On This Day for 28th December

Historical Events

  • 1065 Westminster Abbey consecrated
  • 1612 First observation of Neptune - Galileo observes and records a "fixed star" without realising it is a planet
  • 1767 King Taksin crowned King of Thailand and establishes Thonburi as his capital.
  • 1836 Spain recognizes independence of Mexico
  • 1860 Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn NY, on her last mission to free slaves, evading capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad
  • 1908 Earthquake strikes Messina, Italy (nearly 80,000 died)
  • 1943 All Kalmyk inhabitants of of the Republic of Kalmukkie deported by the Soviet Union to Central Asia and Siberia. Many die en route

Did You Know?

Filmmakers the Lumiere brothers, hold the first commercial film screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris

On December 28th, 1895

Famous Weddings

  • 1936 British best-selling romantic author Barbara Cartland (35) marries 2nd husband Hugh McCorquodale
  • 1936 Football player Bronko Nagurski (28) weds childhood sweetheart Eileen Kane in International Falls, Minnesota
  • 1950 Author John Steinbeck (48) weds actress Elaine Anderson (36)
  • 1956 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (23) weds actor Gig Young (43)
  • 1956 Singer Patti Page (29) weds choreographer Charles O'Curran in Las Vegas, Nevada

Famous Divorces

  • 1942 Actress Janet Leigh (14) divorces childhood sweetheart John Kenneth Carlisle (18) 4 months after getting married
  • 2010 Film and record company executive Justin Siegel (23) divorces actress-singer Emmy Rossum due to irreconcilable differences after a year-and-a-half of marriage
  • 2012 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (82) divorces Lois Driggs Cannon due to irreconcilable differences after 23 years of marriage