TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. This is the 302nd day of 2016 and the 37th day of autumn.
TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1886, President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.
In 1919, Congress passed the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto, providing for enforcement of alcohol prohibition to take effect on Jan. 17, 1920.
In 1962, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove his country’s nuclear missiles from Cuba, bringing an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
In 2005, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, resigned following his indictment on charges related to the leaking of a CIA agent’s name. TODAY’S FACT: Despite the agreement that ended the Cuban Missile Crisis on this day in 1962, U.S. forces worldwide remained at
DEFCON 3 until Nov. 20.
TODAY’S SPORTS: In 2007, the Boston Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies to win their second World Series championship in four seasons. TODAY’S NUMBER: 354 — steps from the pedestal to the head of the Statue of Liberty.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), writer; Francis Bacon (1909-1992), artist; Jonas Salk (1914-1995), medical researcher; Charlie Daniels (1936), singer-songwriter; Jane Alexander (1939-), actress; Dennis Franz (1944-), actor; Annie Potts (1952-), actress; Bill Gates (1955-), software pioneer; Lauren Holly (1963), actress; Andy Richter (1966-), comedian/actor; Julia Roberts (1967-), actress; Brad Paisley (1972-), singer-songwriter; Joaquin Phoenix (1974-), actor; Frank Ocean (1987-), singer-songwriter.