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

  • 1918
    A new Polish government in Western Galicia is established.
  • 1942
    The Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) is completed through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • 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
    Construction on the St. Louis Arch is completed.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    An Air China jetliner is hijacked by disgruntled pilot Yuan Bin and flown to Taiwan.
  • 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.

Who were born on October 28?

  • 1510
    Francis Borgia, Spanish duke and Jesuit priest (d. 1572)
  • 1667
    Maria Anna of Neuburg, second wife of Charles II of Spain (d. 1740)
  • 1767
    Queen Marie Sophie of Hesse-Kassel of Denmark and Norway (d. 1852)
  • 1945
    Wayne Fontana, British singer (The Mindbenders)
  • 1958
    Ashok Chavan, Indian politician
  • 1963
    Lauren Holly, American actress
  • 1967
    Kevin Macdonald, Scottish film director
  • 1971
    Roxana Briban, Romanian Soprano
  • 1980
    Kanzi, American bonobo
  • 1984
    Bryn Evans, New Zealand rugby player

Who died on October 28?

  • 1312
    Queen Elisabeth of Tirol (b. 1262)
  • 1792
    Paul Möhring, German physician and scientist (b. 1710)
  • 1806
    Charlotte Turner Smith, British poet and novelist (b. 1749)
  • 1957
    Ernst Gräfenberg, German physician and scientist (b. 1881)
  • 1959
    Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary figure (b. 1932)
  • 1965
    Earl Bostic, American saxophonist (b. 1913)
  • 1980
    Gregory Bateson, English anthropologist (b. 1904)
  • 2000
    Carlos Guastavino, Argentine composer (b. 1912)
  • 2004
    Jimmy McLarnin, Northern Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)
  • 2005
    Tony Jackson, American basketball player (b. 1942)

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