On Your Birthday: December 28



1732 – Benjamin Fraklin’s “The Pennsylvania Gazette” ran an ad for the first issue of “Poor Richard’s Almanack”.

1832 – John C. Calhoun became the first Vice President of the United States to resign, stepping down over differences with President Jackson.

1846 – Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.

1849 – Dry cleaning was invented.

1869 – William E. Semple, of Mt. Vernon, OH, patents chewing gum.

1877 – John Stevens applied for a patent for his flour-rolling mill. This equipment would boost production by 70%.

1895 – In Paris, the first commercial public screening of cinematographic films took place.

1902 – The first professional indoor football game was played at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Syracuse defeated the Philadelphia Nationals 6-0.

1912 – The first municipally-owned street cars were used on the streets of San Francisco, CA.

1945 – Congress officially recognized the “Pledge of Allegiance”.

1958 – The Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants in the firs ever National Football League sudden death overtime game at New York’s Yankee Stadium.

1973 – The Endangered Species Act is passed in the United States.

1973 – The Chamber of Commerce of Akron, OH, terminated its association with the All-American Soap Box Derby. The Chamber felt that the race had become “a victim of cheating and fraud.”

1981 – Warner-Elektra-Atlantic (WEA Records) raised the price of its 45 rpm records from $1.68 to $1.98.

1981 – The first American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, was born in Norfolk, VA.

1981 – Pat Sajak started hosting “Wheel of Fortune”. He replaced Chuck Woolery.

1987 – The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” pilot aired on television.

2000 – U.S. District Court Judge Matsch held a hearing to ensure that confessed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh understood that he was dropping his appeals. McVeigh said that he wanted an execution date set, but wanted to reserve the right to seek presidential clemency.

2000 – Retail giant Montgomery Ward announced that it was going out of business after 128 years.

2008 – The Detroit Lions completed an 0-16 season, the NFL’s worst ever, with a 31-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.



Stan Lee 1922 – Artist, writer, creator of Marvel Comics (Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk)

Nichelle Nichols 1932 – Actress (Played Lieutenant Uhura on “Star Trek”)

Maggie Smith 1934 – Actress (“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”, “Othello”, “Travels With My Aunt”, “California Suite”, “A Room With a View”, “Gosford Park”, “Harry Potter” movies, TV’s “Downton Abbey”)

Edgar Winter 1946 – Musician (The Edgar Winter Group)

Denzel Washington 1954 – Actor (“Glory”, “Malcolm X”, “The Hurricane”, “Training Day”, “Flight”, “Cry Freedom”)

Joe Diffie 1958 – Country singer

Chad McQueen 1960 – Actor (“The Karate Kid”, “The Karate Kid Part II”, “New York Cop”, “Red Line”, “Death Ring”)

Seth Meyers 1973 – Actor, comedian, talk show host (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, “Late Night with Seth Meyers”)

John Legend 1978 – Singer

Sienna Miller 1981 – Actress (“GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra”, “Casanova”, “Alfie”, “Factory Girl”)

Mackenzie Rosman 1989 – Actress (TV’s “7th Heaven)

David Archuleta 1990 – Singer (Runner-up on TV’s “American Idol: Season 7”)



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