ON THIS DAY: October 28, 2016

October 28th is


International Animation Day *

International Bandana Day *

National Chocolate Day II

National Breadstick Day

Plush Animal Lover’s Day

St. Jude’s Day *


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Canada – Calgary AB:Cemetery of Soundinternational Flags

Czech Republic – Den vzniku samostatneho
ceskoslovenskeho statu (Independence Day) 
and in Praha: Bloody Sexy Halloweekend

Greece & Cyprus – Oxi Day *

South Africa – Port Elizabeth:
Banff Mountain Film Festival

United States – San Francisco:
Bah! Festival of Bad ad Hoc Hypotheses


On This Day in HISTORY

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


1538 – First university in the ‘New World’ (present-day Dominican Republic), the  Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, is established

1636 – New College is established by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony – it will be renamed Harvard in 1639

1793 – Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin


1886 – ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’ is dedicated by President Cleveland, and quickly becomes better-knows as ‘The Statue of Liberty’

1893 – Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducts the first public performance of his Symphony Number Six in B minor, “Pathetique”

1904 – The St. Louis Police Department begins using fingerprinting

1919 – The Volstead Act, also called the National Prohibition Act becomes law

1922 – Fascist Benito Mussolini takes control of Italy


1936 – The Statue of Liberty is rededicated by FDR on its 50th anniversary

1939 – Jane Alexander born, Tony Award winner, Two-time Emmy winner, Four-time Academy Award nominee, Director of the National Endowment for the Arts (1993-97)

1940 – Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas says, “No” to an ultimatum made by Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini demanding he allow Italian forces to occupy strategic locations in Greece or otherwise face war – celebrated in Greece and Cyprus as Oxi Day * (Greek for ‘no’ – pronounced ‘oh-hee’)


1949 – President Truman swears in Eugenie Moore Anderson  as U.S  ambassador o Denmark, the first American woman to become an ambassador

1956 – Elvis Presley’s song “Love Me Tender” became the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit, the first time a musician had back-to-back hits in the  No. 1 spot, because “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog” had been the previous No. 1 song for 11 weeks

1958 – Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli is elected Pope, taking the name John XXIII

1962 – Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informs U.S. President Kennedy that he  ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba

1963 – The Beach Boys release “Be True To Your School” in the U.S.

1965 – Pope Paul VI issues a decree absolving Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and the Gateway Arch is completed in St. Louis MO

1976 – John D. Erlichman, former aide to disgraced President Nixon, entered a federal prison camp to serve his sentence for Watergate-related convictions

1982 – Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev condemns the U.S. for arms buildup.
1983 – The U.S. vetoes a U.N. Security Council resolution “deeply deploring” the ongoing U.S.-led invasion of Grenada

1986 – The centennial of the Statue of Liberty is celebrated in New York


1991 – Metallica releases their single “The Unforgiven”

2000s – Australia’s youth group, CanTeen, starts Bandana Day * to support cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, on St. Jude’s Day, * patron saint of desperate causes

2002 – The International Film Association starts International Animation Day *

2014 – An unmanned Antares rocket carrying NASA’s Cygnus CRS Orb-3 resupply mission to the International Space Station explodes seconds after taking off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia




  • Animation Day header
  • International flags
  • The Forbidden City skyview
  • The Cotton Gin
  • Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), photo circa 1883 by Roger Viollet/Getty Images
  • Ioannis Metaxas
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Antares rocket 



About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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4 Responses to ON THIS DAY: October 28, 2016

  1. Since this is Animation Day, I found a remarkable animation to share. It is called, “Borrowed Time.”

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Thanks Chuck – beautifully made, but pretty gloomy.

      • It has an emotional impact. Made me react, and so full of metaphor that I had to watch it again. It speaks to a very dark place in me, so maybe the timing was right. I have been thinking about being on borrowed time for the past several years, but far more intensely the past year.

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