August 28, 1609 ... English sea explorer Henry Hudson reached present-day Delaware Bay.
August 28, 1619 ... Ferdinand II was elected Holy Roman Emperor. His policy of "One church, one king" was his way of trying to outlaw Protestantism.
August 28, 1774 ... St. Elizabeth was born in New York City. She went on to found the first Catholic school.
August 28, 1828 ... Novelist Leo Tolstoy was born near Tula, Russia.
August 28, 1833 ... Slavery was banned by the British Parliament throughout the British empire.
August 28, 1869 ... 3 leave Powell's Grand Canyon expedition.
August 28, 1877 ... Charles S. Rolls was born. Motorist, aviator, and co-founder with Henry Royce of the Rolls-Royce Ltd luxury automobile company.
August 28, 1907 ... the "American Messenger Company" was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. T
August 28, 1922 ... the first radio commercial aired, on WEAF in New York City.
August 28, 1963 ... Martin Luther King, Jr speaks to about 250,000 people attending the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
He told the hushed crowd, "Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettoes of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair." Continuing, he began the refrain that made the speech one of the best known in U.S. history, second only to Lincoln's 1863 "Gettysburg Address". "I HAVE A DREAM" ...
August 28, 1963 ... Mahalia Jackson, the Queen of Gospel, puts her stamp on the March on Washington.
August 28, 1987 ... John Huston dies of pneumonia at the age of 81.
August 28, 1996 ... Prince Charles and Princess Dianna divorce
August 28, 2005 ... New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered everyone in the city to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Katrina.
Today's birthdays ---
LeAnn Rimes (country singer) 30
Ken Jenkins (actor, "Scrubs) 72
David Soul (actor, "Starsky and Hutch") 69
Scott Hamilton (figure skater) 54
Shania Twain (country singer) 47
Jack Black (actor) 43