October 28 Today In History

Today’s Historical Events

1492 Christopher Columbus sights Cuba and claims it for Spain under the name “Juana”

1538 The first university in the New World, the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, is established on Hispaniola

1746 Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao demolished by earthquake, 18,000 die

1904 St Louis police try a new investigation method – fingerprints

1919 Volstead Act passed by US Congress, establishing prohibition, despite President Woodrow Wilson‘s veto

1924 Miner M.de Bruin discovers the infant fossil skull, “Taung child” in a lime quarry in Taung, South Africa. Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart identifies the fossil as a new hominin species, Australopithecus africanus.

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1921 Amsterdam’s Tuschinski movie theater opens

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1828 Clara Wieck, age 9, makes her piano concert debut at the Gewandhaus concert hall in Clara Leipzig, Germany

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1890 “World Championship” Baseball Series, Washington Park, NY: Louisville Colonels beat Brooklyn Bridegrooms, 6-2 in Game 7 to tie series 3-3-1; deciding game never played

1900 II Summer (Modern) Olympic Games, Paris, France: competition ends after 5 months; no opening or closing ceremonies conducted

1924 White Sox beat NY Giants 8-4 in Dublin, less than 20 fans attend

1934 Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates play first of only 4 penalty free games in NFL history; Dodgers wins 21-3 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn

1951 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina wins Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by taking out the Spanish Grand Prix at Pedralbes in an Alpha Romeo; wins by 6 points from Alberto Ascari of Italy

1953 Red Barber, resigns as Dodger sportscaster to join Yankees

1954 Major league owners vote down sale of A’s to a Philadelphia syndicate

1959 American Football League awards Buffalo Bills franchise to Ralph C Wilson

1961 Ground broken for Municipal (Shea) Stadium for NY Mets

1962 Jo Weatherly in a Pontiac finishes 2nd to Rex White in season-ending Dixie 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to clinch his 1st of 2 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships

1962 NY Giant Y. A. Tittle passes for 7 touchdowns vs Wash Redskins (49-34)

1970 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers 1st home game, lose to San Diego 110-99

1973 Elmore Smith of Lakers blocks 17 shots in a game (NBA record)

1974 1st time 2 Islanders hat trick in same game-MacMillian & Westfall

1975 Calvin Murphy (Houston) begins NBA free throw streak of 58 games