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    This day in history

    Monday, Oct. 28, is the 301st day of 2013. There are 64 days left in the year.

    Today’s birthdays: Jazz singer Cleo Laine is 86. Actress Joan Plowright is 84. Musician Charlie Daniels is 77. Actress Jane Alexander is 74. Actor Dennis Franz is 69. Track & field gold medalist Bruce Jenner is 64. Actress Annie Potts is 61. Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates is 58. Actress Daphne Zuniga is 51. Actress Lauren Holly is 50. Actress Jami Gertz is 48. Comic Andy Richter is 47. Actress Julia Roberts is 46. Singer Ben Harper is 44. Country singer Brad Paisley is 41. Actor Joaquin Phoenix is 39. Singer Frank Ocean is 26.

    In 1636, the General Court of Massachusetts passed an act establishing Harvard College.


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

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

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

    In 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.

    In 2001, the families of people killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks gathered in New York for a memorial service.


    In 2012, airlines canceled more than 7,000 flights in advance of Hurricane Sandy.