1726 – The novel Gulliver’s Travels is published.
1891 – The Mino-Owari earthquake is the largest inland earthquake in Japan’s history.
1948 – Paul Müller is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the insecticidal properties of DDT.
1956 – Elvis Presley receives a polio vaccination on national TV.
1958 – John XXIII is elected Pope.
1965 – Pope Paul VI promulgates Nostra aetate, by which the Church officially recognizes the legitimacy of non-Christian faiths.
1971 – Prospero becomes the only British satellite to be launched by a British rocket.
2007 – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner becomes the first directly elected female President of Argentina.
2009 – The 28 October 2009 Peshawar bombing kills 117 and wounds 213.
2009 – NASA successfully launches the Ares I-X mission, the only rocket launch for its short-lived Constellation program.
2014 – A rocket carrying NASA’s Cygnus CRS Orb-3 resup- ply mission to the International Space Station explodes sec- onds after taking off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia.