Aug 28Marie Paule Giguere (b.1921), a Catholic nun in Quebec, founded the Army of Mary as a prayer group, saying she was receiving visions from God. In 2007 the Vatican declared her teachings were heretical and in Arkansas six nuns were excommunicated after refusing to give up membership in the sect.


Aug 28Princess Anne became the first member of the British royal family to visit the Soviet Union when she arrived in Kiev for an equestrian event.


Aug 28Ruth Gordon (88), American actress (Big Bus), died of a stroke in her sleep.


Aug 28, In Bolivia a touring French couple Fanny Blancho (23) and her partner Jeremy Bellanger (25) were last seen in the small city of Guayaramerin on the border with Brazil.


Aug 28Shulamith Firestone (b.1945), author of “The Dialectic of Sex: The Case For Feminist Revolution” (1970), was found dead at her Manhattan apartment.


Aug 28, Russian opposition activist Taisiya Osipova was sentenced to eight years in prison in a review of her drug-related case —twice as long as prosecutors had requested in a ruling that drew immediate opposition outrage. A witness for the defense testified at her trial that he saw a police officer put the drugs in Osipova’s apartment. She and her supporters have maintained that police planted four grams of heroin in her home in 2010 in revenge for her refusal to testify against her husband, Sergei Fomchenkov, also a senior figure in The Other Russia opposition movement.

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Aug 28, In Nevada a woman (29) died after falling under a large vehicle at the Burning Man counter-cultural festival.


Aug 28Alice Gross (14) was last seen in the Ealing and Hanwell area of west London. Her body was found in the River Brent on Sep 30. Arnis Zalkalns (41) of Latvia, a suspect in her disappearance, was last sighted on Sep 3. His body was found in Boston Manor Park on Oct 4.


Aug 28, In central Russia several dozen women gathered outside a military base in Kostroma to demand that commanders come clean about the whereabouts of their husbands after reports of secret funerals for soldiers covertly sent to Ukraine.

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