1688 - William of Orange makes a triumphant march into London as James II flees

1694 - George I of England get's divorced and Queen Mary the Second dies

1763 - John Molson, founder of Molson Beer, was born

1832 - John C. Calhoun became the first vice president to resign

1836 - Spain recognized Mexico's Independence

1846 - Iowa is admitted as the 20th State in the Union

1869 - William E. Semple of Mt. Vernon Ohio patented chewing gum

1872 - The US Army defeats a group of Apache warriers at Salt River Canyon, AZ

1897 - The play "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand premiers in Paris

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

1904 - Georgia farmers burn to million bales of cotton to inflate falling prices

1912 - The first municipally owned street car ran in San Francisco

1922 - Stan Lee, cartoonist, was born

1933 - US President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares that "The definite policy of the United States, from now on, is one opposed to armed intervention."

1936 - Benito Mussolini sends planes to Spain to support Francisco Franco's forces

1938 - France orders the doubling of forces in Somaliland

1945 - Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance

1946 - The French declare martial law in Vietnam

1948 - Premier Nokrashy Pasha of Egypt was assasinated by a member of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood because he failed to achieve victory in the war against Israel

1951 - The US pays $120,000 to free four pilots convicted of espionage in Hungary

1954 - Denzel Washington was born

1965 - the US bans oil sales to Rhodesia

1968 - Israeli commandos raided Beirut Airport, destroying 13 aircraft

1971 - The US Dept. of Justice sues Mississippi officials for ignoring the voting ballots of black voters

1999 - US Dept. of Defense shuts down it's website as a Y2K precaution

December 28

The Third Day of Christmas

Holy Innocents' Day/Childermas: when the boys aged two and under were slaughtered by Herod the Great. Read Dead Hand Writing for an interesting story connected to this.

The Third Day of Kwanza

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