Today in History

Today is Sunday, August 28, the 240th day of 2022. There are 125 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On August 28, 1955, Emmett Till, a black Chicago teenager, was abducted from his uncle’s home in Money, Mississippi, by two white men after allegedly whistling a white woman; he was found brutally killed three days later.

To this date :

In 1862, the Second Battle of Bull Run (also known as the Second Manassas) began in Prince William County, Virginia during the Civil War; the result was a Confederate victory.

In 1922, the very first radio advertisement aired on station WEAF in New York; the 10-minute commercial was for the Queensboro Realty Co., which had paid a $100 fee.

In 1941, Japanese Ambassador to the United States Kichisaburo Nomura presented a note to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from Japanese Prime Minister Prince Fumimaro Konoye expressing a desire to improve relations.

In 1963, more than 200,000 people listened to the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

In 1968, police and anti-war protesters clashed on the streets of Chicago when the Democratic National Convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president.

In 1988, 70 people were killed when three Italian aerobatic planes collided during an air show at Ramstein US Air Base (RAHM’-shtyn) in West Germany.

In 1996, the troubled 15-year marriage of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially ended with the issuance of a divorce decree.

In 2005, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (NAY’-gin) ordered all city residents to evacuate after Hurricane Katrina turned into a monstrous storm.

In 2013, a military jury sentenced Major Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead. On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, President Barack Obama followed the same steps in challenging new generations to embrace the cause of racial equality.

In 2016, six scientists performed a year-long simulation of Mars in Hawaii, where they emerged after living in a nearly isolated dome on a mountain in Mauna Loa.

In 2018, a white former police officer, Roy Oliver, was convicted of murder for fatally shooting a 15-year-old black boy, Jordan Edwards, while shooting into a car full of teenagers in suburban Dallas; Oliver was sentenced the following day to 15 years in prison.

In 2020, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said he was stepping down because a chronic illness had resurfaced. (Abe was succeeded by his right-hand man, Yoshihide Suga. Abe was assassinated in July 2022.)

Ten years ago: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential nomination at a storm-delayed national convention in Tampa, Florida. Hurricane Isaac slammed into Louisiana’s south coast, raising floodwaters and unleashing high winds, as residents cowered behind closed windows.

Five years ago: Floodwaters hit the rooftops of one-story homes as Hurricane Harvey dumped rain on the Houston area for a fourth straight day; thousands of people had been saved from the floods. The Navy said divers found the remains of the 10 sailors missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore nearly a week earlier.

A year ago: Taliban forces closed Kabul’s airport to most Afghans in hopes of evacuation, as the United States and its allies prepared to end a chaotic airlift. In the aftermath of a suicide bombing that killed dozens of Afghans and 13 American soldiers at Kabul airport, President Joe Biden warned that another attack was “very likely”; the State Department has issued a new security alert asking people to leave the airport area immediately. In retaliation for the suicide bombing, the US military said it used a drone strike to kill two “planners and enablers” of the Islamic State group’s Afghan affiliate.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Sonny Shroyer turns 87. Actor Marla Adams is 84 years old. Actor Ken Jenkins is 82 years old. Former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen is 82 years old. Actor David Soul is 79 years old. Former MLB manager and player Lou Piniella (pihn-EHL’- uh) is 79 years old. Actress Barbara Bach is 76 years old. Actor Debra Mooney is 75 years old. Singer Wayne Osmond (The Osmonds) is 71. Actor Daniel Stern is 65 years old. Olympic gold medalist figure skater Scott Hamilton is 64 years old. Actor John Allen Nelson is 63 years old. Actor Emma Samms is 62 years old. Actor Jennifer Coolidge is 61 years old. Director David Fincher is 60 years old. Actor Amanda Tapping is 57 years old. Country singer Shania (shah-NY’-uh) Twain is 57. Actor Billy Boyd is 54 years old. Actor Jack Black is 53. Actor Jason Priestley is 53. Actor Daniel Goddard (TV: “The Young and the Restless”) is 51 years old. Olympic swimmer Janet Evans is 51. Actor J. August Richards is 49 years old. Singer-rock musician Max Collins (Eve 6) is 44 years old. Actor Carly Pope is 42 years old. Country singer Jake Owen is 41 years old. Country singer LeAnn Rimes is 40 years old. Actor Kelly Thiebaud is 40 years old. Actor Alfonso Herrera is 39 years old. Actress Sarah Roemer is 38 years old. Actor Armie Hammer is 36 years old. Rock singer Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) is 36 years old. Actress Shalita Grant is 34 years old. Country-pop singer Cassadee Pope (TV: “The Voice”) is 33. Actor Katie Findlay is 32 years old. Actor/singer Samuel Larsen is 31 years old. Actor Kyle Massey is 31 years old. Actor Quvenzhane (kwuh-VEHN’-zhah-nay) Wallis is 19 years old. “, at 17 years old.

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