28 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Woodrow Wilson, 1856
  • Saint John Ervine, 1883
  • Cliff Arquette, 1905
  • Earl Fatha Hines, 1905
  • Lew Ayres, 1908
  • Sam Levenson, 1911
  • Lou Jacobi, 1913
  • Hildegarde Neff, 1925
  • Milton Obote, 1925
  • Maggie Smith, 1933
  • Herb Gardner, 1934
  • Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Deva of Nepal, 1945
  • Edgar Winter, 1947
  • Denzel Washington, 1954

Died On This Day:

  • St. Francis de Sales, 1622
  • Queen Mary II, 1694
  • Rob Roy, 1734
  • Stan Lee, 1922
  • Gustave Eiffel, 1923
  • Clarence Day, 1935
  • Maurice Ravel, 1937
  • Theodore Dreiser, 1945
  • King Vittorio Emmanuel III of Italy, 1947
  • Paul Hindemith, 1963
  • A. J. Liebling, 1968
  • Sonny Liston, 1970
  • Harry Winston, 1978
  • Dennis Wilson OD, 1983
  • Sam Peckinpah, 1984
  • Dian Fossey, 1985
  • William Shirer, 1993
  • Clayton Moore, 1999
  • Jerry Orbach, 2004
  • Susan Sontag, 2004

Today's Events:

  • 1065 - Construction begins on Westminster Abbey.
  • 1594 - Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" performed as part of Xmas celebrations at Gray's Inn, London.
  • 1846 - Iowa becomes 29th state admitted to Union.
  • 1869 - Chewing gum patented by William Finley Semple of Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
  • 1879 - Tay Bridge disaster in Scotland between Dundee and Wormit; bridge collapses in gale as train passes over - 75 dead.
  • 1895 - First commercial film show in Paris by Lumiere Brothers at Grand Café, Blvd. des Capucines.
  • 1897 - 'Cyrano de Bergerac' by Edmond Rostand premieres in Paris.
  • 1908 - Earthquake strikes Messina in Italy; 200,000 die; biggest tremor ever in Europe.
  • 1937 - Irish Free State becomes the Republic of Ireland.
  • 1938 - Thornton Wilder's 'The Matchmaker' opens on Broadway at the Guild Theatre.
  • 1945 - The Pledge of Allegiance adopted by Congress.
  • 1961 - Tennessee Williams' 'The Night of the Iguana' opens on Broadway at the Royale Theatre.
  • 1967 - First woman seat owner of New York Stock Exchange, Muriel Siebert, admitted.
  • 1974 - 6.8 earthquake in Pakistan kills 5,200.
  • 1981 - America's first test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, is born in Norfolk, VA.
  • 2014 - AirAsia jet with 162 passengers disappears after takeoff in Surabaya; third Malaysia-based airline disaster this year.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • The Holy Innocents-Childermas
  • Anthony of Lerins
  • Theodore the Sanctified

Holiday:

  • Holy Innocents Day celebrated in Yugoslavia

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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