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