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    This day in history

    Wednesday, Aug. 28, is the 240th day of 2013. There are 125 days left in the year.

    Today’s Birthdays: Former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen is 73. Actor David Soul is 70. MLB manager Lou Piniella is 70. Actress Barbara Bach is 67. Actor Daniel Stern is 56. Olympic gold medal figure skater Scott Hamilton is 55. Movie director David Fincher is 51. Country singer Shania Twain is 48. Actor Jack Black is 44. Actor Jason Priestley is 44. Olympic gold medal swimmer Janet Evans is 42. Country singer LeAnn Rimes is 31. Actor Armie Hammer is 27. Rock singer Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) is 27. Actress Quvenzhane Wallis (‘‘Beasts of the Southern Wild”) is 10. Reality TV star Alana Thompson, (‘‘Honey Boo Boo’’) is 8.

    In 1922, the first-ever radio commercial aired on station WEAF in New York City.


    In 1945, the Allies began occupying Japan at the end of World War II.

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    In 1947, legendary bullfighter Manolete died after being gored during a fight in Linares, Spain; he was 30.

    In 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle’s home in Money, Miss., by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman; he was found brutally slain three days later.

    In 1963, more than 200,000 people listened as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his ‘‘I Have a Dream’’ speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    In 1968, police and anti-war demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic National Convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president.


    In 1972, Mark Spitz of the United States won the first two of his seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics, finishing first in the 200-meter butterfly and anchoring the 400-meter freestyle relay.

    In 1973, an earthquake shook Veracruz, Mexico; death toll estimates range from 600 to 1,200.

    In 1983, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin announced his resignation.

    In 1990, an F5 tornado struck the Chicago area, killing 29 people.

    In 2003, British Prime Minister Tony Blair denied the government had ‘‘sexed up’’ a dossier on Iraq’s weapons threat and said he would have resigned if it had been true. A Defense Department survey found that nearly 1 in 5 female Air Force Academy cadets said they had been sexually assaulted during their time at the academy.


    In 2008, surrounded by an enormous, adoring crowd at Invesco Field in Denver, Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, promising what he called a clean break from the ‘‘broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush.’’

    In 2012, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination at a storm-delayed national convention in Tampa, Fla. Hurricane Isaac spun into the southern Louisiana coast.