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History's Happenings for August 28

Civil Rights March In Washington

On this day in 1963, over two hundred thousand people marched in Washington to demand equal rights for blacks as Americans, and to hear Martin Luther King give his famous "Dreams" speech.

Death of St. Augustine

Born in the Roman province of Numidia (northern Africa) in 354AD of a pagan father and Christian mother, Saint Augustine was not originally inclined to become a Christian. However, his mother -- who was herself canonized -- never gave up on him and, in 387, he was baptized by St. Ambrose.

He shortly became the Bishop of Hippo (now in Algeria), in which capacity he served until his death.

Augustine was a Christian scholar, and is best known for his doctrines on original sin (that the human race is at its origins sinful) and predestination (that some or all humans are predestined by God either to receive, or never to receive, His Grace). His ideas on predestination were largely refuted by later Catholic theologians, but were adopted by the founder of Protestantism, John Calvin.

Today it is difficult for most Christians to ascribe to the idea that anyone cannot achieve Grace through faith, though Augustine's doctrine continues to be integral to many denominations.

Henry Hudson Sails Into Delaware Bay

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Suffragettes Arrested Picketing White House

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Yippies Demonstrate At Dem Convention

Dateline 1968: Protesters outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago clashed with police attempting to maintain public order.

Among the protesters, who generally sought more equality at home and less involvement overseas, were the "Yippies", led by Jerry Rubin. Their aims were not quite so lofty: hate the government and love "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll."

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