Historical Events on 28th December

  • 418 St Boniface I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 801 Louis the Vrome occupies Barcelona
  • 1065 Westminster Abbey consecrated
  • 1308 The reign of Emperor Hanazono, emperor of Japan, begins.

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1612 First observation of Neptune - Galileo observes and records a "fixed star" without realising it is a planet

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • 1614 Sperm whale beached at Noordwijk
  • 1732 1st known ad for "Poor Richard's Almanack" (Pennsylvania Gazette)
  • 1767 King Taksin crowned King of Thailand and establishes Thonburi as his capital.
  • 1816 American Colonization Society organizes
  • 1821 Naples: Gioacchini Rossini moves to Bologna
  • 1828 6.8 earthquake strikes Echigo Japan, 30,000 killed

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1832 John C. Calhoun becomes 1st VP to resign (differences with President Jackson)

Politician John C. Calhoun
Politician
John C. Calhoun
  • 1836 Spain recognizes independence of Mexico
  • 1836 Proclamation of South Australia as a British Province. Formal proclamation was read out in what is now the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg North by Captain (later Rear Admiral, Governor, Sir) John Hindmarsh
  • 1846 Iowa becomes 29th state the Union
  • 1849 M Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect
  • 1850 Rangoon, Burma, destroyed by fire

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1860 Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn NY, on her last mission to free slaves, evading capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist
Harriet Tubman
  • 1864 Battle of Egypt Station, MS
  • 1867 United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.
  • 1869 William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents chewing gum
  • 1877 John Stevens, applies for a patent for his flour rolling mill
  • 1878 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Quod apostolici muneris (socialism)
  • 1879 North British Railway's train falls as Tay bridge collapses (Scotland)
  • 1887 Sir John Layton Jarvis, 1st British race horse trainer knighted
  • 1893 French lieutenant Boiteux annexes Tumbuktu
  • 1895 Filmmakers the Lumiere brothers, hold the first commercial film screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris
  • 1897 Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac" premieres in Paris
  • 1902 1st indoor pro football game, Syracuse beats Phila 6-0 (Madison Square Garden, NYC)
  • 1902 Trans-Pacific cable links Hawaii to US
  • 1903 Clyde Fitch's "Glad of It" premieres in NYC
  • 1904 1st daily wireless weather forecasts published (London)
  • 1905 Intercollegiate Athletic Association of US founded (becomes NCAA in 1910)
  • 1905 NSW all out for 805 vs Victoria, win by innings & 253
  • 1906 Ecuador adopts its second liberal constitution
  • 1908 Earthquake strikes Messina, Italy (nearly 80,000 died)
  • 1910 Opera "Konigskinder" is produced (NYC)
  • 1912 National Council of Young Israel convenes
  • 1912 SF Municipal Railway starts operation at Geary St (MUNI)
  • 1912 The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California.
  • 1914 Turks are repulsed by the Russians after fighting in Armenia for weeks
  • 1915 SF City Hall dedicated by Mayor James Rolph
  • 1915 Today the British Cabinet recognizes the true nature of the war by deciding to institute compulsory military service, with single men to be conscripted before married ones
  • 1921 The beginning of the Rand Rebellion in Southern Africa; the rebellion started as a strike by white mineworkers on and became an open armed rebellion against the state

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1923 George Bernard Shaw's "St Joan" premieres in NYC

  • 1925 George/Ira Gershwin's musical "Tip-Toes" premieres in NYC
  • 1926 Arthur Mailey takes 4-362 off 64 overs (no maidens) NSW v Vic
  • 1926 Imperial Airways begins England-India mail & passenger service
  • 1926 Ponsford scores 352 & Ryder 295 against NSW
  • 1926 Victoria all out for 1107 against NSW at the MCG Crowd 22,348

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1927 George Kaufman & Moss Hart's "Royal Family" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart
  • 1928 Last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," made

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1928 Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of "West End blues"

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

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1931 Lin-Sen succeeds Chiang Kai-shek as President of Nanjing-China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1935 W P A Federal Art Project Gallery opens in NYC
  • 1935 Pravda publishes a letter by Pavel Postyshev, who revives New Year tree tradition in the Soviet Union.
  • 1937 Fascist Octavian Goga becomes PM of Romania/begins spread of Judaism
  • 1938 Paul Gibb scores 106 on Test Cricket debut v South Africa
  • 1940 Cricketer Arthur Morris scores 111 in 2nd innings of 1st game after 148
  • 1941 State of siege goes into effect in Bohemia/Moravia
  • 1942 Oberkommando Wehrmacht orders strategist flight out of Kaukasus
  • 1942 Robert Sullivan becomes 1st pilot to fly Atlantic 100 times
  • 1943 All Kalmyk inhabitants of of the Republic of Kalmukkie deported by the Soviet Union to Central Asia and Siberia. Many die en route

