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August 28: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 28

August 28th celebrates Bow Tie Day and Crackers Over the Keyboard Day.

We’re now on the 240th day of the year, and have 125 days left.

If today is a special day for you, then you should know that it’s also been a special day in history too! Here we’re going to look at some facts and historical events that all happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1994, Tokyo celebrated the country’s first gay pride parade? While the march paved the way for future similar events, they weren’t named “Pride parades” until over a decade later.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 28th in history!

What Events Happened On August 28 In History?


Nature magazine published findings of a 3.8-million-year-old skull found in Ethiopia, which questioned our previous theories of human evolution.

OTD in 2019: Nature magazine published findings of a 3.8-million-year-old skull found in Ethiopia

Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was laid to rest in Detroit as thousands turned up to pay tributes.


Matt Vogel became the new voice for Kermit the Frog.

Vogel replaced American puppeteer, Steve Whitmore, who voiced Kermit for 27 years.

Half a million people in South East England were left without electricity.

The blackout caused major disruption to transport services and supplies weren't fully restored for up to two hours.

Tokyo celebrated the country’s first gay pride parade.

OTD in 1994: Tokyo celebrated the country's first gay pride parade.

An F5 max rating tornado smashed through Plainfield, Illinois, killing 29 people, injuring 353 and causing $165 million in damages.


Sandwich restaurant Subway was founded in Bridgeport, Connecticut, US.


Caleb Bradham’s beverage “Brad’s Drink” was renamed “Pepsi-Cola.”

It was renamed this due to two of the ingredients used in the recipe, pepsin and kola nuts.

The Slave Abolition Act was passed on this day and came into effect the following year on August 1.

It stated, "An Act for the Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Colonies; for promoting the Industry of the manumitted Slaves; and for compensating the Persons hitherto entitled to the Services of such Slaves."

Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, was discovered by William Herschel.

OTD in 1789: Saturn's moon

British explorer Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay.


The Battle of Wofla between the Turkish and Portuguese occurred on this day.

This was just one of the battles between the two nations that fought for nearly two decades. It was significant because the Portuguese leader Christovão da Gama was captured and beheaded by the Turkish leader Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi.

Famous Quotes Said On August 28th

Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on this day.


“I have a dream.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

August 28 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

For those of you who were born on August 28, your star sign is Virgo.

Virgos are kind, gentle, supportive, and always like to help people. They use their intellect and resourcefulness to solve complex problems.

People born during August have the Peridot birthstone. The light green peridot gemstone is believed to bring strength, fame, and prosperity. Egyptians called it the “gem of the Sun” and thought that the periodt held unique healing powers.

For people born on Aug 28, your estimated date of conception falls on December 5 in the previous year.

If today is your birthday, you have this in common with Jack Black. Find out more about what famous people were born on this day.

Famous People Born On August 28

Florence Welch

Florence Welch

English Singer
Birthday: August 28, 1986
Age: 35 years old
Born In: London, United Kingdom
Jack Black

Jack Black

American Actor
Birthday: August 28, 1969
Age: 52 years old
Born In: California, USA

Special Holidays On August 28th

Are you looking for something to do today? Then why not find time today to celebrate the following special holidays.

August 28: National Bow Tie Day

National Bow Tie Day

August 28: Crackers Over the Keyboard Day

Crackers Over the Keyboard Day

Did you know that on this day, August 28th 1994, Tokyo celebrated the country's first gay pride parade?