What happened on October 28? There are more than 292 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About October 28

October 28 In HistoryOctober 28 is the 302nd day of the year 2020. There are 64 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 44th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Cypress, Florida 32432 sunrise occured at 06:52 AM and sunset occured at 05:55 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Scorpio. The modern birthstone for this month is Opal while the mystical birthstone is Jasper.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 107 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For October 28

  • 97
    Emperor Nerva is forced by the Praetorian Guard, to adopt general Marcus Ulpius Trajanus as his heir and successor.
  • 306
    Maxentius is proclaimed Roman Emperor.
  • 312
    Battle of Milvian Bridge: Constantine I defeats Maxentius, becoming the sole Roman Emperor.
  • 1061
    Empress Agnes, acting as Regent for her son, brings about the election of Bishop Cadalus, the Antipope Honorius II.
  • 1516
    Battle of Yaunis Khan: Turkish forces under the Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha defeat the Mameluks near Gaza.
  • 1531
    Battle of Amba Sel: Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi again defeats the army of Lebna Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia. The southern part of Ethiopia falls under Imam Ahmad’s control.
  • 1538
    The first university in the New World, the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, is established.
  • 1628
    The Siege of La Rochelle, which had lasted for 14 months, ends with the surrender of the Huguenots.
  • 1636
    A vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony establishes the first college in what would become the United States, today known as Harvard University.
  • 1664
    The Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot, later to be known as the Royal Marines, is established.
  • 1707
    The 1707 Hōei earthquake causes more than 5,000 deaths in Honshu, Shikoku and Kyūshū, Japan
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: A British proclamation forbids residents from leaving Boston.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of White Plains – British Army forces arrive at White Plains, attack and capture Chatterton Hill from the Americans.
  • 1834
    The Battle of Pinjarra is fought in the Swan River Colony in present-day Pinjarra, Western Australia. Between 14 and 40 Aborigines are killed by British colonists.
  • 1835
    The United Tribes of New Zealand is established with the signature of the Declaration of Independence.
  • 1848
    The first railroad in Spain – between Barcelona and Mataró – is opened.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Battle of Fair Oaks & Darbytown Road (also known as the Second Battle of Fair Oaks) ends – Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant withdraw from Fair Oaks, Virginia, after failing to breach the Confederate defenses around Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1886
    In New York Harbor, President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty.
  • 1891
    The Mino-Owari earthquake, the largest inland earthquake in Japan’s history, strikes Gifu Prefecture.
  • 1893
    Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathétique, receives its première performance in St. Petersburg, only nine days before the composer’s death.
  • 1915
    Richard Strauss conducts the first performance of his tone poem Eine Alpensinfonie in Berlin.
  • 1918
    A new Polish government in Western Galicia is established.
  • 1918
    World War I: Czechoslovakia is granted independence from Austria-Hungary marking the beginning of an independent Czechoslovak state, after 300 years.
  • 1919
    The U.S. Congress passes the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto, paving the way for Prohibition to begin the following January.
  • 1922
    March on Rome: Italian fascists led by Benito Mussolini march on Rome and take over the Italian government.
  • 1928
    Declaration of the Youth Pledge in Indonesia, the first time Indonesia Raya, now the national anthem, was sung.
  • 1929
    Black Monday, a day in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, which also saw major stock market upheaval.
  • 1940
    World War II: Greece rejects Italy’s ultimatum. Italy invades Greece through Albania, marking Greece’s entry into World War II.
  • 1942
    The Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) is completed through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • 1948
    Swiss chemist Paul Müller is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the insecticidal properties of DDT.
  • 1958
    John XXIII, is elected Pope.
  • 1962
    Cuban Missile Crisis: Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that he had ordered the removal of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
  • 1964
    Vietnam War: U.S. officials deny any involvement in bombing North Vietnam.
  • 1965
    Nostra Aetate, the “Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions” of the Second Vatican Council, is promulgated by Pope Paul VI; it absolves the Jews of responsibility for the death of Jesus, reversing Innocent III’s 760 year-old declaration.
  • 1965
    Construction on the St. Louis Arch is completed.
  • 1971
    Britain launches the satellite Prospero into low Earth orbit atop a Black Arrow carrier rocket, the only British satellite to date launched by a British rocket.
