Today is Tuesday, August 28th, the 240th day of the year. There are 125 days until the end of the year.
On this day:
In 1907, the United Parcel Service began service in Seattle, Washington.
In 1922, the first radio commercial was broadcast on WEAF in New York City.
In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, D.C. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mahalia Jackson and Peter Paul and Mary were among the artists who performed before an estimated 200-thousand civil rights marchers who gathered for the rally.
In 2005, residents in New Orleans were forced to evacuate their homes and seek refuge in the city's Louisiana Superdome as Hurricane Katrina bore down on the state of Louisiana.
In 2009, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office ruled the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson a homicide. The coroner found the singer died of acute propofol intoxication. Propofol is a powerful, hospital-grade sedative. The coroner also remarked that Jackson's death was also attributed to another drug called lorazepam. Jackson died suddenly on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50.