- 1492 Christopher Columbus sights Cuba and claims it for Spain under the name "Juana"
- 1538 The first university in the New World, the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, is established on Hispaniola
- 1746 Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao demolished by earthquake, 18,000 die
- 1904 St Louis police try a new investigation method - fingerprints
- 1919 Volstead Act passed by US Congress, establishing prohibition, despite President Woodrow Wilson's veto
- 1924 Miner M.de Bruin discovers the infant fossil skull, "Taung child" in a lime quarry in Taung, South Africa. Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart identifies the fossil as a new hominin species, Australopithecus africanus.
Statue of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City
On October 28, 1886
Research indicating Plague dates back to the Bronze age in skeletons 5,783 years old, published by University of Copenhagen team in "Cell"
On October 28, 2015