  • 1982
    The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party wins elections, leading to the first Socialist government in Spain after death of Franco. Felipe Gonzalez becomes Prime Minister-elect.
  • 1995
    289 people are killed and 265 injured in Baku Metro fire, the deadliest subway disaster.
  • 1998
    An Air China jetliner is hijacked by disgruntled pilot Yuan Bin and flown to Taiwan.
  • 2005
    Plame affair: Lewis Libby, Vice-president Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, is indicted in the Valerie Plame case. Libby resigns later that day.
  • 2006
    The funeral service takes place for those executed at Bykivnia forest, outside Kiev, Ukraine. 817 Ukrainian civilians (out of some 100,000) executed by Bolsheviks at Bykivnia in 1930s – early 1940s are reburied.
  • 2007
    Cristina Fernández de Kirchner becomes the first woman elected President of Argentina.
  • 2009
    NASA successfully launches the Ares I-X mission, the only rocket launch for its later-cancelled Constellation program.
  • 2009
    The 28 October 2009 Peshawar bombing kills 117 and wounds 213.

Who Were Born On October 28?

  • 1466
    Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, Dutch theologian and Catholic priest (d. 1536)
  • 1510
    Francis Borgia, Spanish duke and Jesuit priest (d. 1572)
  • 1585
    Cornelius Jansen, Dutch bishop (d. 1638)
  • 1667
    Maria Anna of Neuburg, second wife of Charles II of Spain (d. 1740)
  • 1691
    Peder Tordenskjold, Norwegian naval hero (d. 1720)
  • 1697
    Canaletto, Italian artist (d. 1768)
  • 1703
    Antoine Deparcieux, French mathematician (d. 1768)
  • 1718
    Ignacije Szentmartony, Croatian Jesuit missionary (d. 1793)
  • 1767
    Queen Marie Sophie of Hesse-Kassel of Denmark and Norway (d. 1852)
  • 1793
    Eliphalet Remington, American firearms manufacturer (d. 1861)
  • 1804
    Pierre François Verhulst, Belgian mathematician (d. 1849)
  • 1818
    Ivan Turgenev, Russian writer (d. 1883)
  • 1837
    Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Japanese shogun (d. 1913)
  • 1839
    Edward P. Allen, American politician (d. 1909)
  • 1845
    Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist (d. 1888)
  • 1846
    Georges Auguste Escoffier, French chef (d. 1935)
  • 1854
    Jean-Marie Guyau, French philosopher and poet (d. 1888)
  • 1860
    Jigoro Kano, Japanese martial artist (d. 1938)
  • 1864
    Adolfo Camarillo, American-born Mexican land owner and rancher (d. 1958)
  • 1875
    Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, American geographer and editor (d. 1966)
  • 1877
    Joe Adams, American baseball player (d. 1952)
  • 1879
    Channing H. Cox, American politician (d. 1968)
  • 1881
    Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (d. 1969)
  • 1881
    Vin Coutie, Australian footballer
  • 1884
    William Douglas Cook, New Zealander horticulturalist (d. 1967)
  • 1885
    Velimir Khlebnikov, Russian poet (d. 1922)
  • 1889
    Juliette Béliveau, Quebec comedian (d. 1975)
  • 1891
    Ormer Locklear, American movie stunt pilot (d. 1920)
  • 1892
    Dink Johnson, American musician (d. 1954)
  • 1896
    Howard Hanson, American composer (d. 1981)
  • 1897
    Edith Head, American costume designer (d. 1981)
  • 1901
    Eileen Shanahan, Irish poet (d. 1979)
  • 1902
    Elsa Lanchester, British-born actress (d. 1986)
  • 1903
    Evelyn Waugh, English writer (d. 1966)
  • 1907
    John Hewitt, Northern Irish poet (d. 1987)
  • 1908
    Arturo Frondizi, Argentine politician (d. 1995)
  • 1909
    Francis Bacon, Irish painter (d. 1992)
  • 1912
    Richard Doll, English epidemiologist (d. 2005)
  • 1913
    Douglas Seale, English actor (d. 1999)
  • 1914
    Glenn Robert Davis, American politician (d. 1988)
  • 1914
    Jonas Salk, American biologist and physician (d. 1995)
  • 1914
    Richard Laurence Millington Synge, British biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1994)
  • 1917
    Jack Soo, American actor (d. 1979)
