|Posted: August 28, 2006, 11:28 am - IP Logged|
Today is Monday, Aug. 28, the 240th day of 2006 with 125 to
follow. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Saturn,
Mercury, Venus and Uranus. The evening stars are Neptune,
Mars, Jupiter and Pluto.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo include:
German poet, novelist and dramatist Johann von Goethe in 1749;
Elizabeth Ann Seton, first U.S.-born saint of the Roman
Catholic Church, in 1774;
actor Charles Boyer in 1899;
psychologist Bruno Bettelheim in 1903;
actor/dancer Donald O'Connor in 1925;
actor Ben Gazzara in 1930 (age 76);
former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen in 1940 (age 66);
singer/actor David Soul in 1943 (age 63);
actor Daniel Stern in 1957 (age 49);
ice skater Scott Hamilton in 1958 (age 48);
actors Emma Samms in 1960 (age 46)
and Jason Priestley in 1969 (age 37);
and country singers Shania Twain in 1965 (age 41)
and LeAnn Rimes in 1982 (age 24).
On this date in history:
In 1922, a New York City realty company paid $100 for the
first radio commercial, on station WEAF.
In 1955, while visiting family in Money, Miss., 14-year-old
Emmett Till, an African-American from Chicago, was slain
for flirting with a white woman four days earlier. His
alleged killers later were acquitted.
In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I have
a dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before
more than 200,000 people gathered for the "Freedom March" in
In 1968, the Democratic Party nominated Hubert Humphrey for
president as thousands of anti-Vietnam war demonstrators
battled police in the streets and parks of Chicago.
In 1986, Soviet spy Jerry Whitworth was sentenced in San
Francisco to 365 years in prison and fined $410,000.
In 1988, more than 50 people were killed in the Philippines
in an unsuccessful coup attempt against President Corazon
In 1990, at least 27 people died and more than 350 were
injured when a tornado struck Will County, Ill., southwest
Also in 1990, the fourth and fifth college student victims
of an apparent serial killer were found near the University
of Florida at Gainesville.
In 1992, federal relief got under way for the South Florida
victims of Hurricane Andrew with the arrival giant C-5A
military transport at devastated Homestead Air Force Base.
In 1996, after four years of separation, Charles, Prince of
Wales and heir to the British throne, and his wife, Princess
Diana, were formally divorced.
In 1997, Proposition 209, California's controversial
anti-affirmative action measure approved by the state's
voters a year earlier, officially took effect.
In 2002, four men, three of them working at the airport,
were indicted in Detroit as suspected terrorists. Another
man, suspected of trying to set up a terrorist training camp
in Oregon, was indicted in Seattle.
In 2003, North Korea said it would prove it had nuclear
weapons by conducting a nuclear test. The warning came at
the conclusion of talks in Beijing with other nations over
North Korea's weapons program.
In 2004, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell canceled
plans to attend closing ceremonies at the Summer Olympics
in Athens after protests against U.S. foreign policy.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina picked up strength as it roared
toward the Gulf Coast, reaching the fearsome Category 5
category for a time, with winds of almost 150 miles an
hour, touching off one of the largest evacuations in U.S.
history. The mayor of New Orleans issued a mandatory
evacuation order for his city while fleeing residents
clogged highways in other parts of Louisiana and in
Mississippi and Alabama.