Significant Historical Events | On This Day in History | August 28th

Looking back into the past gives an eyewitness account of the amazing force of nature from Earthquakes, Hurricanes, major flooding, illnesses breaking out to many other Disasters hitting us here in the United States and around the Globe.
Here are the countless events that took place TODAY, on this day and the year the they occurred.
SOUTH DAKOTA – The first known photograph of a tornado near Howard.
The 1st known photograph of a tornado, taken in 1884 by F.N. Robinson

Credit:  FN Robinson/NWS.

GEORGIA & SOUTH CAROLINA – A hurricane killed at least 1,000 people in both states.
MASSACHUSETTS – Conflagration fire destroys 44 buildings and kills 2 in Hull.
LOUISIANA – 55.9 cm or 22 inches fall on Hackberry and is recorded as the state record.
MEXICO – An 6.8 M earthquake epicenter in Oaxaca State in Mexico kills 527 people and injuring 1,000 more.
GELDERLAND – Train crash in Nijmegen, Gelderland (near the German border) killing 7.
USA – The US national Centers for Disease Control, noting a high incidence of Kaposi’s sarcoma and pneumococcus in homosexual men, announced a medical task force had been formed to find out why. It was later determined the increased number of illnesses was caused by AIDS.
ITALY – The Italian Air Force acrobatic team known as F recce Tricolor i was flying 10 Aermacchi MB-339 (a subsonic trainer/light attack jet) at the Ramstein Air Show when 3 of the planes collided and crashed, killing all 3 pilots.  67 spectators were killed and 1,000 people injured with 346 with serious injuries.  It was the worst up to the year of 2002.
ILLINOIS – A tornado claimed the lives of 29 and injured more than 300 Northern Illinois.
NEW YORK – Aug 28, In NYC 5 subway riders were killed after subway motorman Robert Ray fell asleep drunk while in control of a train. He was convicted of manslaughter in 1992 and sentenced to 15 years. He was set free in 2001 for good behavior.
FLORIDA – The US government mounted two huge relief operations, rushing food and drinking water to hurricane-ravaged Florida.
AFRICA – US cargo planes landed in Somalia with tons of food for African famine victims.
WEST CHINA – 223 are killed when a dam breaks in Qinghai in West China.
BELGIUM – Belgian amusement park riders were stuck upside down for  90 minutes.
USA – West Nile Virus claims two more lives.   This was by far the worst year with 425 reported cases in the U.S.
ENGLAND – An electricity blackout cuts off power to around 500,000 people living in south east England and brings 60% of London’s underground rail network to a halt.
LOUISIANA –  Mayor Ray Nagin ordered an immediate evacuation for all of New Orleans, a city sitting below sea level with 485,000 inhabitants, as Hurricane Katrina bore down with wind revved up to nearly 175 mph and a threat of a massive storm surge.
CUBA – Tropical Storm Ernesto hit Cuba west of the US naval air base at Guantanamo after killing 2 people in Haiti.
USA – The US Census Bureau released its latest report on income, poverty and health insurance in the US. It noted a continuing increase in the number and proportion of Americans who lacked health insurance.
GREECE – Foreign firefighters and aircraft joined in battling wildfires that have destroyed some of Greece’s lushest landscape. The death toll from 5 days of blazes rose to at least 64.
CHINA – State media reported that Chinese government auditors have uncovered the misuse of millions of dollars in disaster assistance as part of an embezzlement probe spanning 10 central government departments.
HAITI – Tropical Storm Gustav bore down on Jamaica after leaving 67 people dead on Hispaniola, including 59 in Haiti and 8 in the Dominican Republic.
CALIFORNIA –  Gov. Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Monterrey counties due to wild fires.
INDIA – Officials said at least 215 people, mostly children, have died in an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in an impoverished region of northern Indian and that the death toll is likely to soar.
IRAN – 3 people died in the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that shook the country’s remote northeast. Forty others were injured.
PAKISTAN –  floodwaters made another break in the levees protecting the southern Pakistani city of Thatta. Over 175,000 residents fled for high ground and left the city nearly empty.
NEW YORK – Seawater surged into the streets of Manhattan as Tropical Storm Irene slammed into New York, downgraded from a hurricane but still unleashing furious wind and rain. The flooding threatened Wall Street and the heart of the global financial network. At least 16 people were reported killed in 6 states: 5 in North Carolina, 4 in Virginia, 3 in New Jersey, 2 in Florida and one each in Maryland and Connecticut.
NIGERIA – heavy rains that caused a dam to overflow in the southwest and led to houses being submerged killing 102 people and displaced thousands. Most of the victims were children who drowned in the city of Ibadan.
SOUTH KOREA – Typhoon Bolaven pounded South Korea with strong winds and heavy rain as it churned up rough seas that smashed two Chinese fishing ships into rocks, killing at least five fishermen and forcing the coast guard to perform a daring rescue for the survivors. At least 9 other people were killed and 10 were missing as the typhoon knocked out power to hundreds of thousands.
SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi health authorities said another Saudi man has died of the corona-virus MERS, bringing the kingdom’s death toll from the SARS-like virus to 42, adding a new case was registered.
CALIFORNIA – In northern California the Rim Fire expanded to 300 square miles as fire crews increased containment to just over 23%.
NIGERIA – Niger media and the UN said severe flooding since the start of August has killed at least 20 people and left around 48,000 homeless.
LAOS – UN officials said flash floods and heavy monsoon rains have battered Laos, killing at least 20 people, washing away roads and damaging crops.
INDIA – A building collapse in Vadodara, India killing 11 people.  The 3-story residential building was home to 12 families.
GHANA – Ebola-hit nations met for crisis talks in Accra as the death toll topped 1,500 and the WHO warned that the number of cases could exceed 20,000 before the outbreak is stemmed.
NICARAGUA –  2 miners escaped a cave-in at an unlicensed gold mine in Bonanza. 20 miners were brought out the next day and rescuers dug away to free five more still trapped.
PUERTO RICO – raises official death toll of 2017 Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975.
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FEMA and the Western WA Red Cross Calling All Youth To Assist with Preparedness

Release date: 
April 5, 2013
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Calling all community and faith-based organizations; youth development leaders; educators; leaders of after-school, extracurricular, weekend, and camp programs; and, emergency management and preparedness professionals interested in youth programs!  FEMA Region X and the American Red Cross (ARC), Western Washington Chapters, will be co-sponsoring free workshops in May on how your organization can easily incorporate emergency readiness into your programs. 

To be a part of this exciting opportunity, register for an Emergency Readiness Workshop at There are two workshops available to choose from: Wednesday, May 1 from 4-8 pm in Seattle and Saturday, May 11 from 10-2 pm in DuPont. Please register ASAP, as seats are filling quickly!

As committed leaders for youth emergency preparedness, FEMA and ARC developed the Emergency Readiness Workshops focused on engaging youth-serving organizations in emergency preparedness. These workshops are coordinated through multiple partners, including: Washington Emergency Management Division, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Seattle Office of Emergency Management, Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, and Radio Disney AM 1250.

Nearly one million youth call the Puget Sound home, which is a region that is highly susceptible to a wide range of natural hazards and threats. Therefore, this youth outreach effort is essential to building a more resilient community. Research shows that households with children who bring home preparedness materials are significantly more likely to be prepared for an emergency (

“Engaging and preparing our youth is a critical part of Whole Community emergency preparation because youth have a unique ability to influence their peers and families to be more ready and resilient,” said Ken Murphy, FEMA Region X Administrator. “Youth play important roles in disaster preparedness during and after a crisis.”

Source:  FEMA

Republished:  4/6/13 1150 hours PST