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1944 Eisenhower & Montgomery meet in Hasselt, Belgium

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1944 Former Wash 3rd baseman Buddy Lewis wins Distinguished Flying Cross
  • 1944 Leonard Bernstein's musical "On the Town" premieres in NYC
  • 1945 Congress officially recognizes "Pledge of Allegiance"
  • 1947 Chic Cards beat Philadelphia Eagles 28-21 in NFL championship game
  • 1948 IDF crosses Egyptian border
  • 1948 Middel-Java as a whole in Dutch hands
  • 1948 US announced a study to launch an Earth satellite
  • 1948 The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami, Florida.
  • 1949 20th Century Fox announces it would produce TV programs
  • 1950 Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea
  • 1950 The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park.
  • 1952 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-7 in NFL championship game
  • 1953 WLBT TV channel 3 in Jackson, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 43rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Sydney (3-2)
  • 1954 KEPR TV channel 19 in Pasco-Kennewick-Richl, WA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1955 44th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (5-0)
  • 1956 Miss Frances [Horwich], last Ding Dong School on NBC-TV
  • 1957 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on
  • 1957 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • 1957 46th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 1958 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1
  • 1958 "The Greatest Game Ever Played", Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in the first every sudden-death overtime game in NFL history (17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game)
  • 1960 49th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (4-1)

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1961 Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana" premieres in NYC

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • 1961 50th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Melbourne (5-0)
  • 1962 UN troops occupies Elizabethstad Katanga
  • 1962 51st Davis Cup: Australia beats Mexico in Brisbane (5-0)
  • 1963 "Double Dublin" closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1963 "Jennie" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 82 performances

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1963 Merle Haggard 1st appearance on country chart with "Sing a Sad Song"

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1963 14th Formula One WDC: Jim Clark wins by 21 points
  • 1964 Premier of Dmitri Sjostakovitch' Stefan Rasin
  • 1964 Principal filming on film "Doctor Zhivago" begins
  • 1966 13 die in a train crash in Everett Mass
  • 1966 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1966 55th Davis Cup: Australia beats India in Melbourne (4-1)
  • 1967 KTSB (now KSNT) TV channel 27 in Topeka, KS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 Muriel Siebert is 1st woman to own a seat on NY Stock Exchange
  • 1967 56th Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Brisbane (4-1)
  • 1968 100,000 attend Miami Pop Festival
  • 1968 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)
  • 1968 Beatles' "White Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • 1968 Israeli assault on Beirut Airport
  • 1968 KVOF (KUDO, now KWBB) TV channel 38 in SF, CA (IND) 1st broadcast

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1969 Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1969 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1969 Dallas Cowboy kicker Mike Clark, attempting an on-side kick against Cleveland, missed the ball
  • 1970 "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" opens at Majestic NYC for 19 performances
  • 1970 Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) adopts constitution
  • 1971 Hasj falls from now on under(neath) the Opiumwet
  • 1972 Kim Il-song, becomes president of North Korea
  • 1972 Martin Bormanns skeleton found in Berlin (Hitlers deputy)
  • 1972 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1972 2 people are killed in a Loyalist bomb attack on the village of Belturbet, County Cavan, Republic of Ireland
  • 1973 US President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law
  • 1973 Akron Ohio's Chamber of Commerce terminates itself from Soap Box Derby
  • 1973 Alexander Solzhenitsyn publishes "Gulag Archipelago" - a literary investigation of the police-state system in the Soviet Union
  • 1973 Comet Kohoutek at perihelion
  • 1974 6.3 earthquake strikes Pakistan: 5200 killed
  • 1974 Senegalese marxist group Reenu-Rew founds the political movement And-Jëf at a clandestine congress.
  • 1974 4th Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State beats #17 BYU, 16-6
  • 1975 1st broadcast of radio Hilversum IV (classic music)
  • 1975 Earthquake in Pakistan, 4,000 die
  • 1975 Gary Cosier scores 109 v West Indies at MCG on Test Cricket debut
  • 1975 Red Army beats NY Rangers 7-3 at Madison Square Garden
  • 1975 "The Hail Mary", with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a desperate 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the "Hail Mary" play is born
  • 1976 "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 167 performances
  • 1976 Genie Francis joins "General Hospital" as Laura Vining
  • 1976 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1976 Winnie Mandela banished in South Africa

