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Notable Historical Events for October 28th

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

1954Nobel prize for literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway

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).

1940Meeting between Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Florence

1936FDR rededicates Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary

1492Christopher Columbus discovers Cuba and claims it for Spain

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

306Mark Aurelius Valerius Maxentius proclaimed emperor of Rome

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

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

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Notable Birthdays on October 28th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on October 28th

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

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

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Notable Deaths on October 28th

1998Ted Hughes, British Poet Laureate dies aged 68

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

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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