Today is Thursday, August 28, the 241st day of 2008. There are 125 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1532 - Forces of Suleiman I, sultan of Turkey, ravage Carinthia and Croatia.
1574 - Treaty of Bristol settles commercial disputes between English and Spanish merchants.
1619 - Gabor Bethlen of Transylvania invades Hungary.
1833 - British Parliament bans slavery throughout British Empire.
1879 - British troops capture Cetywayo in Zulu War.
1910 - Montenegro is proclaimed independent kingdom under Nicholas I.
1916 - Italy's declaration of war against Germany takes effect during World War I.
1922 - The first radio commercial in United States airs on WEAF in New York City. The 10-minute advertisement was for the Queensboro Realty Co., which paid a fee of US$100.
1928 - All-Party Congress at Lucknow, India, votes for dominion status within British Empire.
1943 - Japanese resistance ends on island of New Georgia in the Solomons during World War II.
1947 - Legendary bullfighter Manolete is mortally wounded by a bull during a fight in Linares, Spain. He dies the following day at age 30.
1963 - 200,000 people participate in a civil rights rally in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
1966 - About 50,000 persons die from a drought-caused famine on the island of Lombok, east of Bali. The investigating team finds the bodies of 28,467 people.
1973 - Earthquake hits area southwest of Mexico City, killing 500 people and injuring 1,000 others.
1975 - France flies troops and police to Corsica to quell demonstrations for autonomy.
1981 - John W. Hinckley Jr. pleads innocent to charges of attempting to kill U.S. President Ronald Reagan. He is later acquitted by reason of insanity.
1986 - Bolivian government imposes nationwide state of siege in response to march to La Paz by about 7,000 miners opposed to closing of mines.
1988 - Seventy people are killed when three Italian stunt planes collide during an air show at the U.S. Air Base in Ramstein, West Germany, sending flaming debris into a crowd of spectators.
1989 - Police say masked Sikh gunmen raid passenger train in India's Punjab State and massacre at least 22 Hindu passengers.
1990 - Iraq declares Kuwait to be its 19th province.
1991 - In an international tour, British Prime Minister John Major becomes the first Western leader to visit Moscow since the coup against President Mikhail Gorbachev and to visit China since the 1989 pro-democracy crackdown in Tiananmen Square.
1992 - The first four planes carrying U.S. food aid reach Balet Huen, Somalia, as hundreds cheer.
1993 - Workers in Nigeria's key oil industry, air traffic controllers and others launch a strike in a bid to force out the military-backed government.
1996 - The United States denies black nationalist leader Louis Farrakhan permission to accept a promised US$1 billion gift from Libya to help American blacks economically and politically.
1997 - Rival factions clash inside Venezuela's notorious El Dorado prison, leaving 29 prisoners dead and thirteen inmates seriously injured.
1998 - Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu takes control of Turkey's armed forces, vowing to intensify the military's fight against radical Islam.
2000 - More than four years after hooded military judges convict American Lori Berenson of planning a rebel attack, Peru's military overturns her life sentence and clears the way for a new, civilian trial.
2001 - Women's rights groups protest the approval of a new law in Chihuahua, Mexico, which provides for reduced sentences for rapes that were "provoked" by the victim.
2003 - The University of Michigan unveils a new admissions policy for undergraduate students. The Supreme Court in June had struck down the university's previous policy, which used a points-based system that favored minority applicants.
2004 - Hicham El Guerrouj becomes the first man in 80 years to win the 1,500 and the 5,000 races at one Olympics, joining Finnish great Paavo Nurmi in the history books.
2005 - A suicide bomber blows himself up outside a bus station in the Israeli city of Beersheba, critically wounding two security guards in the first attack since Israel began its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
2006 - An explosion at a tourist resort in Turkey kills three people and injures at least 20 others, less than a day after bomb attacks strike another tourist center and an Istanbul neighborhood.
2007 - A devout Muslim, Abdullah Gull, 56, wins Turkey's presidency after months of confrontation with the secular establishment, promising to be impartial and praising the idea that Islam and the state should be separate.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet and philosopher (1749-1832); Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer (1828-1910); Charles Boyer, French-born actor (1899-1978); Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist (1913-1995); Janet Frame, New Zealand author (1924-2004); Shania Twain, U.S. country singer (1965--); LeAnn Rimes, U.S. country singer (1982--); Jack Black, actor (1969--).
Thought for Today:
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference _ Elie Wiesel, Romanian-born author.