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1978 30th hat trick in Islander history (Mike Bossy)

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1980 Mexico terminated fishing agreements with US
  • 1981 Cleveland Metroparks Administrative offices move from downtown to Zoo
  • 1981 Warner-Elektra-Atlantic raises price of 45 records from $1.68 to $1.98
  • 1981 1st American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr is born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1983 72nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2)

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1983 Gavaskar achieves his 30th century, beating Bradman's 29

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1983 US say they will leave UNESCO on Dec 31, 1984
  • 1983 Warren Cromartie signs 3 year $2.5M contract with Yomiuri Giants
  • 1984 Creosote bush determined to be 11,700 years old
  • 1984 Rajiv Gandhi's Congress party wins election in India
  • 1984 TV soap "Edge of Night" ends 28 year run
  • 1984 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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1984 Ted Hughes is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1985 Warring Lebanese Muslim & Christian leaders sign peace agreement
  • 1986 75th Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2), helped by Pat Davis ranked 412th in the world
  • 1987 In Arkansas R Gene Simmons kills 2, later bodies of 14 of his relatives are found at his home near Dover Ark
  • 1988 John Tarrant, 1st Aust born Zen teacher, receives Dharma Transmission
  • 1988 US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirms Yonkers is guilty of racism
  • 1988 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1989 Alexander Dubček elected Chairman of the Federal Assembly (Parliament) of Czechslovakia
  • 1989 Earthquake at Newcastle Australia, 11 die
  • 1990 2 die and 188 injured in a NYC subway electrical fire in in tunnel near Clark Street, Brooklyn
  • 1990 Blockbuster Bowl 1: Florida State beats Penn State, 24-17
  • 1991 8 are crushed to death at a RAP basketball game at City College, NYC
  • 1991 Blockbuster Bowl 2: Alabama beats Colorado, 30-25
  • 1991 Irene the Icon of Greek Orthodox church returns after being stolen
  • 1991 Ninibeth Beatriz Leal Jiminez, 20, of Venez, crowned 41st Miss World
  • 1991 Ted Turner is named Time Magazine Man of Year
  • 1993 Dow-Jones hits record 3793.49
  • 1993 Dutch Antilles government of Yandi Paula forms
  • 1993 John Maclean passes Kirk Muller as all-time NJ Devils scorer (521 pts)
  • 1994 Boon completes his 20th Test Cricket century (131 v England, MCG)

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1994 Tammy Wynette admitted to the hospital with bile duct infection

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1994 The Madness of King George premieres in the US
  • 1996 India all out for 66 at Durban after making 100 in cricket 1st innings
  • 1997 Sting beats Hollywood Hogan for WCW Championship
  • 1999 Saparmurat Niyazov is proclaimed President for Life in Turkmenistan.
  • 2000 U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.
  • 2001 OPEC oil ministers meeting in Cairo agree to reduce their crude oil output quotas by a combined 1.5 million barrels per day
  • 2005 A U.S. immigration judge orders John Demjanjuk deported to Ukraine for crimes against humanity committed during World War II.
  • 2007 Nepal declared a federal democratic Republic by interim parliament, abolishing the monarchy.
  • 2008 The Detroit Lions finished the season 0-16 with a 31-21 lost to the Green Bay Packers The first time in National Football League history that a team went winless in a 16-game season.

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2009 Scarlett Johansson makes her debut on Broadway in the Arthur Miller play "A View from the Bridge"

  • 2009 43 people die in a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, where Shia Muslims were observing the Day of Ashura.
  • 2012 13 people are killed and 19 are injured after a bus plunges into a river in western Nepal

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2012 Vladimir Putin signs into law a ban on US adoption of Russian children

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 2013 Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva to retain the UFC Middleweight Championship
  • 2013 Early signs of Ebola epidemic: 2 year old child in Guinea dies of an unidentified haemorraghic fever; mother, sister and grandmother soon follow
  • 2014 Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crashes in bad weather in the Java Sea, killing all 162 people on board
  • 2015 Japan and South Korea reach agreement over WWII "comfort women", Japan apologies and pays 1bn yen compensation