December 28 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1065 Westminster Abbey Consecrated in London

1612 First observation of Neptune – Galileo observes and records a “fixed star” without realising it is a planet

1767 King Taksin crowned King of Thailand and establishes Thonburi as his capital

1836 Spain recognizes the independence of Mexico

1860 Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn, New York, on her last mission to free slaves, having evaded capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad

1908 Earthquake strikes Messina in Italy, killing nearly 80,000

1943 All Kalmyk inhabitants of the Republic of Kalmukkie deported by the Soviet Union to Central Asia and Siberia. Many die en route.

Today’s Historical Events

418 St Boniface I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

801 Louis the Vrome occupies Barcelona

1065 Westminster 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 Benjamin Franklin under the pseudonym Richard Saunders begins publication of “Poor Richard’s Almanack

1767 King Taksin crowned King of Thailand and establishes Thonburi as his capital

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1895 Filmmakers the Lumiere brothers, hold the first commercial film screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris

1927 Arthur Honegger‘s opera “Antigone” premieres with a libretto by Jean Cocteau, sets by Pablo Picasso and costumes by Coco Chanel at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels

1934 Film “Bright Eyes” premieres starring Shirley Temple and featuring the song “On the Good Ship Lollipop”

1949 20th Century Fox announces it will produce TV programs

1953 WLBT TV channel 3 in Jackson, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting

1954 KEPR TV channel 19 in Pasco-Kennewick-Richl, WA (CBS) 1st broadcast

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

Today’s Historical Music Events

1821 Composer Gioachino Rossini moves to Bologna

1910 Opera “Konigskinder” is produced (NYC)

1925 George and Ira Gershwin‘s musical “Tip-Toes” premieres in New York City

1928 Ma Rainey, “Mother of the Blues” makes her last record “Big Feelin’ Blues”

1944 Leonard Bernstein‘s musical “On the Town” premieres in NYC

1958 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1

1963 “Double Dublin” closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances

1963 “Jennie” closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 82 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1887 John Layton Jarvis becomes first British race horse trainer to be knighted for services to racing

1905 Intercollegiate Athletic Association of US founded (becomes NCAA in 1910)

1918 Montreal’s Georges Vezina becomes the first NHL goalie to record an assist during the Canadiens’ 6-3 win over the Toronto Arenas

1934 First ever Women’s cricket international begins England vs Australia in Australia

1938 Paul Gibb scores 106 on Test Cricket debut v South Africa

1940 Cricketer Arthur Morris scores 111 in 2nd innings of 1st game after 148

1944 Former Wash 3rd baseman Buddy Lewis wins Distinguished Flying Cross

1944 Montreal right wing Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard becomes first player in NHL history to score 8 points in one game with 5 goals and 3 assists in the Canadiens’ 9-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings