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On This Day — August 28th

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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.

Events

1619 – Ferdinand II, the King of Bohemia and Hungary, was unanimously elected as Holy Roman Emperor.

1833 – The Slavery Abolition Act 1833, officially abolishing slavery in most of the British Empire, received royal assent.

1909 – A military coup d’etat against the government of Dimitrios Rallis began in the Goudi neighbourhood of Athens, Greece.

1955 – African-American teenager Emmett Till was murdered near Money, Mississippi, for allegedly flirting with a white woman, energizing the nascent American civil rights movement.

1993 – The asteroid 243 Ida became the first found to have a moon when it was visited by NASA’s Galileo probe.

Celebrity Birthdays

David Fincher turns 56

Shania Twain turns 53

Jack Black turns 49

LeAnn Rimes turns 36

Armie Hammer turns 32

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