On this day: August 28

Published On: Aug 27 2012 05:07:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 28 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

Pepsi and UPS are born, Emmett Till is murdered, Martin Luther King Jr. shares his dream, and Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce, all on this day.

OTD August 28 - Tom Thumb locomotive
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By E. T. Kenney (Baltimore County Public Library) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

1830: The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's new Tom Thumb steam locomotive, the first American-built steam locomotive used on a common-carrier railroad, races a horse-drawn car. The locomotive led the race until a belt slipped off a pulley and the engine lost power. However, the demonstration proved successful, showing that the steam locomotive offered superior performance.

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