28 OCTOBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Desiderius Erasmus, 1467
  • Escoffier, 1846
  • Elsa Lanchester, 1902
  • Evelyn Waugh, 1903
  • Edith Head, 1907
  • Francis Bacon, 1909
  • Jonas Salk, 1914
  • Joan Plowright, 1929
  • Suzy Parker, 1933
  • Charlie Daniels, 1936
  • Jane Alexander, 1939
  • Randy Newman, 1943
  • Dennis Franz, 1944
  • Bruce Jenner, 1949
  • Annie Potts, 1954
  • Bill Gates, 1955
  • Julia Roberts, 1967

Died On This Day:

  • Alfred the Great, AD 901
  • Queen Margaret Denmrk/Norwy/Swedn, 1412
  • John Locke, 1704
  • Abigail Adams, 1818
  • Doris Duke, 1993
  • Ted Hughes, 1998
  • 'Red' Auerbach, 2006
  • James MacArthur, 2010

Today's Events:

  • 4004 BC - Adam and Eve born on a Friday according to Irish Archbishop James Ussher.
  • 1216 - Nine year-old Henry III crowned King of England succeeding King John; to reign for 56 years.
  • 1492 - Columbus discovers Cuba.
  • 1636 - Harvard University founded at Cambridge, Mass. but not named Harvard for another three years.
  • 1726 - "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift is published anonymously in England.
  • 1776 - George Washington retreats to New Jersey as British win Battle of White Plains.
  • 1886 - Statue of Liberty dedicated by President Grover Cleveland; Chauncey Depew is principal speaker.
  • 1901 - Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show train collides head first with another killing many animals and people.
  • 1929 - Biggest one day loss as Dow Jones plunges 12.8% as tomorrow starts Great Depression
  • 1929 - First baby born in an airplane-a girl born to Mrs. T.W. Evans over Miami, FL.
  • 1938 - 17,000 Polish Jews arrested and forced to cross Polish-German border; Polish border guards send them back; stalemate for days in rain until Poles finally allow Jews into refugee camp.
  • 1962 - Cuban missile crisis ends as Russian premier Nikita Khrushchev agrees to pull missiles out of Cuba.
  • 1963 - Pennsylvania station NY demolished; makes way for Madison Square Garden & 33 story skyscraper.
  • 1965 - St. Louis's Gateway Arch, world's tallest monument by architect Eero Saarinen, completed.
  • 1983 - 7.2 earthquake hits Northwestern states and Canada.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Faro
  • Jude and Simon
  • Demetrius of Rostov

Holiday:

  • Day of Hathor Egyptian form of Venus
  • Independence Day Czechoslovakia (1918)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • CHUSOK (Korea) on day of full moon of eighth lunar month.
  • DURGA-PUJA (Hindu festival of Goddess Durga)
  • PITRA PASKSHA and AMAVASYA, Hindu Feast of the Dead.
  • LAKSHMI PUJA, Hindu Festival of the Goddess of Fortune
  • CHUNG CHI'U CHIEH (Chinese mid-autumn festival) 15th day of 8th lunar month.
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • RAMADAN, Muslim holy month
  • CHILD HEALTH DAY - first Monday in October in USA
  • COLUMBUS DAY - first Monday in October
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - last Sunday in October set clocks back
  • MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY - celebrated fourth Sunday in October in US
  • NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY - second Sunday in October in USA
  • THANKSGIVING DAY IN CANADA - second Monday in October

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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