It happened today – this day in history – August 28

1189: Crusaders begin the Siege of Acre under Guy of Lusignan.

1521: Belgrade is captured by troops of Turkish Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent.

1609: Explorer Henry Hudson discovers and explores Delaware Bay.

1640: Charles I’s army loses to a Scottish Covenanter force at the Battle of Newburn.

1749: Birth of writer and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in Frankfurt.

1789: William Herschel discovers Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

1837: Pharmacists John Lea and William Perrins manufacture Worcestershire Sauce.

1850: Richard Wagner’s opera “Lohengrin” premieres at Weimar, Germany.

1859:A geomagnetic storm causes the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) to shine so brightly that it is seen clearly over parts of USA, Europe, and even as far afield as Japan.

1884: The first known photograph of a tornado is taken near Howard, South Dakota, by F N Robinson.

1898: Caleb Bradham renames his carbonated soft drink “Pepsi-Cola”.

1906: Birth of poet laureate John Betjeman in London.

1914: In the First World War the British fleet beats the Germans at the Battle of Helgoland.

1916: Germany declares war on Romania. Italy declares war on Germany.

1917: Birth of Marvel Comics artist Jack Kirby.

1919: John Smuts becomes premier of South Africa.

1924: Georgia stages the August Uprising against the Soviet Union.

1938: Mauthausen concentration camp opens in Austria.

1939: Daily Telegraph journalist Clare Hollingworth discovers the scoop of the century when she observes “large numbers of troops, literally hundreds of tanks, armoured cars and field guns” Germany had positioned along the Polish border.

1943: Denmark declares a universal strike against Nazi occupiers.

1953: Singles chart:

  1. I Believe – Frankie Laine
  2. Terry’s Theme From Limelight – Frank Chacksfield
  3. The Song From The Moulin Rouge – Mantovani
  4. Let’s Walk That-A-Way – Doris Day and Johnnie Ray
  5. I’m Walking Behind You – Eddie Fisher with Sally Sweetland
  6. Seven Lonely Days – Gisele Mackenzie
  7. Hot Toddy – Ted Heath and his Music
  8. Look At That Girl – Guy Mitchell
  9. Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me – Muriel Smith
  10. Terry’s Theme From Limelight – Ron Goodwin

1955: Teenager Emmett Til, 14, is kidnapped and lynched in Money, Mississippi.

1963: Dr Martin Luther King Jr gives his “I have a dream” speech to 250,000 civil rights protesters at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

1964: The Beatles meet Bob Dylan for the first time at The Delmonico Hotel, New York, where he introduces them to marijuana. On the same day, a race riot breaks out in Philadelphia.


1965: The Rolling Stones announce that Allen Klein, who they had met three days earlier, would co-manage the group along with Andrew Loog Oldham. On the same day, Bob Dylan is booed for playing electric guitar at a concert in New York’s Forest Hills at the start of a world tour which saw him play half acoustic/half electric.

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

1968: Utilising the 8-track facilities at Trident Studios in London while working on the White Album, The Beatles start recording the John Lennon song Dear Prudence with John and George playing guitars and Paul on drums as Ringo had walked out days earlier and gone on holiday. On the same day, country star Tammy Wynette records Stand By Your Man at Epic studios after an idea that came from producer, Billy Sherrill. Wynette and Sherril completed the song in 15 minutes. Also, MP Gerry Fitt, tables a House of Commons motion criticising the Royal Ulster Constabulary at Dungannon “citizens of Northern Ireland should be allowed the same rights of peaceful demonstration as those in other parts of the United Kingdom”.

1972: Prince William of Gloucester is killed when his light aircraft crashes near Wolverhampton. On the same day, Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould sets a world record 2:23.07 to win the 200m individual medley at the Munich Olympics and Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut wins gold in the team event.

1978: Donald Vesco rides a 21′-long Kawasaki motorcycle at 318.598mph.

