August 28 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

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Events on August 28

1850 Franz Liszt conducts the first performance of Lohengrin by his friend Richard Wagner, who has fled Germany to escape arrest for his role in the Dresden uprising.

1850 The Channel telegraph cable is finally laid between Dover and Cap Gris Nez.

1862 Garibaldi’s army landed at Calabria in their march to Rome.

1967 Death of Charles Darrow, American inventor of the board game Monopoly.

1988 Death of American film director John Huston whose films include The Maltese Falcon.

Famous Birthdays on August 28

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749, German poet, novelist, playwright and founder of modern German literature who led the Romantic Sturm and Drang movement.

Count Leo Tolstoy 1828, Russian author of novels such as War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

Peter Fraser 1884, Scottish-born New Zealand prime minister 1940-49.

Charles Boyer 1899, French actor who played romantic roles in international films and gained a reputation as the screen’s “great lover”.

Sir Godfrey Hounsfield 1919. British inventor of the EMI medical scanner and winner of the Nobel Prize for Psychology in 1979.

Lindsay Hasset 1913, Australian cricket captain.

Donald O’Connor 1925, American actor and dancer who co-starred in musicals such Singin’ In The Rain before concentrating on composing and on conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

David Soul 1944, American actor and singer who co-starred with Paul Michael Glazer in the television series “Starsky and Hutch” and had a hit with “Don’t Give Up On Us”.

Emlyn Hughes 1947, English football player who captained Liverpool and England.

Historical News on August 28

Coe's Golden Age of the Mile

Sebastian Coe's Golden Age of the Mile on august 28
Sebastian Coe's Golden Age of the Mile

1981 Sebastian Coe proved last night that he is presiding over a golden age in middle-distance running.

In the aptly named Golden Mile at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Coe regained the world record he had lost only two days ago to his great rival Steve Ovett.

Seb slashed Ovett’s time by 1.07 seconds, completing the four-lap race in an incredible 3 minutes 47,33 seconds.

This has been a breathtaking month for Coe, who has twice broken the world mile record within the last ten days.

On August 19 in Zurich he pipped Ovett’s year-old mile record by 27 one-hundredths of a second.

Dream Sequence

1963 The eloquence for which civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jnr has become renowned reached new heights today.

The occasion was the interracial march on Washington, a peaceful demonstration by 2,00,000 people committed to the civil rights cause.

Standing by the Lincoln Memorial, King gave his vision for America.

“I still have a dream. It is a dream chiefly rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

Thumbs Down For The Challenge of Steam

Thumbs down for the challenge of steam on August 28
Thumbs down for the challenge of steam

1830 Inventor Peter Cooper’s latest creation, a steam-driven locomotive called Tom Thumb, was today outstripped by the oldest kind of traction in the world – horsepower.

Since its inception three years ago the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad has relied on horse traction.

Now it is looking to the future. On today’s showing, though, the horse looks to be the more reliable of the two.

After racing neck-and-neck for much of the race, the belt slipped from the loco’s drum, the steam pressure dropped and the contraption slowed down.

Cooper is sure that the technical hitch which handicapped Tom Thumb’s performance today can be overcome.

Race watchers agree that Tom Thumb completed the race looking fresher than the horse.

Charles and Diana Divorce

1996 Today Britain’s most infamous marriage came to an end with the divorce of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The marriage lasted 15 years and bore the couple two sons, William and Harry, but finally broke down due to “irreconcilable differences”. Both the Prince and the Princess have publicly admitted to adultery.

The Princess is said to have received a settlement of around £17 million but she will no longer be able to use her HRH title.

This is another blow to the Royal family and comes just four months after the divorce of Prince Charles’ brother Andrew.

The Duke and Duchess of York parted on good terms for the sake of their two young daughters, but the same cannot be said for the Prince and Princess of Wales.

1988 Three jet planes belonging to an Italian Air Force aerobatics display team collided today killing 33 people.

The aircraft were performing a complicated manoeuvre during their display to a crowd of 3,00,000 at the US Air Force base at Ramstein in Germany.

The West German government is contemplating banning further air displays on its soil.

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