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

  • 1516
    Battle of Yaunis Khan: Turkish forces under the Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha defeat the Mameluks near Gaza.
  • 1538
    The first university in the New World, the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, is established.
  • 1664
    The Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot, later to be known as the Royal Marines, is established.
  • 1707
    The 1707 Hōei earthquake causes more than 5,000 deaths in Honshu, Shikoku and Kyūshū, Japan
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of White Plains – British Army forces arrive at White Plains, attack and capture Chatterton Hill from the Americans.
  • 1886
    In New York Harbor, President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty.
  • 1918
    A new Polish government in Western Galicia is established.
  • 1919
    The U.S. Congress passes the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto, paving the way for Prohibition to begin the following January.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1466
    Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, Dutch theologian and Catholic priest (d. 1536)
  • 1839
    Edward P. Allen, American politician (d. 1909)
  • 1930
    Bernie Ecclestone, English motorsports figure
  • 1941
    Curtis Lee, American singer
  • 1944
    Coluche, French comedian and actor (d. 1986)
  • 1968
    Marc Lièvremont, French rugby union footballer and coach
  • 1970
    Greg Eagles, American voice actor
  • 1976
    Simone Loria, Italian footballer
  • 1980
    Kanzi, American bonobo
  • 1982
    Mai Kuraki, Japanese singer

Who died on October 28?

  • 1704
    John Locke, English philosopher (b. 1632)
  • 1716
    Stephen Fox, British politician (b. 1627)
  • 1740
    Empress Anna of Russia (b. 1693)
  • 1857
    Louis Eugène Cavaignac, French soldier and politician (b. 1802)
  • 1877
    Robert Swinhoe, British naturalist (b. 1835)
  • 1917
    Dimitrios Votsis, Greek politician (b. 1841)
  • 1965
    Earl Bostic, American saxophonist (b. 1913)
  • 1990
    Erich Göstl German WWII figure (b. 1925)
  • 2005
    Fernando Quejas, Cape Verdean singer and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Red Auerbach, American basketball coach and executive (b. 1917)

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