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, 24,626,880 minutes 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1848
    The first railroad in Spain – between Barcelona and Mataró – is opened.
  • 1942
    The Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) is completed through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • 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.

Who were born on October 28?

  • 1793
    Eliphalet Remington, American firearms manufacturer (d. 1861)
  • 1907
    John Hewitt, Northern Irish poet (d. 1987)
  • 1922
    Butch van Breda Kolff, American basketball coach (d. 2007)
  • 1927
    Cleo Laine, British singer
  • 1938
    Dave Budd, American basketball player
  • 1968
    Caitlin Cary, alt-country singer & violin player, former member of Whiskeytown
  • 1973
    Aleksandar Stanojević, Serbian football manager and former player
  • 1974
    Braden Looper, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Keiron Cunningham, Welsh rugby league player
  • 1980
    Kanzi, American bonobo

Who died on October 28?

  • 1708
    Prince George of Denmark, consort of Anne of England (b. 1653)
  • 1763
    Heinrich, count von Brühl, German statesman (b. 1700)
  • 1806
    Charlotte Turner Smith, British poet and novelist (b. 1749)
  • 1841
    Johan August Arfwedson, Swedish chemist (b. 1792)
  • 1917
    Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (b. 1831)
  • 2000
    Andujar Cedeno, Dominican baseball player (b. 1969)
  • 2000
    Lída Baarová, Czech actress (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    Raymond Hains, French artist (b. 1926)
  • 2005
    Richard Smalley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1943)
  • 2007
    Porter Wagoner, American country singer (b. 1927)

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