Today in History for August 28th

Climate records for today:

Highest temp recorded: 91 degrees F
Lowest temp recorded: 36 degrees F
Average high temp for today: 72 degrees F
Average low temp for today: 51 degrees F
Average data is based on 34 to 35 years (1971 to 2005) at Marquette Airport and WFO Marquette, Negaunee, MI.
Record data is based on 50 years (1961 to 2011) at Marquette Airport and WFO Marquette, Negaunee, MI.

Today in the UP:


On August 28, 1863, the wood sidewheel steamer, passenger and package freight Sunbeam, while carrying passengers, was caught in a gale above Eagle Harbor while in company of the steamer Michigan. She broke up and foundered offshore between Ontonagon and Portage Lake near Keweenaw Point in Lake Superior. Her 29 crew members took to her small lifeboats and were all lost except the wheelsman who had forsaken a boat for a piece of floating wreckage. He sustained himself for over 30 hours on the contents of a large bottle of port wine that had drifted near. Built with an unusual and unsuccessful Wittaker side propeller propulsion system, which was removed after its first year of service in favor of a standard sidewheel powerplant.


On August 28, 1870, the wood scow-schooner, Chaska, was wrecked near Duluth in a northwesterly gale in Lake Superior.


On August 28, 1898, the wood ship Superior, while carrying iron ore, was bound Escanaba for Toledo, when she opened her seams in heavy waves during a gale and began to roll terribly and take on water. She let her barge Sandusky go and made for the Beavers. She was run into the shallows on the north side of Gull Island, where she quickly broke up 1 mile west of Gull Island Light, Beaver Islands in Lake Michigan. The crew remained with her for quite awhile, but when the ship began to fall apart they abandoned and made a hard pull to St James in her yawl.


On August 28, 2003, an F0 waterspout over Lake Superior moved onshore at Silver Island just off the shore from Eagle Harbor in the late morning and was 10 miles WNW of Copper Harbor. The tornado had a damage path of 0.1 mile and was 10 yards wide. The tornado knocked down a tree on the island before it dissipated.

Severe thunderstorms

On August 28, 2007, a small line of thunderstorms produced wind damage in central Chippewa County. A shed was damaged, and several large tree limbs were downed in the mid evening 3 miles south of Rudyard. Earlier, severe thunderstorms brought trees down across Escanaba...amount and sizes unknown. Widespread power outages with $4000 in property damage. A tree was downed 2 miles northwest of Iron Mountain in the late afternoon. Numerous trees and power lines down along County Road 607 and near Highway M-95 in Breitung Township. A home along County Road 607 sustained damage when a tree fell on it with $12,000 in property damage and a tree was downed in Hardwood. 1 inch hail (quarter sized) fell in Carney in the mid afternoon. Severe thunderstorms produced damaging wind over the Escanaba Harbor in the evening. Trees down and power outages across Escanaba.

Today in History 08-28

Fun Facts
1565 St Augustine FL established
1609 Delaware Bay explored by Henry Hudson for the Netherlands
1789 William Herschel discovers Enceladus satellite of Saturn
1828 Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy was born near Tula.
1867 US occupies Midway Islands in the Pacific
1884 Mickey Welsh strikes out the 1st 9 men he faces
1907 United Parcel Service begins service in Seattle
1916 Italy's declares war against Germany during WW I
1917 10 suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House
1922 WEAF in NYC aired the 1st radio commercial. Queensboro Realty Company of Jackson Heights paid $100 for 10 minutes of air time
1957 Sen. Thurmond begins 24-hr filibuster against civil rights bill
1963 200 000 demonstrate for equal rights in Washington D.C
1963 Martin Luther King Jr. I have a dream speech at the Lincoln Memorial
1965 Astronauts Cooper & Conrad complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5
1968 Police & anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago's Democratic National Convention - nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president
1973 More than 520 die as a strong earthquake shook central Mexico
1974 Soyuz 15 returns to Earth
1977 NY Cosmos defeat Seattle Sounders 2-1 at Civic Stadium in Portland Ore. winning their 2nd North American Soccer League championship.
1977 Ron Guidry faces just 28 men & beats the Rangers 1-0
1981 John Hinckley Jr. pleads innocent in attempt to kill Pres Reagan
1983 Israeli PM Menachem Begin announces resignation is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.