August 28


1898 – Caleb Bradham invented a carbonated soft drink. We know that drink today as “Pepsi Cola”.

1907 – Two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan, took $100 and start a company called American Messenger Company. It went on to become United Parcel Service.

1922 – The first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York, NY. The 10-minute advertisement for the Queensboro Realty Company cost the firm $100.

1939 – The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane.

1957 – Senator Strom Thurmond began a filibuster to prevent the Senate from voting on the Civil Rights Act of 1957. He finally stopped speaking 24 hours and 18 minutes later, the longest filibuster ever conducted by a single Senator.

1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech to 250,000 people at a civil rights rally, at the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, DC.

1972 – Mark Spitz won his first of 7 gold medals at the Summer Olympics held in Munich, Germany. He completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10ths of a second to set a world record.

1981 – John Hinckley Jr. pleaded innocent to the charge of attempting to kill President Ronald Reagan. He is later acquitted by reason of insanity.

1981 – “The New York Daily News” published its final afternoon edition.

1986 – Tina Turner was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

1989 – Televangelist Jim Bakker went on trial for fraud and conspiracy.

1995 – The biggest bank in the U.S. was created when Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank announced their $10 billion deal.

1996 – Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales were granted a divorce decree to end their 15 year marriage.

2007 – According to a Census Bureau report, Maryland topped New Jersey as the wealthiest state in the nation. New Jersey is followed in the ranking by Connecticut, Hawaii and New Hampshire. Mississippi was at the bottom of the list.

2007 – Lisa Nowak, the NASA astronaut turned diaper-wearing stalker, announced her intention to pursue a temporary insanity defense to charges that she assaulted and tried to kidnap a rival for the affections of a fellow astronaut.

2009 – The Los Angeles County Coroner declared Michael Jackson’s death June 25th a homicide caused by the combination of drugs in his system. Dr. Conrad Murray was later charged and convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

2014 – Google announced its Project Wing. The project was aimed at delivering products across a city using unmanned flying vehicles.



Ken Jenkins 1940 – Actor (Played Dr. Bob Kelso, the Chief of Medicine, on TV’s “Scrubs”)

David Soul 1943 – Actor, singer (Played Detective Hutch on TV’s “Starsky and Hutch”)

Danny Seraphine 1948 – Musician (original drummer and founding member of the group Chicago)

Wayne Osmond 1951 – Singer (The Osmonds)

Jennifer Coolidge 1961 – Actress (Played “Stifler’s mom” in the “American Pie” movies, “Legally Blonde”, plays Sophie on TV’s “2 Broke Girls”)

Rick Rossovich 1957 – Actor (Played Ron “Slider” Kerner in “Top Gun”, “Terminator”)

Daniel Stern 1957 – Actor (“Diner”, “Blue Thunder”, “City Slickers”, “Home Alone”)

Scott Hamilton 1958 – Olympic figure skater

Emma Samms 1960 – Actress (TV’s “General Hospital”, “Dynasty”, “The Colbys”)

Shania Twain 1965 – Country singer

Jack Black 1969 – Actor, singer, guitarist (“Gulliver’s Travels”, “Tropic Thunder”, “King Kong”, “School of Rock”, “High Fidelity”, TV’s “The Brink”)

Jason Priestley 1969 – Actor (TV’s “Beverly Hills 90210”)

Matthew John Armstrong 1973 – Actor (TV’s “Heroes”, “American Dreams”)

J. August Richards 1973 – Actor (Played vampire hunter Charles Gunn on TV’s “Angel”)

Max Collins 1978 – Singer, Musician (Eve 6)

LeAnn Rimes 1982 – Singer

Armie Hammer 1986 – Actor (“The Lone Ranger”, “Mirror Mirror”, “The Social Network”)

Samuel Larsen 1991 – Actor, singer (TV’s “Glee”)

Kyle Massey 1991 – Actor (TV’s “Cory in the House”, “That’s So Raven”)

Quvenzhané Wallis 2003 – Actress, singer (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”)



Bow Tie Day

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Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

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