What Happened on December 28

Significant Events

  • 1065 Westminster Abbey in London 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, New York, on her last mission to free slaves, having evaded capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad
  • 1908 Earthquake strikes Messina, Italy, killing nearly 80,000
  • 1943 All Kalmyk inhabitants of the Republic of Kalmukkie deported by the Soviet Union to Central Asia and Siberia. Many die en route.
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December 28 in Film & TV

  • 1895 Filmmakers the Lumiere brothers, hold the first commercial film screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris

December 28 in Music

  • 1944 Leonard Bernstein's musical "On the Town" premieres in NYC

December 28 in Sport

  • 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)

Did You Know?

Detroit Lions crash to a 31-21 loss to Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field; first team in NFL history to go winless in a 16-game season

On December 28, 2008


Would You Believe?

M Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect

On December 28, 1849

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
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