August 28

Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in 1963. The Great March on Washington was one of the largest rallies for political rights in U.S. history. Estimates of the crowd range from 200,000 to 300,000 people. It was organized by various groups of civil rights, labor, and religious organizations. The march and speech gave impetus to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“The whole world was watching” the riot that took place at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. A demonstration of about 10,000 protesters clashed with police and a lot of tear gas and Mace was used. The police assault in front of the Hilton Hotel became the iconic image of the riot. The following day, the convention would nominate Hubert H. Humphrey and Edmund Muskie to be the candidates for the Democratic Party in the presidential election against Nixon.

The 1988 Ramstein air show disaster took place at the U.S. Air Base in Germany. About 300,000 people were present as aircraft of the Italian Air Force collided and crashed to the ground killing 67 spectators and three pilots. Over 300 spectators sustained serious injuries. As the planes crashed a fireball of aviation fuel hurtled into the crowd. The disaster underscored the need for better handling of large–scale emergencies by German and American military authorities.

Birthdays Today

1925Donald O'Connor, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 2003)
1930Ben Gazzara, American actor, singer, and director (d. 2012)
1943Lou Piniella, American baseball player and manager
1958Scott Hamilton, American figure skater

Larry Moskal began his career as a Social Studies teacher in 1971. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with degrees in history and education. Larry taught Social Studies for the Ken-Ton School system, a suburban school system north of Buffalo, New York until 2005, and then taught and was the Dean of Students at San Miguel High School in Tucson. At Ken-Ton, he pioneered several online courses for high school students. In the 1980s, he spent three years teaching in Colombia, South America and spent four years at Lewiston-Porter High School. He currently is the PowerSchool Administrator for San Miguel accomplishing his work over the Internet.