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

  • 306
    Maxentius is proclaimed Roman Emperor.
  • 312
    Battle of Milvian Bridge: Constantine I defeats Maxentius, becoming the sole Roman Emperor.
  • 1835
    The United Tribes of New Zealand is established with the signature of the Declaration of Independence.
  • 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.
  • 1891
    The Mino-Owari earthquake, the largest inland earthquake in Japan’s history, strikes Gifu Prefecture.
  • 1928
    Declaration of the Youth Pledge in Indonesia, the first time Indonesia Raya, now the national anthem, was sung.
  • 1940
    World War II: Greece rejects Italy’s ultimatum. Italy invades Greece through Albania, marking Greece’s entry into World War II.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1510
    Francis Borgia, Spanish duke and Jesuit priest (d. 1572)
  • 1839
    Edward P. Allen, American politician (d. 1909)
  • 1891
    Ormer Locklear, American movie stunt pilot (d. 1920)
  • 1914
    Jonas Salk, American biologist and physician (d. 1995)
  • 1937
    Lenny Wilkens, American basketball player and coach
  • 1959
    James Keelaghan, Canadian folk singer-songwriter
  • 1960
    Landon Curt Noll, American computer scientist
  • 1963
    Lauren Holly, American actress
  • 1972
    Brad Paisley, American musician
  • 1980
    Alan Smith, English footballer

Who died on October 28?

  • 1412
    Margaret I of Denmark, wife of Haakon VI of Norway (b. 1353)
  • 1703
    John Wallis, English mathematician (b. 1616)
  • 1900
    Friedrich Max Müller, German-born orientalist (b. 1823)
  • 1918
    Ulisse Dini, Italian mathematician (b. 1845)
  • 1929
    Bernhard von Bülow, German statesman (b. 1849)
  • 1969
    Constance Dowling, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 1975
    Georges Carpentier, French boxer (b. 1894)
  • 1999
    Antonis Katinaris, Greek musician (b. 1931)
  • 2000
    Carlos Guastavino, Argentine composer (b. 1912)
  • 2010
    Ehud Netzer, Israeli archaeologist (b. 1934)

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