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August 28 in History

Update: August, 28/2012 - 08:49



Birth of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (died 1832), German poet, dramatist, novelist and scientist. His famed works include The Sorrows of Young Werther, Wilhelm Meister and Faust.


Birth of first Russian writer of the 19th century to become recognised in the West, Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev. His novels, poems and plays are charact-erised by elegant craftsmanship, lucidity and a liberal, balanced point of view. Fathers and Sons is a masterpiece.


Birth of Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy (died 1910), Russian author and philosopher. In his great novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, he displayed the richness of detail and psychological acumen that pervaded all his work.


The British Parliament bans slavery throughout the British Empire.


France opens its first consulate in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.


Death of French microbiologist and chemist Louis Pasteur (born 1822). Founder of modern microbiology, he discovered that micro-organisms in the air were responsible for fermentation in beer and milk. In investigating ways of excluding these organisms, he developed the process of pasteurisation.


From August 28-31, President Ho Chi Minh writes the Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam at 48 Hang Ngang Street, Ha Noi. He read the declaration at a mammoth rally at Ba Dinh Square on September 2.


Dr Martin Luther King delivers his "I have a dream" speech to 200,000 civil rights demonstrators in Washington. — REUTERS/AP

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