It happened today – this day in history – October 28

969: Byzantine troops occupy Antioch.

1420: Beijing is declared the capital of the Ming dynasty.

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

1726: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift is published.

1746: The cities of Lima and Callao are demolished by an earthquake in Peru, killing 18,000.

1903: Author Evelyn Waugh is born in London.

1904: St Louis police try a new investigation method – fingerprints.

1918: Czechoslovakia gains independence as Austria-Hungary breaks up.

1940: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet in Florence.

1948: The flag of Israel is adopted.

1951: Alfa Romeo driver Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina wins the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

1954: Ernest Hemingway is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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

1961: Raymond Jones goes into Liverpool’s NEMS Record store trying to buy My Bonnie, a song that had been released in Germany by a band called The Beatles. Shop manager Brian Epstein promises to investigate further.


1962: The Cuban Missile Crisis ends as US President John F Kennedy welcomes Russia’s announcement that it will dismantle its missiles based on the island.

1971: John Lennon and Yoko Ono record Happy Xmas (War Is Over) in New York.

1974: Sports Minister Denis Howell’s wife and young son survive an IRA bomb attack on their car.

1979: Chairman Hua Kuo-Feng becomes the first Chinese leader to visit Britain.

Singles chart:

  1. One Day At A Time – Lena Martell
  2. When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman – Dr Hook
  3. Every Day Hurts – Sad Cafe
  4. Gimme Gimme Gimme – ABBA
  5. Video Kiled The Radio Star – Buggles
  6. Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
  7. The Chosen Few – The Dooleys
  8. Tusk – Fleetwood Mac
  9. Gonna Get Along Without You Now – Viola Wills
  10. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
1979: Blondie – Eat To The Beat

Album chart:

  1. Regatta De Blanc – The Police
  2. Tusk – Fleetwood Mac
  3. Eat To The Beat – Blondie
  4. Specials – The Specials
  5. Lena’s Music Album – Lena Martell
  6. Off The Wall – Michael Jackson
  7. The Fine Art Of Surfacing – The Boomtown Rats
  8. The Long Run – The Eagles
  9. Whatever You Want – Status Quo
  10. Greatest Hits 1972-1978 – 10cc

1986: 24-year old Essex man Jeremy Bamber is sentenced to life in prison for killing five members of his family.

1997: REM drummer Bill Berry announces that he is leaving the group after 17 years to become a farmer – albeit a multi millionaire one.

1998: Poet Ted Hughes dies aged 68.

2007: Country musician Porter Wagoner dies in Nashville aged 80 from lung cancer.

2017: Spain’s central government imposes direct rule on Catalonia, dismisses its government and calls for new elections in December. On the same day, Salford City goalkeeper Max Crocombe is sent off for urinating on the pitch in front of fans.

2019: The EU agrees to another Brexit extension to January 31, 2020. On the same day, musician Stephen Morris appealed for the return of his £250,000 antique violin after leaving it on a train.

BIRTHDAYS: Dame Cleo Laine, jazz singer, 94; Baron Bill Rodgers of Quarry Bank, politician, 93; Bernie Ecclestone, motorsport impressario, 91; David Dimbleby, political commentator, 83; Hank Marvin (Brian Rankin), guitarist (The Shadows) 80; Caitlyn Jenner, former Olympic decathlete, 72; John McGovern, footballer/manager, 72; Peter Hitchens, journalist, 70; Annie Potts, actress, 69; Desmond Child, songwriter, 68; Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, 66; Baron Dogby Jones of Birmingham, businessan, 66; Stephen Morris, drummer (Joy Division/New Order) 64; William Reid, guitarist/songwriter (The Jesus and Mary Chain) 63; Lauren Holly, actress, 58; Julia Roberts, actress, 54; Ben Harper, singer-songwriter/musician, 52; Joaquin Phoenix, actor, 47; Gwendoline Christie, actress, 43; Alan Smith, footbaler, 41; Matt Smith, actor, 39; Joe Thomas, actor, 38; Frank Ocean (Christopher Breaux), singer-songwriter, 34; Lucy Bronze, footballer, 30.