – Mr. Fuji, American professional wrestler and manager (b. 1934)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Holidays and observances on August 28
  • Christian feast day:
    • Augustine of Hippo
    • Hermes
    • Moses the Black
    • August 28 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Earliest day on which Emancipation Day can fall, while August 3 is the latest; celebrated on Thursday before the first Monday in August (Bermuda)
  • Feast of the Mother of God (Eastern Orthodox Church, a public holiday in the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, and Georgia)
  • National Grandparents Day (Mexico)

 

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