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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021

On Oct. 28, 1965, workers installed the final piece of St. Louis' Gateway Arch, a 10-ton keystone.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021
On October 28, 1965, workers installed the final piece of St. Louis' Gateway Arch, a 10-ton keystone. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

Today is Thursday, Oct. 28, the 301st day of 2021 with 64 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus in 1466; rifle maker Eliphalet Remington in 1793; Russian writer Ivan Turgenev in 1818; eight-time Academy Award-winning costumer Edith Head in 1897; actor Elsa Lanchester in 1902; English novelist Evelyn Waugh in 1903; painter Francis Bacon in 1909; Dr. Jonas Salk, a developer of the polio vaccine, in 1914; former baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn in 1926; country musician Charlie Daniels in 1936; basketball Hall of Fame member Lenny Wilkens in 1937 (age 84); actor Jane Alexander in 1939 (age 82); actor Dennis Franz in 1944 (age 77); rock singer Wayne Fontana in 1945; singer/actor Telma Hopkins in 1948 (age 73); Olympic decathlon champion Caitlyn Jenner in 1949 (age 72); actor Annie Potts in 1952 (age 69); Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in 1955 (age 66); former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 1956 (age 65); actor Lauren Holly in 1963 (age 58); actor Jami Gertz in 1965 (age 56); comedian Andy Richter in 1966 (age 55); actor Julia Roberts in 1967 (age 54); country singer Brad Paisley in 1972 (age 49); actor Joaquin Phoenix in 1974 (age 47); actor Gwendoline Christie in 1978 (age 43); actor Matt Smith in 1982 (age 39); actor Finn Wittrock in 1984 (age 37); actor Troian Bellisario in 1985 (age 36); singer Frank Ocean in 1987 (age 34); actor Devon Murray in 1988 (age 33); actor Nolan Gould in 1998 (age 23).

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On this date in history:

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In 1636, Harvard College, now Harvard University, was founded in Massachusetts.

In 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States, was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Grover Cleveland.

In 1919, the U.S. Congress passed the Volstead Act, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, enforcing the constitutional amendment prohibiting the use of alcoholic beverages. This rang in the era of bootleg liquor when people whispered passwords through speak-easy doors, flappers ruled the dance floor and mobsters like Al Capone made millions from a thirsty public. The ban on booze lasted more than a decade until Congress repealed the law in 1933.

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In 1922, Benito Mussolini marched on Rome, taking over the Italian government.

In 1929, Black Monday saw another massive stock market upheaval, another day in the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

In 1942, the Alaska Highway, constructed for the purpose of connecting the contiguous United States to Alaska through Canada, was completed at a length of 1,700 miles, running from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to Delta Junction, Alaska.

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In 1962, Russian chief Nikita Khrushchev announced that all Soviet offensive missiles would be removed from Cuba.

In 1965, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, passed overwhelmingly by the Second Vatican Council, would absolve Jews of responsibility for the death of Jesus. This reversed a 760-year-old declaration made by Pope Innocent III.

In 1965, workers installed the final piece of St. Louis' Gateway Arch, a 10-ton keystone.

In 1985, the leader of the so-called Walker family spy ring, John A. Walker Jr., pleaded guilty to giving U.S. Navy secrets to the Soviet Union. Walker died in a federal prison in August 2014.

In 1989, the Oakland A's wrapped up an earthquake-delayed sweep of the World Series over the San Francisco Giants.

In 2007, Cristina Fernandez became the first woman to be elected president of Argentina.

In 2010, China announced it had built what experts said was the world's fastest supercomputer, capable of a sustained performance 40 percent greater than the previous record holder built in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

In 2020, Hurricane Zeta made landfall near Cocodrie, La. The hurricane resulted in nine deaths and more than $4 billion in damage in the United States, Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Mexico.

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A thought for the day: Actor Julia Roberts said, "You can be true to the character all you want but you've got to go home with yourself."

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