About October 28

October 28, 2020 is the 302nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 64 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Scorpio is the sun 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 107 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 28

  • 97
    Emperor Nerva is forced by the Praetorian Guard, to adopt general Marcus Ulpius Trajanus as his heir and successor.
  • 312
    Battle of Milvian Bridge: Constantine I defeats Maxentius, becoming the sole Roman Emperor.
  • 1531
    Battle of Amba Sel: Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi again defeats the army of Lebna Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia. The southern part of Ethiopia falls under Imam Ahmad’s control.
  • 1628
    The Siege of La Rochelle, which had lasted for 14 months, ends with the surrender of the Huguenots.
  • 1636
    A vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony establishes the first college in what would become the United States, today known as Harvard University.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: A British proclamation forbids residents from leaving Boston.
  • 1834
    The Battle of Pinjarra is fought in the Swan River Colony in present-day Pinjarra, Western Australia. Between 14 and 40 Aborigines are killed by British colonists.
  • 1835
    The United Tribes of New Zealand is established with the signature of the Declaration of Independence.
  • 1848
    The first railroad in Spain – between Barcelona and Mataró – is opened.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Battle of Fair Oaks & Darbytown Road (also known as the Second Battle of Fair Oaks) ends – Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant withdraw from Fair Oaks, Virginia, after failing to breach the Confederate defenses around Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1886
    In New York Harbor, President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty.
  • 1891
    The Mino-Owari earthquake, the largest inland earthquake in Japan’s history, strikes Gifu Prefecture.
  • 1918
    A new Polish government in Western Galicia is established.
  • 1928
    Declaration of the Youth Pledge in Indonesia, the first time Indonesia Raya, now the national anthem, was sung.
  • 1942
    The Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) is completed through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • 1948
    Swiss chemist Paul Müller is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the insecticidal properties of DDT.
  • 1964
    Vietnam War: U.S. officials deny any involvement in bombing North Vietnam.
  • 1965
    Nostra Aetate, the “Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions” of the Second Vatican Council, is promulgated by Pope Paul VI; it absolves the Jews of responsibility for the death of Jesus, reversing Innocent III’s 760 year-old declaration.
  • 1971
    Britain launches the satellite Prospero into low Earth orbit atop a Black Arrow carrier rocket, the only British satellite to date launched by a British rocket.
  • 2005
    Plame affair: Lewis Libby, Vice-president Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, is indicted in the Valerie Plame case. Libby resigns later that day.

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