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Friday, December 28, 2007

December 28......

December 28 is the 362nd (363rd in leap years) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 3 days remaining in the year on this date.

Day of the week in surrounding years:
1981,1987,1992,1998,. . . .—MON—2009
1982,. . . .,1993,1999,2004—TUE—2010
1983,1988,1994,. . . .,2005—WED—2011
. . . .,1989,1995,2000,2006—THU—. . . .
1984,1990,. . . .,2001,2007—FRI—2012
1985,1991,1996,2002,. . . .—SAT—2013
1986,. . . .,1997,2003,2008—SUN—2014

Best Liberal Quote of the Day: On Soul "To dispose a soul to action we must upset its equilibrium." — Eric Hoffer

Stupidest and/or Scariest Quote from the Right for the Day: On All Hail King George "Even the president is not omnipotent. Would that he were. He often says that life would be easier if it were a dictatorship. But it's not, and he's glad it's a democracy." — Josuha B. Bolten, White House budget Director. Elisabeth Bumiller, "Bush 'Compassion' Agenda: An '04 Liability?" New York Times, 8-26-03.

Dumbest Thing Said for the Day: From Politics "The progress of the times . . . [is] . . . . such that little children, who can neither walk nor talk, may be seen cursing their Maker!" — Sir Boyle Roche was an eighteenth-century Irish member of Parliament noted for malapropisms and other gaffes, Sir Boyle is Hall of Shame member #5

{Disclaimer: I have attempted to give credit to the many different sources that I get entries. Any failure to do so is unintentional. Any statement enclosed by brackets like these are the opinion of the blogger, A Proud Liberal.}


NASA ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY

A Beautiful Boomerang Nebula


Credit: Hubble Heritage Team, J. Biretta (STScI) et al., (STScI/AURA), ESA, NASA
Click picture to go to NASA APOD site for full explanation


EVENTS

● 1065 - Westminster Abbey is consecrated.

● 1308 - The reign of Emperor Hanazono, emperor of Japan, begins.

● 1612 - Galileo Galilei becomes the first astronomer to observe the planet Neptune, although he mistakenly catalogued it as a fixed star.

● 1831 - Thirty thousand slaves in Jamaica begin armed insurrection.

● 1832 - Vice President John C. Calhoun of South Carolina resigns in order to lead the South's fight for slavery, a cause he called "a perfect good."

● 1835 - Seminoles destroy a column of 110 invading soldiers.

● 1836 - South Australia and Adelaide are founded.

● 1836 - Spain recognizes independence of Mexico.

● 1846 - Iowa is admitted as the 29th U.S. state.

● 1863 - Russia - Nihilists annihilate Chief of Police.

● 1867 - United States claims Midway Island, first territory annexed outside Continental limits.

● 1869 - Knights of Labor hold their first meeting, Philadelphia.

● 1869 - William E. Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio patents chewing gum.

● 1879 - Birth of long-time Seattle labor leader Jimmy Duncan.

● 1879 - The Tay Bridge Disaster: The central part of the Tay Rail Bridge in Dundee, Scotland collapses as a train passed over it, killing 75.

● 1882 - Arthur Eddington, pacifist astronomer, born, Britain.

● 1895 - The Lumière brothers have their first paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Boulevard des Capucines marking the debut of the cinema.

● 1903 - Electric lamp sets fire to Iroquois Theater in Chicago; 602 die, many trampled to death as a result of defective provisions for safety and exit.

● 1908 - Earthquake strikes Messina, Italy; 80,000 die.

● 1912 - The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco.

● 1935 - Pravda publishes a letter by Pavel Postyshev, who revives New Year tree tradition in the Soviet Union.

● 1936 - Sit-down strike against General Motors begins at Fisher Body plant in Cleveland.

● 1939 - First flight of the Consolidated XB-24 Liberator" bomber prototype.

● 1943 - All inhabitants of Kalmukkie deported, about 70,000 killed.

● 1944 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the Army to seize the executive offices of Montgomery Ward & Company after the patriotic corporation fails to comply with a National War Labor Board directive regarding union shops.

● 1945 - The U.S. Congress officially recognizes the Pledge of Allegiance.

● 1948 - The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami, Florida.

● 1950 - Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea.

● 1950 - The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park.

● 1959 - Jazz pianist Bill Evans records the album Portrait in Jazz with his newly formed Bill Evans Trio.

