This Day in History on 28 October

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 28 October. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

International Animation Day (ASIFA)

Important Events

1420: Beijing had officially named the capital of the Ming Dynasty.

1490: Christopher Columbus arrived in Cuba after his first voyage.

1627: Jahangir, Mughal emperor, weak from asthma and no food, died at Bhimghar near Kashmir. He was buried at Shahdara (Lahore) on the banks of the Ravi. During his last days, he remained in the custody of Aurangzeb.

1636: Establishment of Harvard University in the United States.

1811: Yashwantrao Holkar, a diplomat of Peshwa kingdom, died.

1867: Swami Vivekanand Sister Nivedita, great freedom fighter, revolutionary and politician, was born at Dunganon in Ireland.

1886: France presented the Statue of Liberty to America as a token of friendship.

1888: Gandhiji reaches London. Lives on vegatarian diet. Takes lessons in dancing and music for a short time, thinking they are necessary parts of a gentleman’s equipment.

1904: Political relations were established between Panama and Uruguay.

1913: Jain Shwetambar Terapanthi Sabha was established.

1922: Fascists in Italy, led by Benito Mussolini, overthrow the government in Rome.

1940: In World War II, Italy invaded Greece.

1947: Sheikh Mohammad Abdulla invited to form an interim government in J&K.

1962: Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union, announced that his country will withdraw nuclear missiles deployed in Sadi, Cuba, targeted by the US.

1962: US pledges to rush arms to India.

1964: Padmabhushan Vaikunthbhai Mehta, famous Gandhian leader, passed away.

1969: Tarapur Atomic Power Station started.

1981: Underground Metro Train Compartments were tested on trial basis at Calcutta.

1984: Federal agents early this morning caught Guru Shree Rajneesh trying to flee the country. Rajneesh was charged with violating immigration laws and arranging phoney marriages for his cult members. The religious leader was nabbed at Charlotte, North Carolina airport when his jet, bound for Bermuda, touched down for re-fueling. The Bhagwan ran a commune of about 1,500 people in Oregon. Thousands more cult members live in Rajneesh’s native land India and other countries. He knew the federal government had no faith in him after his chief adviser, a woman named Ma Anand Sheela, was arrested in West Germany for several minor offenses. Rajneesh appeared in court on this date clad in a lavender robe.

1991: Chruchill Alemao of Goa set free by court.

1992: Karnataka government withdraws order allowing nine private organisations to start capitation fee for engineering colleges.

1997: Cabinet permits RBI to issue rupee notes of 1000 denomination.

1997: Gold import placed under Open General Licence.

2000: The Royal Canadian Mounted police arrest two Sikhs, Ripudaman Singh Malik (53) and Ajaib Singh Bagri (51), in Vancouver in connection with the downing of Air India Boeing 747 en route from Canada to London in 1985.

Indra Nooyi, Indian-American businesswoman
Indra Nooyi, Indian-American businesswoman

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1867: Margaret Nobel Sister Nivedita, a disciple of Swami Vivekananda.

1886: O.G. S. Crawford, British archaeologist 

1911: Mutyalswami Muniswami Naidu, cricket Test umpire, one test in 1951-52, was born at Vadodara, Gujarat.

1928: M.G.K. Menon, Physics expert, was born.

1930: Anjaan, a famous lyricist in the Hindi cinema.

1955: Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.

1955: Indra Nooyi, Indian-American businesswoman

1956: Mohammad Ahmadinejad, the 6th President of Iran.

1958: Ashok Chavan, Indian businessman and politician, 16th Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Ashok Chavan, politician
Ashok Chavan, politician

1963: Urjit Patel, an Indian economist, who served as the 24th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

1967: Julia Roberts, American actress.

1969: Leena Nair, the first female, first Asian, youngest ever Chief Human Resource Officer of Unilever and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive.

1974: Joaquin Rafael Phoenix, an American actor, environmentalist, animal rights activist, and producer.

1979: Jawed Karim, co-founder of YouTube, and the first person to upload a video on youtube.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1627: Jahangir, 4th Mughal Emperor.

1811: Yashwantrao Holkar, a diplomat of Peshwa kingdom, died.

Rajendra Yadav, Indian author
Rajendra Yadav, Indian author

1900: Max Müller, a German-born philologist and Orientalist.

1944: Helen White, the first American woman to receive a doctorate.

1964: Padmabhushan Vaikunthbhai Mehta, famous Gandhian leader, passed away.

1977: Shantiprasad Jain, industrialist, died.

1997: Dr. V. Doreswamy Iyengar (77), Veena maestro, a household name among Carnatic music lovers, passed away in Bangalore.

1998: Ghulam Ahmed, former Indian cricket captain, died in Hyderabad.

1998: Thomas Harold Flowers, an English engineer with the British General Post Office.

1999: Rafael Alberti Merello, a Spanish poet.

2002: Erling Persson, founder of H&M.

2010: Jonathan Motzfeldt, Greenland’s first prime minister.

2013: Rajendra Yadav, Indian author (b. 1929)

Further Reading

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