On This Day in History, December 28

You could still be in the Christmas festivities mood and might be looking for an activity outside the usual. Here is a list of major events that happened on December 28 to help you stay knowledgeable.

Read on to learn more.

  • 1694 – Queen Mary II of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III.
  • 1828 – 6.8 earthquake struck Echigo Japan, and killed 30,000 people.
  • 1832 – John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down over differences with President Jackson.
  • 1836Mexico’s independence was recognized by Spain.
  • 1846Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.
  • 1895 – The first commercial public screening of cinematographic films took place in Paris.
  • 1908 – An earthquake killed over 75,000 at Messina in Sicily.
  • 1912 – The first municipally-owned streetcars were used on the streets of San Francisco, CA.
  • 1934 – The first-ever Women’s cricket international began with England vs Australia in Australia.
  • 1937 – The Irish Free State became the Republic of Ireland when a new constitution established the country as a sovereign state under the name of Eire.
  • 1945 – The U.S. Congress officially recognized the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
  • 1948 – America announced a study to launch an Earth satellite.
  • 1950 – The Peak District became Britain’s first designated National Park.
  • 1972 – Kim Il-song became the president of North Korea.
  • 1973 – American President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law.
  • 1975 – 4,000 people died following an earthquake in Pakistan
  • 1981 – Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American test-tube baby, was born in Norfolk, VA.
  • 1984 – Ted Hughes was appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 1985 – America performed a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 2012Vladimir Putin signed into law a ban on the US adoption of Russian children.

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