● 1962 - Government outlaws 36 organizations under "Suppression of Communism Act," South Africa.

● 1968 - Anti-draft conference launches "Don't Register" campaign, Australia.

● 1969 - ACLU charges police in nine cities are illegally harassing members of the Black Panther Party.

● 1971 - Eighty-eight Vietnam Veterans Against the War are arrested at a White House protest.

● 1971 - Vietnam veteran antiwar protesters peacefully end their occupation of the Statue of Liberty.

● 1973 - Alexander Solzhenitsyn publishes "Gulag Archipelago."

● 1973 - The Endangered Species Act is passed in the United States.

● 1974 - Senegalese marxist group Reenu-Rew founds the political movement And-Jëf at a clandestine congress.

● 1981 - Peace camp set up at Molesworth cruise missile base, Britain.

● 1981 - The first American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, is born in Norfolk, Virginia.

● 1984 - Accidental launch of U.S.S.R. missile toward Germany destroyed in flight.

● 1989 - A magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, killing 13 people.

● 1995 - Ten activists are arrested for trespass at the Strategic Nuclear Command Center near Omaha, Nebraska.

● 1996 - Three arrested at Capitol Hill post office in Seattle for refusing to leave after attempting to mail humanitarian supplies to Iraq in defiance of U.S.-led embargo.

● 1999 - Saparmurat Niyazov is proclaimed President for Life in Turkmenistan.

● 2000 - U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.

● 2005 - A U.S. immigration judge orders John Demjanjuk deported to Ukraine for crimes against humanity committed during World War II


BIRTHS

● 1164 - Emperor Rokujō of Japan (d. 1176)

● 1522 - Margaret of Austria, regent of the Netherlands (d. 1583)

● 1619 - Antoine Furetière, French writer (d. 1688)

● 1635 - Princess Elizabeth of England (d. 1650)

● 1655 - Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (d. 1698)

● 1665 - George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, British general (d. 1716)

● 1763 - John Molson, English-born Canadian brewer (d. 1836)

● 1778 - Franciszek Ksawery Drucki-Lubecki, Polish politician (d. 1846)

● 1842 - Calixa Lavallée, French-Canadian composer (O Canada) (d. 1891)

● 1856 - Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, Nobel laureate (d. 1924)

● 1866 - Szymon Askenazy, Polish diplomat (d. 1935)

● 1879 - Billy Mitchell, American military aviation pioneer (d. 1936)

● 1882 - Arthur Stanley Eddington, British astronomer (d. 1944)

● 1888 - Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, German film director (d. 1931)

● 1898 - Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (d. 1957)

● 1898 - Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (d. 1947)

● 1899 - Eugeniusz Bodo, Polish actor (d. 1943)

● 1902 - Mortimer Adler, American philosopher (d. 2001)

● 1902 - Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (d. 1988)

● 1903 - Earl Hines, American musician (d. 1983)

● 1903 - John von Neumann, Hungarian-born mathematician (d. 1957)

● 1905 - Cliff Arquette, American actor (d. 1974)

● 1908 - Lew Ayres, American actor (d. 1996)

● 1913 - Lou Jacobi, Canadian actor

● 1915 - Pops Staples, American musician (The Staple Singers) (d. 2000)

● 1922 - Stan Lee, American comic book writer

● 1924 - Milton Obote, President of Uganda (d. 2005)

● 1925 - Hildegard Knef, German actress (d. 2002)

● 1928 - Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (d. 2001)

● 1929 - Brian Redhead, British journalist (d. 1994)

● 1929 - Terry Sawchuk, Canadian hockey player (d. 1970)

● 1931 - Guy Debord, French writer (d. 1994)

● 1932 - Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman (d. 2002)

● 1932 - Manuel Puig, Argentine writer (d. 1990)

● 1932 - Roy Hattersley, British politician

● 1932 - Dorsey Burnette, American singer (d. 1979)

● 1932 - Harry Howell, Canadian hockey player

● 1933 - Nichelle Nichols, American actress

● 1933 - John Y. Brown, Jr., American politician

● 1934 - Dame Maggie Smith, British actress

● 1934 - Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (d. 1987)

● 1936 - Jacques Mesrine, French criminal (d. 1979)

● 1937 - Ratan Tata, Indian industrialist

● 1939 - Philip Anschutz, American businessman

● 1940 - Don Francisco, Chilean television host

● 1943 - Richard Whiteley, British television presenter (d. 2005)

