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What are the important events that happened on October 28? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 28: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 28 is the 302nd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 64 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 15, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,477,612,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectadigon’ day.

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Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 92 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,407 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 28 Historical Events

  • 1516
    Battle of Yaunis Khan: Turkish forces under the Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha defeat the Mameluks near Gaza.
  • 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.
  • 1886
    In New York Harbor, President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty.
  • 1965
    Construction on the St. Louis Arch is completed.
  • 2009
    NASA successfully launches the Ares I-X mission, the only rocket launch for its later-cancelled Constellation program.

Who were born on October 28?

  • 1879
    Channing H. Cox, American politician (d. 1968)
  • 1912
    Richard Doll, English epidemiologist (d. 2005)
  • 1938
    Anne Perry, English-born novelist
  • 1956
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian politician
  • 1967
    Monica Chan, Hong Kong actress and beauty pageant winner

Who died on October 28?

  • 1676
    Jean Desmarets, French writer (b. 1595)
  • 2002
    Erling Persson, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • 2005
    Eugene K. Bird, German prison director (b. 1926)
  • 2010
    Jonathan Motzfeldt, Greenlander statesman (b. 1938)
  • 2010
    Liang Congjie, Chinese environmentalist (b. 1932)

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