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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, 410,448 hours 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

  • 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.
  • 1915
    Richard Strauss conducts the first performance of his tone poem Eine Alpensinfonie in Berlin.
  • 1918
    World War I: Czechoslovakia is granted independence from Austria-Hungary marking the beginning of an independent Czechoslovak state, after 300 years.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    An Air China jetliner is hijacked by disgruntled pilot Yuan Bin and flown to Taiwan.

Who were born on October 28?

  • 1864
    Adolfo Camarillo, American-born Mexican land owner and rancher (d. 1958)
  • 1936
    Carl Davis, American-born British conductor and composer
  • 1946
    Wim Jansen, Dutch footballer and coach
  • 1983
    Jarrett Jack, American basketball player
  • 1985
    Troian Bellisario, American actress

Who died on October 28?

  • 1708
    Prince George of Denmark, consort of Anne of England (b. 1653)
  • 1899
    Ottmar Mergenthaler, German-born inventor (b. 1854)
  • 1917
    Dimitrios Votsis, Greek politician (b. 1841)
  • 2002
    Margaret Booth, American film editor (b. 1898)
  • 2007
    Porter Wagoner, American country singer (b. 1927)

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