This Day in History for 28th December

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 174

418 - St Boniface I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
801 - Louis the Vrome occupies Barcelona
1065 - Westminister Abbey consecrated in London
1308 - The reign of Emperor Hanazono, emperor of Japan, begins.
1612 - First observation of Neptune - Galileo observes and records a "fixed star" without realising it is a planet
1614 - Sperm whale beached at Noordwijk
1732 - 1st known ad for "Poor Richard's Almanack" (Pennsylvania Gazette)
1768 - King Taksin was coronation achieved through conquest as a king of Thailand and established Thonburi as a capital.
1816 - American Colonization Society organizes
1821 - Naples: Gioacchini Rossini moves to Bologna
1828 - 6.8 earthquake strikes Echigo Japan, 30,000 killed
1832 - John Calhoun becomes 1st VP to resign (differences with Pres Jackson)
1836 - Spain recognizes independence of Mexico
1846 - Iowa becomes 29th state
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
1860 - Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn NY, on her last mission to free slaves, evading capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad
1864 - Battle of Egypt Station, MS
1867 - United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.
Abolitionist Harriet TubmanAbolitionist Harriet Tubman 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 Firth bridge collapses (Scot)
1887 - Sir John Layton Jarvis, 1st British race horse trainer knighted
1893 - French lieutenant Boiteux annexes Tumbuktu
1895 - Film makers 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 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.
1915 - SF City Hall dedicated by Mayor James Rolph
Playwright George Bernard ShawPlaywright George Bernard Shaw 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
1927 - George Kaufman & Moss Hart's "Royal Family," premieres in NYC
1928 - Last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," made
1928 - Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of "West End blues"
1931 - Lin-Sen succeeds Chiang Kai-shek as president of Nanjing-China
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
1939 - First flight of the Consolidated XB-24 Liberator bomber prototype.
Jazz Musician Louis ArmstrongJazz Musician Louis Armstrong 1940 - 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 inhabitants of Kalmukkie deported, about 70,000 killed
1944 - Eisenhower & Montgomery meet in Hasselt Belgium
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) hit #1
1958 - What might be called greatest NFL game, Colts beat Giants 23-17
1960 - 49th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (4-1)
Playwright Tennessee WilliamsPlaywright Tennessee Williams 1961 - Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana," premieres in NYC
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
1963 - Merle Haggard 1st appearance on country chart with "Sing a Sad Song"
1964 - Premier of Dmitri Sjostakovitch' Stefan Rasin
1964 - Principal filming of "Dr Zhivago," begins
1966 - 13 die in a train crash in Everett Mass
1966 - China PR 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 women 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 242

