I don’t do this consistently, but I like to check in with what is happening—or what has happened—on a particular day. This Day in History’s website will send a daily e-mail if you sign up for it (free). I also use The Christian Almanac, a whopping book with all kinds of information by date. To track with religions other than my own, I use sites such as www.interfaithcalendar.org.
Of course, editors have decided which events are worthy of listing, making the lists somewhat subjective. And I’m concentrating on events important mainly to my own country—otherwise research for one day would take many days. You can come up with your list according to your particular interests and priorities. Whatever the case, reminders of past events can help our present perspective.
So, here are a few things that happened on October 28:
- In 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated. On its 50th birthday in 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt rededicated it.
- In 1958, the Roman Catholic patriarch of Venice, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, was elected pope, taking the name John XXIII—who will be canonized (declared a saint) on April 27, 2014.
- In 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis ended.
- In 1965, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO, was completed. At the time it was the world’s tallest monument.
If you were to look back over your life, are there events of October 28 that you care to remember? Or, to make it easier, events that happened in October? Make a little list of your own.