October 28: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, October 28, 1858, Macy's opened their first department store in New York?

October 28th is the day we officially celebrate Plush Animal Lover’s Day and International Animation Day.

Welcome to the 301st day of the year! We’re rapidly approaching the end of the year, but first, who’s excited for Halloween 2023?.

Find out the most need-to-know facts and historical events that all occurred on this unique day – October 28th.

Did you know that on this day in 1858, Macy’s opened their first department store in New York? On their first day of business, the company made $11.08, equivalent to $326.82 in today’s money.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about October 28th in history!

What Events Happened On October 28 In History?

2019 Forty-two people were buried alive in a landslide in Bafoussam, Cameroon.

OTD in 2019: Forty-two people were buried alive in a landslide in Bafoussam

2015 The World Health Organization ranked Tuberculosis as deadly as HIV in its list of the world’s most deadly diseases.

1992 Lee Jang Rim, the founder of the Dami Mission Christian Movement in South Korea, declared that the world would end.

The world didn't end, and he was later convicted for stealing millions from his followers.

1986 The Statue of Liberty celebrated its 100th birthday.

OTD in 1986: The Statue of Liberty celebrated its 100th birthday.

1971 Prospero became the first British satellite to have been launched successfully by a British rocket.

1962 The Cuban Missile Crisis Ended.

After thirteen of the tensest days of the Cold War, the Soviet Union announced it would dismantle the ballistic missiles it had placed in Cuba. In return, the United States agreed not to invade Cuba again.

1954 Writer Ernest Miller Hemingway won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

1904 Fingerprinting was first officially used in the US in a St. Louis police department.

1858 Macy’s Department Store first opened.

1811 Prince Regent George Augustus Frederick purchased the first copy of Jane Austen’s novel “Sense and Sensibility.”

1726 English literature classic Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift was published.

1538 The Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino was founded in the Dominican Republic.

It was the first higher education institution formed in the New World; however, it wasn't officially recognized until 1558. The University still functions and is called the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo.

1492 Explorer Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba.

OTD in 1492: Explorer Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba.

He claimed it for Spain and called it Juana.

306 AD Maxentius became a Roman emperor, until his death exactly six years later.

Famous People Born On October 28

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Julia Roberts? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1955 Bill Gates

American Business Magnate

Bill Gates
67 years old
Born In:
Washington, USA
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1949 Caitlyn Jenner

American Media Personality

Caitlyn Jenner
73 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

1967 Julia Roberts

American Actress

Julia Roberts
55 years old
Born In:
Georgia, USA

1982 Matt Smith

English Actor

Matt Smith
40 years old
Born In:
England, UK

Special Holidays On October 28

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

October 28: Plush Animal Lover's Day

Plush Animal Lover’s Day

If you ever got out all your plush toys and played imaginary games with them or just enjoyed collecting them all on your shelf, then today is a day for you! Plush Animal Lover’s Day is the perfect opportunity to embrace your inner child, so get your plushies out today and have a play!

October 28: International Animation Day

International Animation Day

Today in 1892, Charles-Émile Reynaud publicly presented the world’s first animation, “Pantomimes Lumineuses.” Today we honor this first attempt and all forms of animation made since, so pick out your favorite cartoon and watch it as much as you want today!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Coconut farmers in Thailand train macaques to harvest coconuts. Humans can harvest around 100 coconuts per day, while macaques can harvest up to 1600.

October 28 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on October 28 shares the same star sign, Scorpio.

Scorpios are often misunderstood due to their harsh and fiery nature. However, they’re actually highly emotional and crave intimacy.

People born during October have the Pink Tourmaline birthstone. Ancient Egyptians believed that tourmaline came in so many different colors because it traveled across a rainbow during its creation, picking up all of its colors along the way.

If you were born on October 28th, your estimated date of conception would be February 4th in the same year.

A baby that is conceived on October 28th, 2023, will likely be due next year around July 21st.

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