1164 - Emperor Rokujō of Japan (d. 1176)
1484 - Joachim Vadianus, [von Watt], Swiss physician/mayor of Sankt Gallen
1522 - Margaret of Austria, regent of the Netherlands (d. 1583)
1619 - Antoine Furetière, French writer (d. 1688)
1631 - Ludolf Backhuysen, Dutch seascape painter/cartoonist
1635 - Princess Elizabeth of England (d. 1650)
1655 - Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (d. 1698)
1665 - George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, British general (d. 1716)
1694 - Ceslav Vanura, composer
1731 - Christian Cannabich, German composer/royal chaplain master
1738 - Thaddaus Ferdinand Lipowsky, composer
1751 - Josef Blazej Smrcek, composer
1753 - Johan Wikmanson, composer
1763 - John Molson, founded Montreal brewery (Molsons)
1778 - Franciszek Ksawery Drucki-Lubecki, Polish politician (d. 1846)
1783 - Robert Gallenberg, composer
1787 - Hermanus J Abbring, Dutch writer/engineer on Curacao
1801 - James Barnes, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1869
1805 - Tomas Genoves y Lapetra, composer
1812 - Julius Reitz, composer
1822 - William Booth Taliaferro, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1898
1823 - Thomas Alexander Scott, Asst Secy War (Union), died in 1881
1826 - Conrad Busken Huet, Dutch vicar/literary (Country of Rubens)
1827 - Robert Latimer McCook, volunteers Brigadier General (Union), died in 1862
1828 - Karl L Kahlbaum, German psychiatrist (katatonie)
1833 - Charles Miller Shelley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1907
1835 - Archibald Geikie, British geologist
1837 - Benjamin Johnson Lang, composer
1842 - Calixa Lavallee, composer
1845 - Homer Newton Bartlett, composer
1849 - Herbert von Bismarck, German politician/son of Otto of Bismarck
US President Woodrow WilsonUS President Woodrow Wilson (1856) 1856 - [Thomas] Woodrow Wilson, Staunton Va, 28th (D) US President (1913-21), Nobel Peace Prize 1919
1859 - Gerard Brucken Fock, composer
1859 - John W Fortescue, military historian
1860 - Alexander von Fielitz, composer
1865 - Félix E Vallotton, Switz/French painter/writer (Chaste Suzanna)
1866 - Szymon Askenazy, Polish historian and diplomat (d. 1935)
1868 - Marie van Regteren Altena, Dutch painter (Amsterdam's Joffers)
1872 - Pío Baroja y Nessi, San Sebastián, Spanish Basque writer, author of over 100 novels (The Struggle for Life, Zalacain the Adventurer)
1880 - Christian DFL Leipoldt, South african physician/writer/poet
1882 - Arthur Eddington, England, astrophysicist/cosmologist/mathematician
1883 - A Wolfenstein, writer
1884 - Joseph Pholien, Belgian premier (1950-52)/communist hunter
1887 - Charles Dingle
1888 - Gabriel von Wayditch, composer
1889 - Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Spanish Writer Pio BarojaSpanish Writer Pio Baroja (1872) 1890 - Frank Butler, Oxford England, actor/sreenwriter (Road to Bali, China)
1894 - Andre de Meulemeester, Belgian WW I pilot (Eagle of Flanders)
1894 - Ed Healey, NFL tackle (Rock Island Independents, Chicago Bears)
1896 - Roger Huntington Sessions, Brooklyn NY, composer (Black Masks)
1898 - Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (d. 1957)
1898 - Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (d. 1947)
1899 - Eugeniusz Bodo, Polish actor (d. 1943)
1902 - Mortimer J Adler, NYC, author (Encyclopedia Brittanica)
1902 - Shen Congwen, writer
1903 - John von Neumann, mathematician/astronomer (Bocher Award 1938)
1903 - Earl Hines, American musician (d. 1983)
1904 - Clabon W Allen, Australian/British astronomer
1904 - Sergei Yutkevich, St Petersburg Russia, director (Otello, Banya)
1905 - Cliff Arquette, Toledo Oh, comedian (Charlie Weaver)
1905 - Earl "Fatha" Hines, Duquesne Pa, jazz pianist (Deep Forest)
1905 - Gajapatairaj Vijaya Ananda the Rajkumar of Vizianagram (Ind)
1907 - Roman Palester, Polish composer: The Weichsel
1908 - Lew Ayres, Minn, actor (All Quiet on Western Front, Dr Kildare)
1909 - Billy Williams, Waco Tx, singer (Your Show of Shows)
1909 - Nikola J Vaptsarov, Bulgaria poet (Subrani Sutsjinenija)
1910 - John Kerr, NZ, cricketer (opening batsman in 1930s)
1911 - Phani Majumdar, film maker
1911 - Sam Levenson, NYC, humorist (Sam Levenson Show, Masquerade Party)
1913 - Lou Jacobi, Toronto Ontario, comedian (Dean Martin Show, Melba)
1914 - Bernard Youens, British actor (Coronation Street)
1914 - Lee Bowman, Cincinnati Ohio, actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover)
1915 - Roebuck "Pops" Staples, US gospel/singer (Staple Singers)
1916 - Noel Johnson, British actor (Frenzy, Frightmare, Royal Flash)
1917 - Ellis Clarke, president Trinidad & Tobago (1976-87)
1919 - Inocenti Carreno, composer
1920 - Steve Van Buren, NFL halfback (Philadelphia Eagles), (d. 2012)
1920 - Bruce McCarty, South Bend, Indiana, architect (1982 World Fair), (d. 2013)
1921 - Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
1921 - Johnny Otis, (Alexandres Veliotes) Vallejo California, US R & B musician, producer and talent scout
1922 - Nyron Sultan Asgarali, cricketer (West Indian opening bat 1957)
1922 - Stan Lee, comics artist/creator (Spiderman, Incredible Hulk)
1923 - Andrew Duggan, actor (Secret War of Harry Frigg, Winds of War)
1924 - Milton Obote, President of Uganda (d. 2005)
1925 - Bill [William] Westwood, British bishop of Peterborough
1925 - Hildegard Knef, Ulm Germany, actress (Touch of Class, Mozambique), (d. 2002)
1926 - Donald Carr, cricketer (England player in 50's, later MCC honcho)
1927 - Anne Legendre Armstrong, ambassador (to UK)
1927 - Simon Raven, English playwright/critic (Alms for Oblivion)
1928 - Kamillo Lendvay, composer
1928 - Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (d. 2001)
1929 - Maarten Schmidt, Neth/US astronomer (quasars)
1929 - Owen Bieber, United Auto Workers president
1929 - Terry Sawchuk, NHL goaltender (Redwings, Bruins, Maple Leaf, Rangers)
1931 - Martin Milner, Detroit, Michigan, American actor (Route 66, Adam 12)
1931 - Georg "Org" Marais, South African economist/underminister of Finance
1931 - Guy Debord, situationist
1931 - John de Mol, Dutch vocalist/composer/producer
1932 - Clem Schouwenaars, Flemish poet/writer
1932 - Dorsey Burnette, Memphis, rocker (Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 7 of 7

