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Notable Historical Events for October 28th

1936FDR rededicates Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary

1924M.de Bruin, a quarry man and miner, discovers an infant fossil skull in a lime quarry in Taung, South Africa. Popularly known as the Taung child, Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart identifies the fossil as a new hominin species called Australopithecus africanus (The Southern Africa Ape).

312Emperor Constantine the Great beats rival Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge

2001The indie cult hit "Donnie Darko", starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is released

1793Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin

1958Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, elected Pope, taking name John XXIII

1954Nobel prize for literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway

306Mark Aurelius Valerius Maxentius proclaimed emperor of Rome

1893Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducts first performance of his Symphony Number Six in B minor, "Pathetique"

1962Cuban missile crisis: US President Kennedy receives letter from Soviet Leaderr Khrushchev suggesting agreement

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Notable Birthdays on October 28th

1967Julia Roberts, Smyrna Georgia, actress (Mystic Pizza, Pretty Woman)

1955Bill Gates [William Henry], Seattle Wash, billionaire founder/CEO (Microsoft)

1914Jonas Salk, NYC, medical reseacher (polio vaccine)

1937Lenny Wilkens, Brooklyn New York, NBA Point Guard and Head Coach (Seattle SuperSonics)

1956Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Aradan, Iran, President of Iran (2005-)

1466Desiderius Erasmus, Holland, humanist and theologian (The Praise of Folly), (d. 1536)

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Notable Weddings on October 28th

2004Economist Joseph E. Stiglitz (61) weds professor Anya Schiffrin (41) at the Municipal Building in New York

1533Prince Henry of France (later Henry II) (14) marries Florentine noblewoman Catherine de' Medici (14)

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Notable Deaths on October 28th

312Maxentius, Roman emperor (306-312), drowns at the Battle of Milvian Bridge at 34

1998Ted Hughes, British Poet Laureate dies aged 68

1704John Locke, English philosopher (2 treatises of government), dies at 72

1818Abigail Adams, 2nd first lady (1797-1801), dies of typhoid fever at 73

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