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On This Day — August 28

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August 28th is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 125 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Wednesday or Thursday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Saturday (56).

On this day in history:

1789 – With the first use of his new 1.2 m (3.9 ft) telescope, then the largest in the world, William Herschel discovered a new moon of Saturn, which was later named Enceladus.

1830 – Tom Thumb, the first American-built steam locomotive, engaged in an impromptu race against a horse-drawn car in Maryland.

1914 – In the first naval battle of the First World War, British ships ambushed a German naval patrol in the Heligoland Bight area of the North Sea.

1924 – An unsuccessful insurrection against Soviet rule in the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, known as the August Uprising, began.

1963 – During a large political rally in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, describing his desire for a future where blacks and whites would coexist harmoniously as equals.

Celebrity Birthdays:

American Pie Actress Jennifer Coolidge turns 56

Movie Director David Fincher turns 55

Singer Shania Twain turns 52

Comedic Actor Jack Black turns 48

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes turns 35

The Lone Ranger Actor Armie Hammer turns 31

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