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Notable Historical Events for October 28th

1793Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin

1922Benito Mussolini takes control of Italy's government

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

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).

1936FDR rededicates Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary

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

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

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

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

1940Meeting between Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Florence

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Notable Birthdays on October 28th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on October 28th

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

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

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

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

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

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