October 28 in Pop Culture History

October 28th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

October 28th History Highlights

  • October 28, 1756 – Birthday (fictional) Alf, TV
  • October 28, 1846 – April 21, 1847, The Donner-Reed Party, a group of American pioneers who migrated to California in a wagon train from the Midwest.
    48 of 90 people survived.
  • 1886 – The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in NYC.
  • 1949 – Helen Anderson became for first American woman ambassador, to Denmark.
  • 1965 – Missouri’s Gateway Arch opened.
  • If you were born on October 28th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… February 4th (same year)

The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch National Park, formerly known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, stretches from the old courthouse to the steps over the Mississippi River erected by the National Park Service to mark the 150th anniversary of Jefferson’s first visit to St. Louis in 1804. High above the pioneering spirit of the bold monument, the archway embodies what can be learned about the history of the United States and the Missouri Valley in general, and Missouri in particular.

The arch was erected as a monument to the expansion of the United States to the west and represents the men and women who won the West and the latter – and are now striving for different borders. The memorial also includes the Old Courthouse, where the first two trials leading up to Dred Scott’s decision took place. Visitors can connect with more than 200 years of Missouri history in the newly expanded Gateway Arch Museum. Today, the archway celebrates the diverse people who have shaped the region and country.

The Donner Tragedy

American pioneers, led by George Donner and James F. Reed, set out in May 1846 with a California wagon, were the “Donner Party” (sometimes also called the Donners and Reed Party). After a series of mishaps and mistakes, their journey was delayed and they spent the winter from 1846/47 in the Sierra Nevada. The trip should have lasted four to six months, but the party was caught in unusually heavy snowfall in Nevada. Starvation let to cannibalism. When the survivors were rescued on April 21, 1847, 42 of 90 people had died, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

October 28th is…

Animation Day
Chocolate Day
Saint Jude’s Day
Wild Foods Day

October 28th Birthday Quotes

“The ability to grow is directly related to the amount of insecurity you can take in your life.”
– Caitlyn Jenner

“There is no such thing as a person that nothing has happened to, and each person’s story is as different as his fingertips.”
– Elsa Lanchester

“Solutions come through evolution. They come through asking the right questions because the answers pre-exist. It is the question that we must define and discover. You don’t invent the answer-you reveal the answer.”
– Jonas Salk

“Being a working mom is not easy. You have to be willing to screw up at every level.”
– Jami Gertz

“I am not in competition with anyone but myself. My goal is to improve myself continuously.”
– Bill Gates

“There’s a rivalry between the Harry Potter fans and the Twilight fans. And Twilight fans think they’re much cooler than the Harry Potter fans. And I’m like, I dunno why they’d all get their butts kicked by the Doctor Who fans.”
– Matt Smith

October 28th Birthdays

1793 – Eliphalet Remington, American businessman, founded Remington Arms (died in 1861)
1902 – Elsa Lanchester, English-American actress, Bride of Frankenstein (died in 1986)
1914 – Jonas Salk, American biologist, and physician, Polio Vaccine (died in 1995)
1932 – Suzy Parker, American model, and actress (died in 2003)
1936 – Charlie Daniels, American singer-songwriter and fiddle-player (died in 2020)
1949 – Caitlyn Jenner, American decathlete
1955 – Bill Gates, American businessman, and philanthropist, co-founded Microsoft
1965 – Jami Gertz, American actress
1966 – Andy Richter, American actor, sidekick
1967 – Julia Roberts, American actress
1972 – Trista Sutter, American reality star
1982 – Matt Smith, English actor, 11th Doctor
1998 – Nolan Gould, American actor

October 28th History

1420 – Beijing became officially designated the capital of the Ming dynasty in the same year that the Forbidden City, the seat of government, was completed.

1492 – Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba.

1636 – The Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony established the first college in what would become the United States, now known as Harvard University.

October 28, 1756 Birthday (fictional) Alf, TV

1886 – President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty, in New York Harbor.

1929 – “Black Monday” on Wall Street, preceding the Great Depression.

1943 – The supposed ‘Philadelphia Experiment,’ involving teleportation or invisibility by the US Navy, took place with the destroyer escort ship, the USS Eldridge. The US Navy maintains that no such experiment occurred and details of the story contradict ‘well-established facts about the Eldridge.’

1948 – Paul Müller was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for his discovery of the insecticidal properties of DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane).

1950 – The Jack Benny Show Premiered on CBS.

1962 – Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev ordered the removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba, ending the “Cuban Missle Crisis.”

1965 – Construction on the 650 foot high St. Louis Arch was completed.

1978 – #1 Hit October 28, 1978 – November 3, 1978: Nick Gilder – Hot Child in the City

October 27, 1992 – Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1 was released.

2006 – #1 Hit October 28, 2006 – November 10, 2006: Ludacris featuring Pharrell Williams – Money Maker

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The Capital of Haiti is Port-au-Prince

TV Quotes… “Hey HEY hey!” (Dwayne Nelson) on What’s Happening!!

Whenever I criticize someone’s grammar over the internet, I re-read my sentences over and over again, as I should.

I should start taking pamphlets to hand out any time I have to go to a place I know will be really crowded, not to support a cause or anything, just because I have a big personal bubble and everyone steers clear of the guy handing out pamphlets.

People rarely say “that’s just my luck” when something good happens.

GTA V made $1 Billion in just 3 days, making it the fastest-selling entertainment product in history (including ALL movies, music, and games).

“Tell me what you don’t like about yourself” – Dr. McNamara and Dr. Troy (Nip/Tuck)

Top Gun 2 should feature Maverick and Iceman as older commercial airline pilots with the plot focusing on their continued rivalry and subdued hateful interactions when they cross paths in airports.

US President #24 Grover Cleveland (1893-1897) Hey, wasn’t Grover Cleveland President US President #22? Yes, he was, but since Benjamin Harrison was US President #23, and Grover’s Reign wasn’t consecutive terms, he is the only President (so far) to count twice!

The 7 words that follow ‘primary(1), secondary(2), tertiary(3),’ are ‘quaternary(4),’ ‘quinary(5),’ ‘senary(6),’ ‘septenary(7),’ ‘octonary(8)’ ‘nonary(9),’ and ‘denary(10).’

The Capital of Guyana is Georgetown

“Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” – Jakie Rabinowitz/Jack Robin (Al Jolson) in The Jazz Singer, 1927

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