August 28: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on August 28 throughout history. The 240th day of the Gregorian calendar is August 28. Ferdinand II was elected Holy Roman Emperor, Scientific American published its inaugural issue, and Toyota Motors became an independent corporation on this day.

The 28th of August falls under the sign of Virgo. Jack Black, Shania Twain, and Armie Hammer all have famous birthdays. The 28th of August is also National Red Wine Day.


Happy Birthday! (August 28, 1749)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German novelist, poet, playwright, and diplomat. photo source:


(August 28, 1952)
Rita Dove was born in Akron, Ohio. She was poet laureate of the United States (1993–1995) and winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Thomas and Beulah (1986).

(August 28, 1963)
On this day in 1963, over 200,000 people marched on Washington, D.C., an event that became a turning point in the civil rights movement, especially because of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

(August 28, 1993)
During its approach of asteroid 243 Ida, NASA's Galileo spacecraft relays images back to Earth. A photograph taken during the flyby subsequently reveals the first known asteroid moon, and astronomers give it the name Dactyl. photo source:

(August 28, 2020)
Chadwick Boseman, an American actor best known for his appearances in films such as Black Panther (2018), died of colon cancer at the age of 43. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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