Today in History – December 28

1065 – Edward the Confessor’s Romanesque monastic church at Westminster Abbey was consecrated.

1795 – Construction of Yonge Street, formerly recognized as the longest street in the world, began in York, Upper Canada (present-day Toronto).

1832 – John C. Calhoun became the first Vice President of the United States to resign. He resigned after being elected Senator from South Carolina.

1835 – Osceola led his Seminole warriors in Florida into the Second Seminole War against the United States Army.

1836 – Spain recognized the independence of Mexico with the signing of the Santa María–Calatrava Treaty.

1846 – Iowa was admitted as the 29th U.S. state.

1895 – Wilhelm Röntgen published a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, which later became 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.

1912 – The first municipally owned streetcars took to the streets in San Francisco.

1944 – Maurice Richard became the first player to score eight points in one game of NHL ice hockey.

1944 – The musical On the Town opened in New York City and ran for 462 performances. It featured the song, “New York, New York.”

1948 – The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappeared 50 miles south of Miami.

1958 – “Greatest Game Ever Played”: Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants in the first ever National Football League sudden death overtime game at New York’s Yankee Stadium.

1967 – American businesswoman Muriel Siebert became the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.

1969 – “Temptations Day” was declared in Detroit, MI.

1972 – The last scheduled day for induction into the military by the Selective Service System. Due to the fact that President Richard Nixon declared this day a national day of mourning due to former President Harry S Truman’s death, approximately 300 men were not able to report due to most Federal offices being closed. Since the draft was not resumed in 1973, they were never drafted.

1973 – The United States Endangered Species Act was signed into law by President Richard Nixon.

1975 – Twenty-five year old David Gelfer pointed a .44 magnum at Ted Nugent and was then brought down to the ground by members of the audience and security guards. Gelfer was charged with “intimidating with a weapon.”

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

1983 – Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys drowned while swimming near his boat in the harbor at Marina del Ray, CA.

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