1936 - British best-selling romantic author Barbara Cartland (35) marries 2nd husband Hugh McCorquodale
1956 - Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (23) weds actor Gig Young (43)
1957 - "Rebel Without A Cause" actress Natalie Wood (19) weds actor Robert Wagner (27) at Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona
1994 - Billy Ray Cyrus (Achy Breaky Heart) weds Leticia Finley
2008 - "Cheers" actor Woody Harrelson (47) weds longtime girlfriend Laura Louie (43) in Maui Island
2010 - "Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth (27) weds spanish actress Elsa Pataky (34) in Indonesia
2011 - "Stargate SG-1" actor Christopher Judge (47) weds actress and model Gianna Patton (33)

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 3 of 3

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

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 106

300 - Theonas, Patriarch of Alexandria
1367 - Ashikaga Yoshiakira, Japanese shogun (b. 1330)
1446 - Clement VIII, (Sanchez Muñoz), Spanish anti-pope (1423-29), dies
1503 - Piero di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1471)
1542 - Albert Pigge, [Pighius], Dutch theologist/astronomer, dies at about 52
1622 - Francois de Sales, French bishop of Geneva/writer/saint, dies at 55
1663 - Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1618)
1671 - Johann Friedrich Gronovius, German classical scholar (b. 1611)
1673 - Joan Blaeu, Dutch cartographer/publisher (Atlas Major), dies at 77
1694 - Mary II, Queen of England, dies after 5 years of rule at 32 [NS=Jan 7]
1703 - Mustafa II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1664)
1706 - Pierre Bayle, French theologist (History of Criticism), dies at 59
1708 - Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist (b. 1656)
1715 - William Carstares, Scottish minister (b. 1649)
1734 - Robert Roy MacGregor, Scottish folk hero (b. 1671)
1772 - Ernst J earl van/of Biron, Russian duke of Courland, dies at 82
1775 - Peter A van de Parra, gov-gen of (Neth Indies), dies at 61
1779 - Gennaro Manna, composer, dies at 64
1793 - Louis earl of Bylandt, Dutch admiral, dies at about 75
1795 - Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (b. 1747)
1830 - Adrien-Joseph van Helmont, composer, dies at 83
1859 - Thomas Babington Macaulay, English essayist/historian, dies
1860 - Cornelius Broere, Dutch RC clergyman/poet, dies at 57
1862 - Joaquim Casimiro Junior, composer, dies at 54
1870 - Alexey Fyodorovich L'vov, composer, dies at 72
1870 - Peter van Schendel, Dutch painter, dies at 64
1872 - James Van Ness, Mayor of San Francisco (1855-1856) (b. 1808)
1878 - Jose Bernardo Alcedo, composer, dies at 90
1884 - Gerben Colmjon, Frisian linguist/publisher, dies at 56
1891 - Alfred Cellier, composer, dies at 47
1897 - Rev. William Corby, American Catholic priest (b. 1833)
1900 - Alexandre Alberto da Rocha de Serpa Pinto, Portuguese explorer (b. 1846)
1903 - George [Robert] Gissing, English novelist, dies at 46
1915 - Gerrit Jan van Heek, Dutch textile manufacturer/politician, dies at 78
1916 - Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (318 dances), dies at 81
1917 - Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (b. 1892)
1918 - George H White, last post Reconstruction congressman (Penn), dies
1918 - Olavo Bilac, Brazilian poet (b. 1865)
1919 - Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (b. 1854)
1924 - Léon Bakst, Russian artist (b. 1866)
1932 - John Blackham, cricketer (35 Tests as Aust WK, caught 37), dies
1935 - Clarence Day, writer (Life with Father), dies
1937 - Maurice J Ravel, Swiss/French composer (Bolero), dies in Paris at 62
1938 - Florence Lawrence, silent screen actress (Confidence), dies at 48