  • 1921
    Azumafuji Kin'ichi, Japanese sumo wrestler (the 40th Yokozuna) (d. 1973)
  • 1922
    Butch van Breda Kolff, American basketball coach (d. 2007)
  • 1922
    Gershon Kingsley, German composer
  • 1922
    Simon Muzenda, Zimbabwe politician (d. 2003)
  • 1924
    Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver (d. 1996)
  • 1925
    Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener (d. 2006)
  • 1926
    Bowie Kuhn, American baseball executive (d. 2007)
  • 1927
    Cleo Laine, British singer
  • 1927
    Roza Makagonova, Russian actress (d. 1995)
  • 1928
    Ion Mihai Pacepa, Romanian general
  • 1928
    Iry LeJeune, American musician (d. 1955)
  • 1929
    Joan Plowright, British actress
  • 1929
    John Hollander, American poet
  • 1929
    Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor (d. 1988)
  • 1930
    Bernie Ecclestone, English motorsports figure
  • 1932
    Spyros Kyprianou, Cyprian politician (d. 2002)
  • 1932
    Suzy Parker, American actress (d. 2003)
  • 1933
    Garrincha, Brazilian footballer (d. 1983)
  • 1935
    Alan Clarke, British film director (d. 1990)
  • 1936
    Carl Davis, American-born British conductor and composer
  • 1936
    Charlie Daniels, American musician
  • 1937
    Lenny Wilkens, American basketball player and coach
  • 1938
    Anne Perry, English-born novelist
  • 1938
    Dave Budd, American basketball player
  • 1938
    David Dimbleby, English television commentator
  • 1939
    Andy Bey, jazz singer and pianist
  • 1939
    Jane Alexander, American actress
  • 1939
    Miroslav Cerar, Yugoslav gymnast
  • 1940
    Susan Harris, American television writer and producer
  • 1941
    Curtis Lee, American singer
  • 1941
    Hank Marvin, English guitarist
  • 1941
    John Hallam, Irish actor (d. 2006)
  • 1942
    Kees Verkerk, Dutch speed skater
  • 1943
    Charo López, Spanish actress
  • 1943
    Conny Froboess, German singer
  • 1944
    Anton Schlecker, German businessman
  • 1944
    Coluche, French comedian and actor (d. 1986)
  • 1944
    Dennis Franz, American actor
  • 1945
    Elton Dean, English musician (Soft Machine) (d. 2006)
  • 1945
    Wayne Fontana, British singer (The Mindbenders)
  • 1946
    John Hewson, Australian politician
  • 1946
    Wim Jansen, Dutch footballer and coach
  • 1948
    Telma Hopkins, American singer and actress (Tony Orlando and Dawn)
  • 1949
    Bruce Jenner, American athlete
  • 1949
    Tracy Reed, American actress
  • 1950
    Ludo Delcroix, Belgian cyclist
  • 1950
    Sihem Bensedrine, Tunisian human rights activist
  • 1952
    Annie Potts, American actress
  • 1953
    Desmond Child, American songwriter
  • 1953
    Pierre Boivin, Canadian businessman and hockey executive
  • 1955
    Bill Gates, American software executive
  • 1955
    Indra Nooyi, Indian born American Corporate Leader, PepsiCo CEO
  • 1956
    Dave Wyndorf, American singer (Monster Magnet)
  • 1956
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian politician
  • 1956
    Volker Zotz, Austrian philosopher
  • 1957
    Stephen Morris, British musician (Joy Division and New Order)
  • 1957
    Zach Wamp, American politician
  • 1958
    Ashok Chavan, Indian politician
  • 1958
    William Reid, Scottish musician (The Jesus and Mary Chain)
  • 1959
    James Keelaghan, Canadian folk singer-songwriter
  • 1959
    Randy Wittman, American basketball player
  • 1960
    Landon Curt Noll, American computer scientist
  • 1960
    Mark Derwin, American actor
  • 1962
    Daphne Zuniga, American actress
  • 1962
    Erik Thorstvedt, Norwegian footballer
  • 1962
    Scotty Nguyen, Vietnamese-born American professional poker player
  • 1963
    Eros Ramazzotti, Italian singer
  • 1963
    James Miller, American parachutist and paraglider pilot (d. 2002)
  • 1963
    Lauren Holly, American actress
  • 1963
    Sheryl Underwood, American comedian
  • 1965
    Jami Gertz, American actress
  • 1966
    Andy Richter, American comedian and actor
