On this day
The first university of the New World opened.
In 1538, the first university in the New World, the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, was established on Hispaniola.
18,000 died in Peru.
In 1746, an earthquake hit the Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao. 18,000 people died from the natural disaster, making it one of the most devastating the region has ever experienced.
We started using fingerprints to find criminals.
In 1904, the St. Louis police tried a new way of investigating. It was the first time they used fingerprints, a method now used frequently in cases across the world to help locate suspected criminals and find perpetrators of various crimes.
Special Days Falling on October 28thIf October 28th seems just like a stepping stone on the way to Halloween, you might want to speak to a few people to whom it means more! For example, here are some of the biggest events taking place around the world today.
Czech Founding Day
Every October 28th is Czech Founding Day! The day celebrates the founding of the very first Czechoslovakian state. Today, it is known as the Czech Republic, but that initial change from being part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to being independent led the way to future change that brought the country where it is now.
International Animation Day
October 28th is also International Animation Day! Animation has played and continues to play a significant role in many of our lives. Whether we are artists or not, most of us grew up watching animation and continue to enjoy it every now and then or even frequently as adults! So, today is the day to honor that and all forms of animation from the very beginning to now.
National First Responders Day
On October 28th, we also honor all first responders. The people who put their lives on hold, and even on the line, to go to the rescue of strangers. They are the first ones on any scene and always do their utmost to ensure the safety, respect, and help of anyone in need. It is the perfect day to thank them, although we could never thank them enough!