1943 - Steve Evans, American baseball player (b. 1885)
1945 - Theodore Dreiser, novelist (An American Tragedy), dies at 74
1946 - Carrie Jacobs Bond, American composer (I Love You Truly), dies at 85
1947 - Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy (1900-46), dies at 78
1948 - Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, PM of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated
1949 - Jack Lovelock, NZ/US surgeon/athlete (Olympic-gold-1936), dies at 39
1949 - W Hervey Allen, US writer/poet (Anthony Adverse), dies at 60
1952 - Fletcher Henderson, American musician (b. 1897)
1956 - Roelof Kranenburg, Dutch social democratic party-chairman, dies at 76
1959 - Ante Pavelić, leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia (b. 1889)
1961 - Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, 1st lady (1915-21), dies at 89
1962 - Kathleen Clifford, American actress (b. 1887)
1963 - Abbott Joseph Liebling, American journalist/writer, dies
1963 - Paul Hindemith, German composer (Composer's World), dies at 68
1967 - Béla Schick, Hung/US children's physician (Scarlet Fever), dies at 90
1967 - Katharine McCormick, American women's rights activist (b. 1875)
1969 - Henry Oscar, actor (Saint in London), dies at 78
1970 - L Mendel Rivers, (Rep-D-SC), dies at 65
1971 - Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner, composer, dies at 83
1976 - Freddie King, rocker, dies at 42
1976 - Katharine Byron, American politician (b. 1903)
1978 - Harry Winston, US jeweler for the "rich & famous", dies at 82
1980 - Amir Elahi, cricketer, 1st Pakistani Test cricketer to die
1980 - Jersey calf, lived 222 days with an artificial heart
1981 - Allan Dwan, Canadian-born film director (b. 1885)
1982 - Frederick Douglass Hall, composer, dies at 84
1983 - Dennis Wilson, drummer/singer (Beach Boys), drowns at 39
1983 - William Demarest, actor (My 3 Sons), dies in Palm Springs at 91
1983 - Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (b. 1910)
1984 - Sam Peckinpah, director, dies of cardiac arrest at 59
1986 - Andrei Tarkovsky, dies
1986 - Louis van Lint, Belgian painter, dies at 77
1987 - Charles Malik, Lebanon's 1st delegate to UN, dies at 81
1988 - Hal Ashby, academy-award winning director, dies of cancer at 59
1989 - Robert Wickler, dies
1989 - Hermann Oberth, German physicist (b. 1894)
1990 - Ed van der Elsken, Dutch photographer (Sweet Life), dies at 65
1990 - Kiel Martin, actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues), dies of cancer at 46
1990 - Lucas Polhaupessy, Moluccan leader, dies
1991 - Cassandra Harris, actress (For Your Eyes Only), dies of cancer at 39
1991 - Jacques Aubuchon, actor (Hoax, Thunder Road), dies of heart failure
1992 - Mort Greene, US songwriter (My Grandfather's Clock), dies at 80
1993 - Howard Caine, dies
1993 - Joop Vervoort, Dutch soccer referee, dies at 61
1993 - William L Shirer, writer (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich), dies at 89
1994 - Julian Belfrage, theatre agent, dies at 60
1995 - Harold Francis Collison, trade unionist, dies at 84
1997 - George Fleming, cyclist, dies at 80
1997 - James Lees-Milne, architecural historian, dies at 89
1997 - Ronald Clive Williams, actor/comedian, dies at 68
1999 - Clayton Moore, American actor (b. 1914)
2001 - Samuel A. Goldblith, American food scientist (b. 1919)
2001 - William X. Kienzle, American novelist (b. 1928)
2003 - Benjamin Hacker, American admiral (b. 1935)
2004 - Jerry Orbach, American actor (b. 1935)
Author Susan SontagAuthor Susan Sontag (2004) 2004 - Susan Sontag, American writer, dies from Myelodysplastic syndrome at 71

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