October 28 holidays in 2023

Holiday name Holiday location Holiday type
Ochi Day Cyprus National Holiday
Establishment of the Independent Czecho-Slovak State Slovakia Observance
The Ochi day Greece Public Holiday
Independent Czechoslovak State Day Czech Republic National Holiday
Republic Day Eve Turkey Half Day
International Animation Day - Unofficial (Art & Entertainment)
National Chocolate Day - Unofficial (Food & Drinks)
Make a Difference Day - Unofficial (Activity & Action)
Sharad Purnima - Hindu
Public Service Holiday Brazil Optional Holiday
National First Responders Day - Unofficial (Appreciation & Honor, Work & Occupation)
Plush Animal Lover’s Day - Unofficial (Fun & Joy)
National Immigrants Day United States Unofficial (Culture & History)
National Hug A Sheep Day - Unofficial (Animals)

Historical Events on October 28

  • 1344: Crusaders capture the town of Smyrna.
  • 1420: Beijing is announced as the officially capital of the Ming Dynasty.
  • 1492: On his first voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus lands in Cuba.
  • 1538: In what is now the Dominican Republic, the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino is founded, making it the first university in the New World.
  • 1636: The first college in what would become the United States is established by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. This university is currently known as Harvard University.
  • 1864: After failing to pierce Confederate defenses around Richmond, Virginia, General Ulysses S. Grant leads his Union forces on a withdrawal from the area. This ends the Battle of Fair Oaks & Darbytown Road.
  • 1893: In St. Petersburg, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor receives its premier performance.
  • 1940: Italy invades Greece, thereby pulling the country into World War II.
  • 1956: Elvis Presley gets vaccinated for polio on national television. This act is credited with raising immunization levels by over 133%.
  • 1995: The deadliest subway disaster in history – the Baku Metro Fire – kills 289 people and injured another 265.
  • 2009: NASA launches the Ares I-X Mission on this day.

Famous Birthdays on October 28

  • American biologist, physician and inventor of the polio vaccine, Jonas Salk is born in 1914.
  • English actress Pearl Hackney is born in 1916.
  • American actor John Connell is born in 1923.
  • American businessman and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates is born in 1955.
  • American author Gary Lavergne is born in 1955.
  • English drummer Stephen Morris is born in 1957.
  • American computer scientist Landon Curt Noll is born in 1960.
  • American actress Daphne Zuniga is born in 1962.
  • American-Canadian actress Lauren Holly is born in 1963.
  • American comedian and actress Sheryl Underwood is born in 1963.
  • American actress Jami Gertz is born in 1965.
  • Scottish screenwriter and director, Kevin Macdonald is born in 1967.
  • American actress Julia Roberts is born in 1967.
  • American video game designer and co-founder of Id Software, John Romero is born in 1967.

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