Today in History - Friday August 28, 2000
In 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the civil rights movement reached its high-water mark when Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to over 200,000 demonstrators present at the March on Washington. The famous "I Have a Dream" passage of the address was actually improvised.
In 1955, while visiting family in Mississippi, Emmett Till, a Northern black 14-year-old, was brutally murdered for calling a white woman "baby" four days earlier. His assailants - the woman's husband and brother - gouged out his eyes, shot him in the head and tied his body to a cotton gin before throwing his body into the river.
In 1996, after four years f separation, Prince Charles and Princess Diana formally divorced.
In 1969, Jason Priestly, of Beverly Hills 90210, was born.
In 1937, the Toyota Motor Company, Ltd., originally a division of the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, became a corporation.