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Today in history: August 28

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Monday, Aug. 28, the 240th day of 2006. There are 125 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Aug. 28, 1963, 200,000 people participated in a peaceful civil rights rally in Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

On this date:
In 1609, Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay.

In 1774, Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint, was born in New York City.

In 1916, Italy’s declaration of war against Germany took effect during World War I.

In 1947, legendary bullfighter Manolete was mortally wounded by a bull during a fight in Linares, Spain; he was 30.

In 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle’s home in Money, Miss., by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman; he was found brutally murdered three days later.

In 1968, police and anti-war demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic national convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president.

In 1973, more than 520 people died as an earthquake shook central Mexico.

In 1981, John W. Hinckley Jr. pleaded innocent to charges of attempting to kill President Reagan (he was later acquitted by reason of insanity).

In 1986, retired Navy warrant officer Jerry A. Whitworth, convicted for his role in a Soviet spy ring, was sentenced by a federal judge in San Francisco to 365 years in prison.

In 1988, 70 people were killed when three Italian stunt planes collided during an air show at the U.S. Air Base in Ramstein, West Germany.

Ten years ago: Democrats nominated President Clinton for a second term at their national convention in Chicago. The troubled 15-year marriage of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially ended with the issuing of a divorce decree.

Five years ago: Gateway, the nation’s No. 4 manufacturer of personal computers, said it was laying off 4,700 employees — 25 percent of its global work force — because of an increasingly bleak market.

One year ago: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered everyone in the city to evacuate after Hurricane Katrina grew to a monster storm. Iraqi negotiators finished a new constitution but without the endorsement of Sunni Arabs. West Oahu of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, won the Little League World Series title with a 7-6 win over the defending champions from Willemstad, Curacao.

Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Billy Grammer is 81. Actor Ben Gazzara is 76. Actor Ken Jenkins is 66. Former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen is 66. Actor David Soul is 63. Baseball manager Lou Piniella is 63. Actress Alice Playten is 59. Singer Wayne Osmond (The Osmonds) is 55. Actor Daniel Stern is 49. Olympic gold medal figure skater Scott Hamilton is 48. Actress Emma Samms is 46. Country singer Shania Twain is 41. Actor Billy Boyd (“The Lord of the Rings”) is 38. Actor Jack Black is 37. Actor Jason Priestley is 37. Olympic gold medal swimmer Janet Evans is 35. Actor J. August Richards is 33. Rock singer-musician Max Collins (Eve 6) is 28. Actress Carly Pope is 26. Country singer LeAnn Rimes is 24. Actor Michael Galeota is 22.

Thought for Today: “The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” — Muhammad Ali, American boxing champion (1942- ).