  • 1966
    Aris Spiliotopoulos, Greek politician
  • 1966
    Steve Atwater, American football player
  • 1967
    John Romero, American video game designer
  • 1967
    Julia Roberts, American actress
  • 1967
    Kevin Macdonald, Scottish film director
  • 1967
    Monica Chan, Hong Kong actress and beauty pageant winner
  • 1967
    Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein
  • 1968
    Caitlin Cary, alt-country singer & violin player, former member of Whiskeytown
  • 1968
    Marc Lièvremont, French rugby union footballer and coach
  • 1969
    Ben Harper, American musician
  • 1969
    Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Puerto Rican screenwriter and producer
  • 1970
    Greg Eagles, American voice actor
  • 1971
    Leonidas Sabanis, Greek weightlifter
  • 1971
    Roxana Briban, Romanian Soprano
  • 1972
    Brad Paisley, American musician
  • 1972
    Terrell Davis, American football player
  • 1973
    Aleksandar Stanojević, Serbian football manager and former player
  • 1973
    Hassan Assad, American professional wrestler
  • 1974
    Braden Looper, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Dayanara Torres, Puerto Rican actress and beauty queen
  • 1974
    Dejan Stefanović, Serbian footballer
  • 1974
    Joaquin Phoenix, American actor
  • 1974
    Vicente Moreno, Spanish footballer
  • 1976
    Keiron Cunningham, Welsh rugby league player
  • 1976
    Simone Loria, Italian footballer
  • 1977
    Lauren Woodland, American actress
  • 1978
    Justin Guarini, American singer
  • 1978
    Marta Etura, Spanish actress
  • 1979
    Aki Hakala, Finnish musician
  • 1979
    Martin Škoula, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Alan Smith, English footballer
  • 1980
    Christy Hemme, American professional wrestler
  • 1980
    Dimitri Liakopoulos, Greek actor
  • 1980
    Kanzi, American bonobo
  • 1981
    Milan Baroš, Czech footballer
  • 1981
    Nate McLouth, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Nick Montgomery, English footballer
  • 1981
    Solomon Andargachew, Ethiopian footballer
  • 1982
    Anthony Lerew, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Jeremy Bonderman, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Mai Kuraki, Japanese singer
  • 1982
    Matt Smith, English actor
  • 1983
    Jarrett Jack, American basketball player
  • 1983
    Joe Thomas, English actor
  • 1984
    Bryn Evans, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1984
    Obafemi Martins, Nigerian footballer
  • 1985
    Troian Bellisario, American actress
  • 1986
    Anthony Griffith, English footballer
  • 1987
    Frank Ocean, American singer-songwriter
  • 1988
    Devon Murray, Irish singer and actor
  • 1992
    Lexi Ainsworth, American actress

Who Died On October 28?

  • 312
    Maxentius, Roman emperor (b. c.278)
  • 1225
    Jien, Japanese poet and historian (b. 1155)
  • 1312
    Queen Elisabeth of Tirol (b. 1262)
  • 1412
    Margaret I of Denmark, wife of Haakon VI of Norway (b. 1353)
  • 1485
    Rodolphus Agricola, Dutch humanist (b. 1443)
  • 1520
    Pier Gerlofs Donia, Frisian pirate (b. 1480)
  • 1568
    Ashikaga Yoshihide, Japanese shogun (b. 1539)
  • 1627
    Emperor Jahangir of India (b. 1569)
  • 1639
    Stefano Landi, Italian composer (b. 1587)
  • 1646
    William Dobson, English painter (b. 1610)
  • 1661
    Agustín Moreto y Cavana, Spanish playwright (b. 1518)
  • 1676
    Jean Desmarets, French writer (b. 1595)
  • 1703
    John Wallis, English mathematician (b. 1616)
  • 1704
    John Locke, English philosopher (b. 1632)
  • 1708
    Prince George of Denmark, consort of Anne of England (b. 1653)
  • 1716
    Stephen Fox, British politician (b. 1627)
  • 1740
    Empress Anna of Russia (b. 1693)
  • 1754
    Friedrich von Hagedorn, German poet (b. 1708)
  • 1755
    Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, French composer (b. 1689)
  • 1763
    Heinrich, count von Brühl, German statesman (b. 1700)
  • 1768
