What Happened on October 28

Historical Events

  • 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.
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Oct 28 in Film & TV

  • 1941 "How Green Was My Valley" based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, directed by John Ford and starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara premieres in New York (Best Picture 1942)

Oct 28 in Music

  • 1961 "Fiorello!" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC starring Tom Bosley after 796 performances and a Pulitzer Prize

Oct 28 in Sport

  • 1900 II Summer (Modern) Olympic Games, Paris, France: competition ends after 5 months; no opening or closing ceremonies conducted

Did You Know?

Statue of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City

On October 28, 1886

Would You Believe?

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

Famous Weddings

  • 1533 Prince Henry of France (later Henry II) (14) marries Florentine noblewoman Catherine de' Medici (14) in Marseille
  • 1648 Future Governor of New France Louis de Buade de Frontenac (28) secretly marries fellow aristocrat Anne de La Grange-Trianon (16)
  • 1863 Painter Edouard Manet (31) weds Suzanne Leenhoff (34)

Famous Divorces

  • 2022 Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen (42) and American NFL quarterback Tom Brady (45) announce they have divorced after 13 years of marriage

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