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 241st day of the year, and have 125 days remaining in 2024.

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 fun & interesting facts about August 28th in history!


What memorable events happened on August 28 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Greta Gerwig’s Barbie became Warner Bros. highest-grossing film of all time with $1.34 billion in revenue.


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 significant disruption to transport services, and supplies weren’t fully restored for up to two hours.


Tokyo celebrated the country’s first LGBTQ+ pride parade.

OTD in 1994: Tokyo celebrated the country's first LGBTQ+ 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.


Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

The speech was delivered at the end of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a demonstration that advocated for equal civil and economic rights for African Americans.


Toyota Motor Corporation was founded after operating as a division of Toyoda Automatic Looms for six years.


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

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


The Slave Abolition Act was passed 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.

This was just one of the battles between the two nations that had 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 Births

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.


Jack Black



Jack Black


54 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Shania Twain



Shania Twain


58 years old

Born In:

Ontario, Canada


Florence Welch



Florence Welch


37 years old

Born In:

England, UK


Jennifer Coolidge



Jennifer Coolidge


62 years old

Born In:

Massachusetts, USA


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.

Martin Luther King Jr.

American Minister


The more one thinks the more one feels the hopeless immensity of man’s ignorance.


When we hear news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.



French Writer

Special Holidays

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

It’s time to mix things up a little and take a walk on the classier side of life. Forgo your tie today and opt instead for the ever-elegant bow tie. Don’t worry if you’re not usually a tie wearer, for true participants of Bow Tie Day will wear a bow tie with any sort of top, even with a tank top!

August 28: Crackers Over the Keyboard Day
United States

Crackers Over the Keyboard Day

Today we celebrate a highly controversial holiday hated by IT workers worldwide. What you do is get yourself a bowl of your favorite crackers or snacks and take them to your computer. All that’s left is to munch away at them, at your desk, over your keyboard, and embrace the chaos!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

President Ulysses S. Grant was arrested while in office. He was charged, booked, and released for speeding on a horse and had to pay a fine.

Birthday & Zodiac

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.

The due date for a baby conceived on this day is around May 21st, 2025.

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