● 1943 - David Peterson, Canadian politician

● 1944 - Johnny Isakson, American politician

● 1944 - Kary Mullis, American chemist, Nobel laureate

● 1946 - Edgar Winter, American musician

● 1946 - Pierre Falardeau, Quebec film director

● 1947 - Aurelio Rodríguez, Mexican baseball player (d. 2000)

● 1950 - Alex Chilton, American musician (Box Tops)

● 1950 - Øivind Blunck, Norwegian comedian and actor

● 1951 - Ian Buruma, Anglo-Dutch scholar and writer on Japan and the Far East.

● 1953 - Richard Clayderman, French pianist

● 1954 - Denzel Washington, American actor

● 1956 - Nigel Kennedy, British violinist

● 1957 - Anne Sargeant, Australian netballer

● 1959 - Ana Torroja, Spanish singer (Mecano)

● 1959 - Phil Abrams, American actor

● 1960 - Raymond Bourque, Canadian hockey player

● 1962 - Rachel Z, American pianist

● 1962 - Michel Petrucciani, French pianist (d. 1999)

● 1962 - Melissa R. Kelly, former Maryland politician

● 1967 - Chris Ware, American cartoonist

● 1969 - Linus Torvalds, Finnish computer programmer

● 1970 - Francesca Le, American porn star

● 1971 - Frank Sepe, American bodybuilder

● 1971 - Benny Agbayani, American baseball player

● 1972 - Patrick Rafter, Australian tennis player

● 1972 - Adam Vinatieri, American football player

● 1973 - Herborg Kråkevik, Norwegian singer and actress

● 1973 - Seth Meyers, American actor

● 1974 - Jason Ridge, American porn actor

● 1975 - B.J. Ryan, American baseball player

● 1977 - Shane Elford, Australian sportsman

● 1978 - John Legend, American musician

● 1979 - James Blake, American tennis player

● 1979 - Bill Hall, American baseball player

● 1980 - Lomana LuaLua, Congo footballer

● 1980 - Vanessa Ferlito, American actress

● 1981 - Sienna Miller, British actress

● 1981 - Mika Väyrynen, Finnish footballer

● 1982 - Cedric Benson, American football player

● 1982 - Kevin Pereira, American television host

● 1982 - Quinton Porter, American football player

● 1983 - Mike He, Taiwanese actor

● 1984 - Leroy Lita, English footballer

● 1984 - Alex Lloyd, British racing driver

● 1986 - Tom Huddlestone, English footballer

● 1987 - Thomas Dekker, American actor


DEATHS

● 300 - Theonas, Patriarch of Alexandria

● 1367 - Ashikaga Yoshiakira, Japanese shogun (b. 1330)

● 1446 - Antipope Clement VIII

● 1503 - Piero di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1471)

● 1558 - Hermann Finck, German composer (b. 1527)

● 1622 - Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva and saint (b. 1567)

● 1663 - Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1618)

● 1671 - Johann Friedrich Gronovius, German classical scholar (b. 1611)

● 1694 - Queen Mary II of England (b. 1662), of the famed joint monarchy William and Mary.

● 1703 - Mustafa II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1664)

● 1706 - Pierre Bayle, French philosopher (b. 1647)

● 1708 - Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist (b. 1656)

● 1715 - William Carstares, Scottish minister (b. 1649)

● 1734 - Robert Roy MacGregor, Scottish folk hero (b. 1671)

● 1736 - Antonio Caldara, Italian composer (b. 1670)

● 1795 - Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (b. 1747)

● 1859 - Thomas Macaulay, British poet (b. 1800)

● 1872 - James Van Ness, Mayor of San Francisco (1855-1856) (b. 1808)

● 1877 - Nikolai Alekseevich Nekrasov, Russian poet (b. 1821)

● 1900 - Alexandre Alberto da Rocha de Serpa Pinto, Portuguese explorer (b. 1846)

● 1916 - Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (b. 1835)

● 1917 - Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (b. 1892)

● 1918 - Olavo Bilac, Brazilian poet (b. 1865)

● 1919 - Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (b. 1854)

● 1924 - Léon Bakst, Russian artist (b. 1866)

● 1925 - Sergei Yesenin, Russian poet (b. 1895)

