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On August 28th, 1963, 200-thousand
people participated in a peaceful civil rights
rally in Washington DC, where Dr.
Martin Luther King Junior delivered his "I Have
a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln
In 1609, Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay.
In 1749, German
author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in
In 1916, Italy's
declaration of war against Germany took effect
during World War One.
In 1922, the
first-ever radio commercial aired on station WEAF
in New York City (the ten-minute advertisement
was for the Queensboro Realty Company, which had
paid a fee of $100).
In 1947, legendary
bullfighter Manolete was mortally wounded by a
bull during a fight in Linares, Spain; he died
the following day at age 30.
In 1955, Emmett
Till, a black teen-ager from Chicago, was
abducted from his uncle's home in Money,
Mississippi, by two white men after he had
supposedly whistled at a white woman; he was
found brutally murdered three days later.
In 1968, police
and anti-war demonstrators clashed in the streets
of Chicago as the Democratic national convention
nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president.
In 1973, more than
520 people died as an earthquake shook central
In 1981, John W.
Hinckley Junior pleaded innocent to charges of
attempting to kill President Reagan (he was later
acquitted by reason of insanity).
In 1996, the
troubled 15-year marriage of Britain's Prince
Charles and Princess Diana officially ended with
the issuing of a divorce decree.
Ten years ago:
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, saying he
sympathized with his foreign captives, pledged to
free detained women and children.
Five years ago:
Chase Manhattan and Chemical Banking announced a
$10 billion deal to create the biggest bank in
the nation. A mortar shell tore through a crowded
market in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, killing
38 people and triggering NATO airstrikes against
the Bosnian Serbs. California Governor Pete
Wilson formally entered the GOP presidential
One year ago:
Three crewmen aboard the "Mir" space
station returned safely to Earth after bidding
farewell to the 13-year-old Russian orbiter. (The
Russian government had planned to abandon Mir
this year because of a shortage of funds, but has
since extended its mission.)
"Whom the gods would
make bigots, they first deprive of humor."
The Rev. James M. Gillis, Roman Catholic author,
editor and broadcaster (1876-1957).