In cricket, the Ashes series concludes with England defeating Australia. U.S. soldier Robert Bales (pictured) is sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of sixteen Afghan civilians in the Kandahar massacre. A riot at the Palmasola prison complex in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, kills more than thirty people. NASA recommissions the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer to search for asteroids. Hundreds of people are reported killed by chemical attacks in the Ghouta region of Syria. Recent deaths: Elmore Leonard
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August 28: Feast of the Assumption (Julian calendar); Krishna Janmashtami (Hinduism, 2013)
1640 – Bishops' Wars: Scottish Covenanter forces led by Alexander Leslie defeated the English army near Newburn, England. 1850 – German composer Richard Wagner's romantic opera Lohengrin, containing the Bridal Chorus, was first performed under the direction of Franz Liszt in Weimar, present-day Germany. 1937 – Toyota Motors, now Japan's largest automobile manufacturer, was spun off from Toyota Industries as an independent company. 1963 – During a large political rally in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. (pictured) delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, describing his desire for a future where blacks and whites would coexist harmoniously as equals. 1973 – Swedish police used gas bombs to end a seven-day hostage situation in Stockholm; during the incident the hostages had bonded with their captors, giving rise to the term "Stockholm syndrome". More anniversaries: August 27 – August 28 – August 29
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