1981: Record producer Guy Stevens dies aged 38 from an overdose of prescription drugs he was taking to reduce his alcohol dependency.

1983: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin resigns.

1985: East German couple Reinhard and Sonja Schulze of Cranford, Middlesex, appear before magistrates charged with espionage.

1988: 70 people are killed when three Italian air force fighters crash at an air show at Ramstein, Germany.

1993: A dam breaks in Qinghai West China, killing 223 people.

1994: Shops in England and Wales open legally for the first time following a change in the Sunday trading laws.

1996: Isaac Hayes, who co-wrote the Sam and Dave’s classic Soul Man, sends a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole, demanding Dole stops using his song, which supporters had changed to ‘I’m A Dole Man.’ On the same day, “Michael Collins” directed by Neil Jordan and starring Liam Neeson wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

1998: Pakistan’s National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the “Qur’an and Sunnah” the “supreme law” but the bill is defeated in the Senate.

2003: Prime Minister, Tony Blair, appears before the Hutton inquiry into the death of weapons expert Dr David Kelly. On the same day, an electricity blackout cuts off power to around 500,000 people living in south east England and brings 60% of the London Underground to a halt.

2004: Kelly Holmes secures a place in Olympic history by winning the 1500m gold in Athens, completing the middle distance double.

2005: Goldfrapp – Supernature

2005: Album chart:

  1. Back To Bedlam – James Blunt
  2. Supernature – Goldfrapp
  3. X & Y – Coldplay
  4. Employment – Kaiser Chiefs
  5. The Story Goes – Craig David
  6. Forever Faithless: The Greatest Hits – Faithless
  7. Demon Days – Gorillaz
  8. The Magic Numbers – The Magic Numbers
  9. Daniel Powter – Daniel Powter
  10. Careless Love – Madeleine Peyroux

2007:The Carling Cup match between Nottingham Forest and Leicester City is abandoned at half-time after City defender Clive Clarke suffers a heart attack in the dressing room.

2009: Noel Gallagher quits Oasis after an argument with brother Liam backstage at the Rock en Seine festival in Paris. The band pull out at the last minute.

2013: China and Russia walk out of a UN Security Council meeting after the US pushes for immediate action against Syria’s use of chemical weapons.

2014: Former Jethro Tull bassist Glenn Cornick dies aged 67 from heart failure.

2019: Prime Minister Boris Johnson prorogues Parliament, suspending it for five weeks to limit opposition to a no deal Brexit. On the same day, environmental activist Greta Thunberg arrives in New York after sailing across the Atlantic on an emissions-free voyage.

2020: Actor Chadwisk Boseman dies aged 42 from colon cancer.

2022: A 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card sells for $12.6 million at auction, becoming the world’s most expensive piece of sporting memorabilia.

Jack Black

BIRTHDAYS: Clem Cattini, drummer (The Tornados) 86; David Soul (Solberg), actor/singer, 80; Hugh Cornwell, singer-songwriter (The Stranglers), 74; Wayne Osmond, guitarist/songwriter (The Osmonds) 72; Luis Guzmán, actor, 67; Daniel Stern, actor, 66; Ai Weiwei, artist, 66; Emma Samms (Elizabeth Wylie Samuelson) actress, 63; Jennifer Coolidge, actress, 62; Paul Allen, footballer, 61; David Fincher, director, 61; Shania Twain (Eilleen Regina Edwards), singer, 58; Amanda Tapping, actor/director, 58; Billy Boyd, actor, 55; Jack Black, actor/singer, 54; Jason Priestley, actor/director, 54; Mary McCartney, photographer, 54; Pete Turner, bassist (Elbow) 49; Kelly Overton, actress/director/screenwriter, 45; LeAnn Rimes, singer, 41; Rachel Khoo, cook/broadcaster, 43; Sarah Roemer, actress, 39; Florence Welch, singer-songwriter (Florence and the Machine) 37; Armie (Armand) Hammer, actor, 37; César Azpilicueta, footballer, 34.