October 28

1793

Eli Whitney applied for a patent for the cotton gin.

1886

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.

1919

Congress passed the Volstead Act, or the National Prohibition Act, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto.

1922

Benito Mussolini took control of the government of Italy.

1940

Italy invaded Greece during World War II.

1958

A new pope was elected—Pope John XXIII.

1962

Nikita Khrushchev told the U.S. that he had ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.

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