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December 28th Today's Highlights in History

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« on: December 28, 2009, 06:59:25 pm »

Monday, December 28th
The 362nd day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Dec. 28, 1981, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American test-tube baby, was born in Norfolk, Va. (Go to article.)

On Dec. 28, 1905, Earl "Fatha" Hines, the father of modern jazz piano, was born. Following his death on April 22, 1983, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On December 28, 1901, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about Joseph Pulitzer, the owner of the New York World newspaper. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1694    Queen Mary II of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III.

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

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

1856    Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, was born in Staunton, Va.

1897    "Cyrano de Bergerac," a play by Edmond Rostand, premiered in Paris.

1905    The forerunner of the NCAA, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States, was founded in New York City.

1937    Composer Maurice Ravel died in Paris.

1945    Congress officially recognized the "Pledge of Allegiance."

1958    The Baltimore Colts won the NFL championship, defeating the New York Giants 23-17 in overtime at Yankee Stadium, in what has been dubbed the greatest football game ever played.

1973    Alexander Solzhenitsyn published "Gulag Archipelago," an expose of the Soviet prison system.

1982    Nevell Johnson Jr., a black man, was mortally wounded by a police officer in a Miami video arcade, setting off three days of race-related disturbances that left another man dead.

2004    Activist, author and intellectual Susan Sontag died at age 71.

2004    Actor Jerry Orbach ("Law and Order") died at age 69.

2005    Former top Enron Corp. accountant Richard Causey pleaded guilty to securities fraud and agreed to help pursue convictions against Enron founder Kenneth Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling.

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

Current Birthdays

Charles Neville turns 71 years old today.

AP Photo/Dave Martin Rock singer-musician Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers) turns 71 years old today.

96    Lou Jacobi

87    Stan Lee
Comic book creator ("Spider-Man," "The Incredible Hulk")

78    Martin Milner
Actor ("Adam-12")

77    Nichelle Nichols
Actress ("Star Trek")

75    Maggie Smith

65    Johnny Isakson
U.S. senator, R-Ga.

63    Mike Beebe
Governor of Arkansas

63    Tim Johnson
U.S. senator, D-S.D.

63    Edgar Winter
Rock singer, musician

59    Alex Chilton
Rock singer, musician

55    Denzel Washington

51    Joe Diffie
Country singer

51    Mike McGuire
Country musician (Shenandoah)

49    Ray Borque
Hockey Hall of Famer

49    Chad McQueen

49    Marty Roe
Country singer, musician (Diamond Rio)

45    Malcolm Gets

40    Mauricio Mendoza

37    Patrick Rafter
Tennis Hall of Famer

37    Adam Vinatieri
Football player

36    Seth Meyers
Comedian ("Saturday Night Live")

31    John Legend
R&B singer

30    James Blake
Tennis player

28    Sienna Miller

22    Thomas Dekker

20    Mackenzie Rosman
Actress ("7th Heaven")

19    David Archuleta
Singer ("American Idol")

Historic Birthdays

Earl "Fatha" Hines

12/28/1905 - 4/22/1983
American jazz pianist, bandleader and composer
(Go to obit.)

57    Manuel Puig
12/28/1932 - 7/22/1990
Argentine novelist and screenwriter

88    Lew Ayres
12/28/1908 - 12/30/1996
American actor

58    Carl-Gustaf Rossby
12/28/1898 - 8/19/1957
Swedish meteorologist

61    Sir Arthur Eddington
12/28/1882 - 11/22/1944
English astrophysicist

77    William Draper Harkins
12/28/1873 - 3/7/1951
American chemist

89    Frederick Pethick-Lawrence
12/28/1871 - 9/10/1961
English women's suffrage movement leader

67    Woodrow Wilson
12/28/1856 - 2/3/1924
28th President of the United States (1913-21)

82    Edward Levy-Lawson Burnham
12/28/1833 - 1/9/1916
English creator of London Daily Telegraph newspaper

45    Thomas Henderson
12/28/1798 - 11/23/1844
Scottish astronomer

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