On This Day: Prince Charles, Princess Diana divorce

On Aug. 28, 1996, after four years of separation, Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife, Princess Diana, were formally divorced.
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Aug. 28 (UPI) -- On this date in history:

In 1922, a New York City realty company paid $100 for the first radio commercial, on station WEAF.

In 1955, while visiting family members in Money, Miss., 14-year-old Emmett Till, an African American man from Chicago, was slain for supposedly flirting with a white woman four days earlier. His alleged killers were acquitted.

In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before more than 200,000 people gathered for a "Freedom March" in Washington.

In 1968, the Democratic Party nominated Hubert Humphrey for president as thousands of anti-Vietnam War demonstrators battled police in the streets and parks of Chicago.

In 1981, John Hinckley Jr. pleaded not guilty to attempting to assassinate President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981. The next year he was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was institutionalized for mental health treatment. He was conditionally released in September 2016.

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In 1986, Soviet spy Jerry Whitworth was sentenced to 365 years in prison and fined $410,000.

In 1990, a tornado struck Will County in Illinois, southwest of Chicago, killing at least 27 people and injuring more than 350.

In 1996, after four years of separation, Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife, Princess Diana, were formally divorced.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina picked up strength as it roared toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, reaching Category 5 status, with winds of almost 150 miles an hour, touching off one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history.

In 2008, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the presumed Republican nominee for president, chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate.

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In 2011, Tony Tan was elected the seventh president of Singapore after more than 83 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots.

In 2012, delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., chose Mitt Romney as the party's presidential nominee.

In 2013, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan, who admitted to killing 13 people and wounding many others at Fort Hood in Texas in 2009, was sentenced to death.

In 2014, a World Health Organization report said an Ebola epidemic had killed more than 1,552 people in four West African countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Attendees along with medical and union officials watch a demonstration of the dressing and removal of an Ebola medical suit at an Ebola educational session presented by Greater New York Hospital Association, the Partnership for Quality Care and Service Employees International Union Local 1199 United Healthcare Workers East's "Healthcare Education Project" at Javits Center North in New York City on October 21, 2014. On August 28, 2014, a World Health Organization report said an Ebola epidemic had killed more than 1,552 people in four West African countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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