Today is Monday, Oct. 28, the 301st day of 2019. There are 64 days left in the year.
On Oct. 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.
On this date
In 1726, the original edition of "Gulliver's Travels," a satirical novel by Jonathan Swift, was first published in London.
In 1858, Rowland Hussey Macy opened his first New York store at Sixth Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan.
In 1922, fascism came to Italy as Benito Mussolini took control of the government.
In 1940, Italy invaded Greece during World War II.
In 1962, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informed the United States that he had ordered the dismantling of missile bases in Cuba; in return, the U.S. secretly agreed to remove nuclear missiles from U.S. installations in Turkey.
In 1965, Pope Paul VI issued a Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions which, among other things, absolved Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
In 1976, former Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman entered a federal prison camp in Safford, Arizona, to begin serving his sentence for Watergate-related convictions (he was released in April 1978).
In 2002, American diplomat Laurence Foley was assassinated in front of his house in Amman, Jordan, in the first such attack on a U.S. diplomat in decades.
In 2013, Penn State said it would pay $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Ten years ago: Taliban militants stormed a guest house used by U.N. staff in the heart of the Afghan capital, leaving 11 dead, including five U.N. staff and three attackers.
Five years ago: A video was posted online by a group called Hollaback! showing actress Shoshana Roberts being verbally accosted by men as she silently walked through Manhattan over a 10-hour period; the video "went viral," spurring outrage and sparking discussions about the pervasiveness of street harassment that women face.
One year ago: The Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, with the help of two home runs from Steve Pearce, to wrap up a World Series in five games.
Today's Birthdays: Jazz singer Cleo Laine is 92. Musician-songwriter Charlie Daniels is 83. Pop singer Wayne Fontana is 74. Caitlyn Jenner is 70. Actress Annie Potts is 67. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is 64. The former president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is 63. Rock musician Stephen Morris (New Order) is 62. Rock singer-musician William Reid (The Jesus & Mary Chain) is 61. Actress Daphne Zuniga is 57. Actress Lauren Holly is 56. Actress Julia Roberts is 52. Singer Ben Harper is 50. Country singer Brad Paisley is 47. Actor Joaquin Phoenix is 45. Singer Justin Guarini (TV: "American Idol") is 41. Singer/rapper Frank Ocean is 32. Actress Lexi Ainsworth (TV: "General Hospital") is 27.
Stop and think
"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." — George Orwell (Eric Blair), English author (1903-1950).