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October 28 Historical Events

The following events took place on October 28. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 56 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 97
    Emperor Nerva is forced by the Praetorian Guard to adopt general Marcus Ulpius Trajanus as his heir and successor.
  • 306
    Maxentius is proclaimed Roman emperor.
  • 312
    Battle of the Milvian Bridge: Constantine I defeats Maxentius, becoming the sole Roman emperor in the West.
  • 456
    The Visigoths brutally sack the Suebi’s capital of Braga (Portugal), and the town’s churches are burnt to the ground.
  • 969
    Byzantine general Michael Bourtzes seizes one of Antioch’s main wall towers, which he defends against repeated attacks for three days until the reinforcements led by the stratopedarches Peter arrive and secure the city for the Byzantines.
  • 1061
    Empress Agnes, acting as regent for her son, brings about the election of bishop Cadalus, the antipope Honorius II.
  • 1344
    The lower town of Smyrna is captured by Crusaders.
  • 1420
    Beijing is officially designated the capital of the Ming dynasty on the same year that the Forbidden City, the seat of government, is completed.
  • 1449
    Christian I is crowned king of Denmark.
  • 1492
    Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba on his first voyage to the New World.
  • 1516
    Battle of Yaunis Khan: Turkish forces under the Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha defeat the Mamluks near Gaza.
  • 1531
    Battle of Amba Sel: Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi again defeats the army of Lebna Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia. The southern part of Ethiopia falls under Imam Ahmad’s control.
  • 1538
    The first university in the New World (in present-day Dominican Republic), the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, is established.
  • 1628
    French Wars of Religion: The Siege of La Rochelle, which had lasted for 14 months, ends with the surrender of the Huguenots.
  • 1636
    A vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony establishes the first college in what would become the United States, today known as Harvard University.
  • 1664
    The Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot, later to be known as the Royal Marines, is established.
  • 1707
    The 1707 Hōei earthquake causes more than 5,000 deaths in Honshu, Shikoku and Kyūshū, Japan
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: A British proclamation forbids residents from leaving Boston.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of White Plains: British Army forces arrive at White Plains, attack and capture Chatterton Hill from the Americans.
  • 1834
    The Pinjarra massacre occurred in the Swan River Colony at present-day Pinjarra, Western Australia. An estimated 30 Noongar people were killed by British colonists.
  • 1835
    The United Tribes of New Zealand is established with the signature of the Declaration of Independence.
  • 1848
    The first railroad in Spain between Barcelona and Mataró is opened.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Battle of Fair Oaks & Darbytown Road (also known as the Second Battle of Fair Oaks) ends: Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant withdraw from Fair Oaks, Virginia, after failing to breach the Confederate defenses around Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1886
    In New York Harbor, President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty. The first ticker tape parade takes place in New York City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets as the statue is dedicated.
  • 1891
    The Mino–Owari earthquake, the largest inland earthquake in Japan’s history, strikes Gifu Prefecture.
  • 1893
    Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathétique, receives its première performance in St. Petersburg, only nine days before the composer’s death.
  • 1904
    Panama and Uruguay establish diplomatic links.
  • 1915
    Richard Strauss conducts the first performance of his tone poem Eine Alpensinfonie in Berlin.
  • 1918
    World War I: Czechoslovakia is granted independence from Austria-Hungary marking the beginning of an independent Czechoslovak state, after 300 years.
  • 1918
    A new Polish government in Western Galicia is established.

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