Almanac: Monday, October 28, 2013
by Bill Edwards (Compiled)
Assistant Metro Editor
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On October 28 in

1858 Rowland Hussey Macy opened his first New York store at Sixth Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan.

1886 The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.

1919 Congress enacted the Volstead Act, which provided for enforcement of Prohibition, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto.

1936 President Franklin D. Roosevelt rededicated the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary.

1958 the Roman Catholic patriarch of Venice, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, was elected pope; he took the name John XXIII.

1962 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informed the United States that he had ordered the dismantling of missile bases in Cuba.

1991 What became known as "The Perfect Storm" began forming hundreds of miles east of Nova Scotia; lost at sea during the storm were the six crew members of the Andrea Gail, a sword-fishing boat from Gloucester, Mass.

2001 The families of people killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack gathered in New York for a memorial service filled with prayer and song.

In The Star

Oct. 28, 1938, in The Star: Managers of Anniston radio station WHMA, which is not quite on the air but is in the process of conducting signal tests, have discovered that the signal carries quite a distance. Postcards have come in from Toronto, Canada and Lancaster, Pa., from people who have heard the tests. The station’s location is given during the tests, which tells listeners where to send their notes. The station is scheduled to begin official broadcasts Nov. 3. Also this date: The dial telephone system installed for Piedmont subscribers last spring has been so well received that now Jacksonville is asking Southern Bell Telephone Company to upgrade its system in that manner. A system in the college town would have about the same technological specifications as the one in Piedmont, for the two cities have about the same number of telephones. People like the dial system in Piedmont because it is entirely automatic; local calls require no operator connection of any kind.

Oct. 28, 1988, in The Star: S. Gerald Acker got a little misty last night as the Calhoun County Board of Education, winding up a short, routine meeting, presented him with gifts and stood one by one to honor him at his last regular meeting as a board member. Acker, who has served a total of 18 years on the board, chose not to seek re-election this year. The board presented him with a plaque commemorating his years of service and a small item of furniture made for him by agribusiness students at Ohatchee School. “I’m going to miss every one of you,” Acker said, addressing the board and a large audience.

Birthdays for October 28

Actress Joan Plowright is 84. Musician-songwriter Charlie Daniels is 77. Actress Jane Alexander is 74. Actor Dennis Franz is 69. Actress Telma Hopkins is 65. Olympic track and field gold medalist Bruce Jenner is 64. Actress Annie Potts is 61. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is 58. Actor Mark Derwin is 53. Actress Daphne Zuniga is 51. Actress Lauren Holly is 50. Talk show host-comedian-actress Sheryl Underwood is 50. Actress Jami Gertz is 48. Actor Chris Bauer is 47. Actor-comedian Andy Richter is 47. Actress Julia Roberts is 46. Country singer Brad Paisley is 41. Actor Joaquin Phoenix is 39. Singer Justin Guarini is 35. Pop singer Brett Dennen is 34. Rock musician Dave Tirio (Plain White T's) is 34.

Television Listings

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