Aug 28: The Content of their Character

Aug 28: The Content of their Character

Civil Rights dominates this day with the murder of Emmett Till, MK’s “I Have A Dream Speech,” and Barack Obama becoming the first African-American major party nominee for President.

1565

St. Augustine Turns 450

Pedro Menéndez de Avilés sights land near St. Augustine, Florida and founds the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in the continental United States.  Happy 450th St. Augustine!.

1955

Emmett Till Murdered in Mississippi

African-American teenager Emmett Till is brutally murdered in Mississippi, galvanizing the nascent American Civil Rights Movement.

1957

Thurmond Launches Record Filibuster Against Civil Rights Bill

U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond begins a filibuster to prevent the Senate from voting on Civil Rights Act of 1957; he stopped speaking 24 hours and 18 minutes later, the longest filibuster ever conducted by a single Senator.

1963

Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream” Speech

Martin Luther Kings delivers “I Have a Dream” speech in cullmination of March on Washington.

It is fitting that on this very same day, America’s First African-American President would accept the nomination to become President.

1988

Ramstein Airshow Disaster Kills 75

Three aircraft of the Frecce Tricolori demonstration team collide and the wreckage falls into the crowd. Seventy-five are killed and 346 seriously injured.

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