TODAY IN HIS­TORY

The Star Democrat - - OPINION -

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.

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