Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Today in History....August 28

On this day in …

* 1609, Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay

* 1907, United Parcel Service had its beginnings as the American Messenger Co. of Seattle

* 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

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

* 1973, more than 600 people died as an earthquake shook central Mexico

* 1997, after nearly a year of legal challenges, California's affirmative action ban, Proposition 209, finally became law. ALSO:
U.S. troops became more deeply embroiled in a violent power struggle among Bosnian Serbs, firing tear gas and warning shots to fend off rock-hurling Serb mobs

* 2006, prosecutors in Colorado abruptly dropped their case against John Mark Karr in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, saying DNA tests failed to put him at the crime scene despite his repeated insistence he'd killed the 6-year-old beauty queen

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