This Day in History: Oct. 28

The original edition of 'Gulliver's Travels' is first published; the Statue of Liberty is dedicated

On this day, Oct. 28 …

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

Also on this day:

  • 1726: The original edition of “Gulliver’s Travels,” a satirical novel by Jonathan Swift, is first published in London.
  • 1858: Rowland Hussey Macy opens his first New York store at Sixth Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan.
  • 1922: Fascism comes to Italy as Benito Mussolini takes control of the government.
  • 1940: Italy invades Greece during World War II.
  • 1962: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informs the United States that he has ordered the dismantling of missile bases in Cuba; in return, the U.S. secretly agrees to remove nuclear missiles from U.S. installations in Turkey.
  • 1976: Former Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman enters a federal prison camp in Safford, Ariz., to begin serving his sentence for Watergate-related convictions. (He would be released in April 1978).
U.S. President Jimmy Carter, left, and Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan face their panelists during their televised debate at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 28, 1980. (AP Photo)

U.S. President Jimmy Carter, left, and Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan face their panelists during their televised debate at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 28, 1980. (AP Photo)

  • 1980: President Jimmy Carter and Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan face off in a nationally broadcast, 90-minute debate in Cleveland.
  • 2013: Penn State says it would pay $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
  • 2019:  President tweets a photo of a hero U.S. military dog injured in the raid that claimed the life of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.