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Notable Historical Events for October 28th

1886Statue of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City

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

306Mark Aurelius Valerius Maxentius proclaimed emperor of Rome

1928Bradman scores 131 NSW v Queensland, 212 mins, 14 fours

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

1978Bobby Orr scores his last career NHL goal (vs Detroit Red Wings)

1922Benito Mussolini takes control of Italy's government

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

1793Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin

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Notable Birthdays on October 28th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on October 28th

1863Painter Edouard Manet (31) weds Suzanne Leenhoff (34)

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

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Notable Deaths on October 28th

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

1998Ted Hughes, British Poet Laureate dies aged 68

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

2006Red Auerbach, American basketball coach and executive, dies of a heart attack at 89

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