This Day in History on 28 August

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 28 August. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

National Thoughtful Day: The celebration is meant to bring goodwill in a variety of ways.

National Bow Tie Day: This day is meant to encourage everyone to wear this style of tie with panache!

Important Events

1600: Mughals capture Ahmednagar.

1709: Meidingnu Pamheiba (Gharib Nawaz) crowned as the king of Manipur. 

1833: King William IV gives Royal Assent to the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, although slavery remained legal in the possessions of the East India Company until the passage of the Indian Slavery Act, 1843.

1845: The first issue of Scientific American magazine was published. American popular science magazine. Many famous scientists, including Albert Einstein, have contributed articles to it. It is the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the United States.

1879: Battle at Ulundi, Lord Chelmsford beats king Cetshwayo’s Zuluz.

1898: Caleb Bradham’s beverage “Brad’s Drink” was renamed to “Pepsi Cola”.

1901: Silliman University was founded in the Philippines. It is the first American private school in the country.

1904: First car rally between Calcutta to Barakpur held.

1937: Toyota Motors became an independent company.

1972: General Insurance Business was nationalised.

1973: India and Pakistan signed P.O.W Accord paving way for release of 90,000 Pakistanis.

1976: Second World Hindi Conference held in Mauritius.

1993: The Galileo spacecraft discovers a moon, later named Dactyl, around 243 Ida, the first known Asteroid moon. 

1997: Election Commission orders that no convicted person will be allowed to contest elections even if an appeal against the conviction was pending in a higher court.

1997: Jain Commission, chaired by Justice M.C. Jain, submits interim report on Rajiv Gandhi assassination.

1997: Tiwari and Surinderjit Kaur set national records in hammer throw in Federation Cup Athletics.

1998: India and Pakistan clash at the Security Council after New Delhi denounced the running of terrorist training camps in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Afghanistan.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

Firaq Gorakhpuri, Indian author
Firaq Gorakhpuri, Indian author

1749: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet. Founder of modern German literature who led the Romantic Sturm und Drang movement.

1828: Leo Tolstoy, Russian Writer. Regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.

1855: Narayan Guru, Indian social reformer, and spiritual leader.

Vilayat Khan, Indian sitar player
Vilayat Khan, Indian sitar player

1863: Ayyankali, Indian social reformer. He worked for the advancement of Untouchables in the princely state of Travancore, British India.

1896: Jhaverchand Meghani, Indian poet and freedom fighter from Gujrat.

1896: Firaq Gorakhpuri, Indian author, poet, critic and Gyanpeeth awardee (d. 1982)

Ravi Kanbur, Indian-English economist
Ravi Kanbur, Indian-English economist

1896: Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, great musician and Padma Bhushan awardee, was born at Chembai in Kerala.

1906: Chintamani Govind (Mama Pendse), great actor, was born.

1917: Jack Kirby, American comic book writer, and editor. He and Joe Simon created the highly successful comic book character Captain America.

1919: Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, British founder of the EMI medical scanner and winner of the Nobel Prize for psychology in 1979.

Deepak Tijori, Indian actor
Deepak Tijori, Indian actor

1928: Vilayat Khan, Indian sitar player and composer (d. 2004)

1928: Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon, noted physicist and scientific advisor to the Prime Minister, was born at Mangalore in Karnataka.

1934: Justice Sujata Manohar was born.

1954: Ravi Kanbur, Indian-English economist and academic

Priya Dutt, Indian social worker
Priya Dutt, Indian social worker

1961: Deepak Tijori, Indian actor and director

1966: Priya Dutt, Indian politician.

1969: Jack Black, an American actor, and comedian.

1969: Sheryl Sandberg, American social media executive. She is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook and the founder of

Death/ Death Anniversary

1667: Sardar Jay Singh I, the famous king- Mirza Raja, a ruler of the kingdom of Amber (later called Jaipur) also in Aurangzeb’s kingdom, passed away at Barhanpur.

1733: Sekhoji (Jaysingrao) Angre, famous naval officer of Maratha navy, passed away.

1867: Owen Glynne Jones, a British explorer. He became one of the first people to turn rock climbing into a sport. He is credited with the discovery of several routes into a lake district in North West England.

1967: Charles Darrow, American inventor of the board game Monopoly.

1984: Muhammad Naguib, 1st president of Egypt.

1995: Carl Giles, Brutish cartoonist best remembered for his numerous contribution to Daily Express.

2001: G. D. Malgulkar, Indian author, storyteller, and Painter.

2007: Paul MacCready, an American entrepreneur, and engineer. Best remembered as founding the technology company AeroVironment.

Further Reading

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