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December 28 Historical Events

The following events took place on December 28. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 40 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 457
    Majorian is acclaimed emperor of the Western Roman Empire and recognized by Emperor Leo I the Thracian.
  • 484
    Alaric II succeeds his father Euric and becomes king of the Visigoths. He establishes his capital at Aire-sur-l'Adour (Southern Gaul).
  • 893
    An earthquake destroys the city of Dvin, Armenia.
  • 1065
    Westminster Abbey is consecrated.
  • 1308
    The reign of Emperor Hanazono of Japan begins.
  • 1612
    Galileo Galilei becomes the first astronomer to observe the planet Neptune, although he mistakenly catalogued it as a fixed star.
  • 1768
    King Taksin’s coronation achieved through conquest as a king of Thailand and established Thonburi as a capital.
  • 1795
    Construction of Yonge Street, formerly recognized as the longest street in the world, begins in York, Upper Canada (present-day Toronto).
  • 1824
    The Bathurst War comes to an end with the surrender of the Wiradjuri.
  • 1832
    John C. Calhoun becomes the first Vice President of the United States to resign.
  • 1835
    Osceola leads his Seminole warriors in Florida into the Second Seminole War against the United States Army.
  • 1836
    South Australia and Adelaide are founded.
  • 1836
    Spain recognizes the independence of Mexico.
  • 1846
    Iowa is admitted as the 29th U.S. state.
  • 1867
    United States claims Midway Atoll, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.
  • 1879
    Tay Bridge disaster: The central part of the Tay Rail Bridge in Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom collapses as a train passes over it, killing 75.
  • 1885
    Indian National Congress, a political party of India is founded in Bombay Presidency, British India.
  • 1895
    The Lumière brothers perform for their first paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Boulevard des Capucines, marking the debut of the cinema.
  • 1895
    Wilhelm Röntgen publishes a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, which later will be known as x-rays.
  • 1902
    The Syracuse Athletic Club defeated the New York Philadelphians, 5–0, in the first indoor professional football game, which was held at Madison Square Garden.
  • 1908
    A magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocks Messina, Sicily, Italy killing over 75,000.
  • 1912
    The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco.
  • 1918
    Constance Markievicz, while detained in Holloway prison, became the first woman to be elected MP to the British House of Commons.
  • 1935
    Pravda publishes a letter by Pavel Postyshev, who revives New Year tree tradition in the Soviet Union.
  • 1941
    World War II: Operation Anthropoid, the plot to assassinate high-ranking Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich, commences.
  • 1943
    World War II: After eight days of brutal house-to-house fighting, the Battle of Ortona concludes with the victory of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division over the German 1st Parachute Division and the capture of the Italian town of Ortona.
  • 1944
    Maurice Richard becomes the first player to score eight points in one game of NHL ice hockey.
  • 1948
    The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami.
  • 1956
    Chin Peng, David Marshall and Tunku Abdul Rahman meet in Baling, Malaya to try and resolve the Malayan Emergency situation.
  • 1958
    “Greatest Game Ever Played”: Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants in the first ever National Football League sudden death overtime game at New York’s Yankee Stadium.

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