35 fun facts for August, 28

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
August 28 is a day packed with historical events and milestones. From Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech to the birth of noteworthy individuals like Elon Musk and Ingrid Bergman, the day serves as a reminder of the many advancements, accomplishments, and cultural shifts that have occurred throughout history.
35 Fun facts
  1. August 28th is National Bow Tie Day in the United States, a day celebrating the fashionable accessory that dates back to the 17th century when Croatian mercenaries used them to hold their shirt collars in place.
  2. Saint Augustine of Hippo, a significant figure in the development of Christianity, died on August 28, 430 AD. Known for his influential Christian theological works, Saint Augustine served as the Bishop of Hippo in Roman North Africa.
  3. On August 28, 1955, African American teenager Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi, marking a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement. Till's open-casket funeral, and the subsequent trial for his murder, helped to initiate a national outcry against racial injustice.
  4. August 28, 1830 saw the first steam-powered locomotive in the United States, Tom Thumb, race a horse-drawn carriage in Baltimore. Tom Thumb ultimately lost the race due to mechanical failure, but its performance demonstrated the potential of steam-powered transportation.
  5. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The speech, delivered to over 250,000 people, called for an end to racism and inequality in America.
  6. The Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain was officially signed on August 28, 1898, establishing the First Philippine Republic with the formal transfer of power between Spanish and Filipino authorities.
  7. August 28, 1916 marks the adoption of Romania's national anthem, "Deșteaptă-te, române!" meaning "Awaken thee, Romanian!" Written by Andrei Mureșanu, the anthem was first sung during the 1848 Romanian Revolution.
  8. Actress and style icon Marlee Matlin was born on August 28, 1965. She is known for her role in the movie Children of a Lesser God, making her the only deaf actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actress.
  9. August 28, 1932 saw the creation of the first RM, the "RM1" Magic Cube by Hungarian architecture professor Ernő Rubik, marking the creation of what would later become the famous Rubik's Cube.
  10. Country singer Shania Twain was born on August 28, 1965. Twain is a five-time Grammy Award winner and one of the best-selling musicians in history, with over 100 million records sold worldwide.
  11. The first Radio Disney broadcast occurred on August 28, 1996, providing family-friendly music and programming aimed at children and teenagers.
  12. A solar eclipse occurred on August 28, 1666, visible across much of Europe and North Africa. The eclipse's path of totality crossed through central England, Germany, and Russia.
  13. On August 28, 1749, German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born. Goethe is best known for his work "Faust," often considered one of the greatest works in German literature.
  14. Entrepreneur, inventor, and philanthropist Elon Musk was born on August 28, 1971. Musk is the CEO and lead designer of SpaceX and Tesla, Inc. and has profoundly shaped the business and technology sectors.
  15. Thomas Edison received a patent for his invention of the Kinetoscope on August 28, 1897. The Kinetoscope was an early motion picture exhibition device, setting the stage for the modern film industry.
  16. August 28, 1988 saw Canada's Princess of Pop Avril Lavigne make her stage debut at the age of 12, singing alongside Canadian music icon Shania Twain.
  17. Charles and Diana, the Prince and Princess of Wales, got legally divorced on August 28, 1996, marking the official end to their tumultuous marriage.
  18. August 28, 1907 marks the founding of United Parcel Service (UPS) in Seattle, Washington by James E. Casey. UPS has since grown to be one of the largest logistics and package delivery companies in the world.
  19. Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman was born on August 28, 1915, and is best known for her roles in iconic films such as Casablanca, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and Anastasia.
  20. Baseball legend Roy Campanella, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, was born on August 28, 1921. Campanella played most of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers and was a three-time Most Valuable Player.
  21. August 28, 1981 saw the release of the legendary horror film An American Werewolf in London. The film earned an Academy Award for Best Makeup, which at that time was a brand-new category.
  22. On August 28, 1789, Sir William Herschel discovered Saturn's moon Enceladus, making it the sixth known moon of the planet.
  23. August 28, 1959 saw the opening of the first Little League World Series, an annual baseball tournament held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania for youth baseball teams from around the world.
  24. On August 28, 1916, the first woman in the United States was granted a pilot's license. Katherine Stinson became the fourth certified female pilot in the world.
  25. George Washington's Farewell Address was published on August 28, 1796. The famous speech warned against the dangers of political parties and foreign alliances.
  26. The Ford Motor Company produced its 1-millionth Model T car on August 28, 1916. The Model T helped transform the automobile from a luxury item into a practical means of transportation that was affordable to the masses.
  27. August 28, 1928, marked the First Olympic Games held in Beijing, China, the first time the Games were held in Asia.
  28. French actress and singer Brigitte Bardot made her screen debut on August 28, 1952. Bardot went on to become a major sex symbol and pop culture icon of the 1950s and 1960s.
  29. Louvre-Lens, a satellite of the Louvre Museum, opened in the northeastern French city of Lens on August 28, 2012.
  30. Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice, was confirmed by the Senate on August 28, 1967.
  31. Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs announced that he would step down as CEO on August 28, 2011, after being diagnosed with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.
  32. On August 28, 2004, the Olympic Games returned to their ancient origins in Athens, Greece, in a thrilling ceremony that featured a high-tech interpretation of Greek culture, from antiquity to modern times.
  33. Filming began on the classic film Gone with the Wind on August 28, 1938. The movie became one of the most successful and revered films in cinema history.
  34. On August 28, 2005, the first A380, a wide-body commercial airplane, was unveiled in France. The A380 is the world's largest passenger airplane, with a seating capacity up to 853 passengers.
  35. August 28, 2009 marked the release of Disney's The Princess and the Frog, the studio's first traditional hand-drawn animated feature in over five years.