    Michel Blavet, French flutist (b. 1700)
  • 1792
    John Smeaton, British civil engineer (b. 1724)
  • 1792
    Paul Möhring, German physician and scientist (b. 1710)
  • 1800
    Artemas Ward, American politician and soldier (b. 1727)
  • 1806
    Charlotte Turner Smith, British poet and novelist (b. 1749)
  • 1818
    Abigail Adams, First Lady of the United States (b. 1744)
  • 1841
    Johan August Arfwedson, Swedish chemist (b. 1792)
  • 1857
    Louis Eugène Cavaignac, French soldier and politician (b. 1802)
  • 1877
    Robert Swinhoe, British naturalist (b. 1835)
  • 1879
    Marie Roch Louis Reybaud, French writer (b. 1799)
  • 1899
    Ottmar Mergenthaler, German-born inventor (b. 1854)
  • 1900
    Friedrich Max Müller, German-born orientalist (b. 1823)
  • 1914
    Richard Heuberger, Austrian composer, music critic and teacher (b. 1850)
  • 1916
    Cleveland Abbe, American meteorologist (b. 1838)
  • 1916
    Oswald Boelcke, German WWI pilot (b. 1891)
  • 1917
    Dimitrios Votsis, Greek politician (b. 1841)
  • 1917
    Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (b. 1831)
  • 1918
    Ulisse Dini, Italian mathematician (b. 1845)
  • 1929
    Bernhard von Bülow, German statesman (b. 1849)
  • 1939
    Alice Brady, American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1952
    Billy Hughes, Australian politician (b. 1862)
  • 1957
    Ernst Gräfenberg, German physician and scientist (b. 1881)
  • 1959
    Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary figure (b. 1932)
  • 1965
    Earl Bostic, American saxophonist (b. 1913)
  • 1969
    Constance Dowling, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 1970
    Baby Huey, American soul singer (b. 1944)
  • 1973
    Sergio Tofano, Italian actor (b. 1883)
  • 1973
    Taha Hussein, Egyptian writer (b. 1889)
  • 1975
    Georges Carpentier, French boxer (b. 1894)
  • 1975
    Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (b. 1932)
  • 1980
    Gregory Bateson, English anthropologist (b. 1904)
  • 1986
    John Braine, British novelist (b. 1922)
  • 1987
    André Masson, French artist (b. 1896)
  • 1989
    Henry Hall, British bandleader (b. 1898)
  • 1990
    Erich Göstl German WWII figure (b. 1925)
  • 1997
    Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 1998
    Ted Hughes, British poet (b. 1930)
  • 1999
    Antonis Katinaris, Greek musician (b. 1931)
  • 2000
    Andujar Cedeno, Dominican baseball player (b. 1969)
  • 2000
    Carlos Guastavino, Argentine composer (b. 1912)
  • 2000
    Lída Baarová, Czech actress (b. 1914)
  • 2001
    Gerard Hengeveld, Dutch composer (b. 1910)
  • 2002
    Erling Persson, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • 2002
    Margaret Booth, American film editor (b. 1898)
  • 2004
    Jimmy McLarnin, Northern Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)
  • 2005
    Bob Broeg, American sports writer (b. 1918)
  • 2005
    Eugene K. Bird, German prison director (b. 1926)
  • 2005
    Fernando Quejas, Cape Verdean singer and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Ljuba Tadić, Serbian actor (b. 1929)
  • 2005
    Raymond Hains, French artist (b. 1926)
  • 2005
    Richard Smalley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1943)
  • 2005
    Tony Jackson, American basketball player (b. 1942)
  • 2006
    Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2006
    Red Auerbach, American basketball coach and executive (b. 1917)
  • 2006
    Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (b. 1955)
  • 2007
    Jimmy Makulis, Greek singer (b. 1935)
  • 2007
    Porter Wagoner, American country singer (b. 1927)
  • 2010
    Ehud Netzer, Israeli archaeologist (b. 1934)
  • 2010
    Gerard Kelly, Scottish actor (b. 1959)
  • 2010
    James MacArthur, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 2010
    Jonathan Motzfeldt, Greenlander statesman (b. 1938)
  • 2010
    Liang Congjie, Chinese environmentalist (b. 1932)

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