August 28

This Day in History

1879

Zulu King Captured

King Cetshwayo, the last great ruler of Zululand, is captured by the British following his defeat in the British-Zulu War. He was subsequently sent into exile. Cetshwayo's defiance of British rule in … (more...)

1859

Record Solar Flare Wreaks Havoc on Earth

On this day in 1859, a geomagnetic storm blew over the North Pole, causing the Aurora Borealis to shine so bright it was seen clearly over parts of the United States, Europe, and Japan. The event … (more...)

1749

Goethe Is Born

On this day in 1749, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in the Free Imperial City of Frankfurt in the Holy Roman Empire. Today he is renowned as a writer and the author of Faust, but he was also an … (more...)