● 1932 - Jack Blackham, Australian cricketer (b. 1854)

● 1937 - Maurice Ravel, French composer (b. 1875)

● 1938 - Florence Lawrence, American actress (b. 1886)

● 1943 - Steve Evans, American baseball player (b. 1885)

● 1945 - Theodore Dreiser, American author (b. 1871)

● 1947 - King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy (b. 1869)

● 1949 - Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete (b. 1910)

● 1952 - Fletcher Henderson, American musician (b. 1897)

● 1962 - Kathleen Clifford, American actress (b. 1887)

● 1963 - Paul Hindemith, German composer (b. 1895)

● 1967 - Katharine McCormick, American women's rights activist (b. 1875)

● 1971 - Max Steiner, Austrian-born American film music composer (b. 1888)

● 1976 - Katharine Byron, American politician (b. 1903)

● 1976 - Freddie King, American musician (b. 1934)

● 1981 - Allan Dwan, Canadian-born film director (b. 1885)

● 1983 - William Demarest, American actor (b. 1892)

● 1983 - Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (b. 1910)

● 1983 - Dennis Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys) (b. 1944)

● 1984 - Sam Peckinpah, American film director (b. 1925)

● 1986 - Andrei Tarkovsky, Russian film director (b. 1932)

● 1989 - Hermann Oberth, German physicist (b. 1894)

● 1991 - Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (b. 1952)

● 1992 - Sal Maglie, American baseball player (b. 1917)

● 1994 - Jean-Louis Lévesque, French Canadian entrepreneur (b. 1911)

● 1999 - Clayton Moore, American actor (b. 1914)

● 2001 - Samuel A. Goldblith, American food scientist (b. 1919)

● 2001 - William X. Kienzle, American novelist (b. 1928)

● 2003 - Benjamin Hacker, American admiral (b. 1935)

● 2004 - Jerry Orbach, American actor (b. 1935)

● 2004 - Susan Sontag, American writer (b. 1933)

● 2006 - Jamal Karimi-Rad, Iranian Minister of Justice (b. 1956)


HOLIDAYS AND OBSERVANCES

● Roman Catholic:
● Feast of the Holy Innocents, commemorating the Massacre of the Innocents on order of King Herod the Great.
● St. Anthony the Hermit
● St. Caesarius
● St. Castor
● St. Domnio
● Sts. Eutychius & Domitian
● St. Maughold
● Sts. Romulus and Conindrus
● St. Troadius

● Russian Orthodox Christian Menaion Calendar for December 15 (Civil Date: December 28)
● Nativity Fast.
● Hieromartyr Eleutherius, Bishop of Illyria, and his mother Martyr Anthia.
● St. Paul of Latros.
● St. Stephen the confessor, Archbishop Surozha in the Crimea.
● Martyr Eleutherius at Constantinople.
● St. Pardus, hermit of Palestine.
● Martyr Bacchus the New.
● Martyr Susanna the deaconess of Palestine.
● St. Tryphon, abbot of Pechenga or Kolsk, and his martyred disciple Jonah.
● NEW HIEROMARTYR Joseph, Metropolitan of Petrograd (1938)
● NEW HIEROMARTYR Ilarion (Troitsky) (1929).
● New Martyr Paul (Florensky).

● Greek Calendar:
● Martyr Koremon the Epatch and two executioners martyred with him.

● Coptic Church:
● St. Abel

● Feast of the Holy Innocents, also known as Childermas, commemorating the Massacre of the Innocents on order of King Herod the Great. In Spain and Latin American countries the festival is celebrated in a manner similar to April Fool's Day.

● Proclamation Day in South Australia



THIS IS AN ABBREVIATED POST FOR THIS DATE USING ONLY THE FOLLOWING SEVEN SOURCES. A COMPLETE POST IS PLANNED AS SOON AS TIME ALLOWS.

Click on this LINK to see original Wikipedia list with many having links with details.

Geov Parrish's this Day in Radical History, things that happened on this day that you never had to memorize in school.

Roman Catholic Saint of the Day

Russian Orthodox Christian Menaion Calendar

Liberal Quotes of the Day taken from The Best Liberal Quotes Ever: Why the Left Is Right Compiled by William P. Martin ©2004

Quotes from the Right of the Day taken from Take Them at Their Words: Startling, Amusing and Baffling Quotations from the GOP and Their Friends, 1994-2004 Compiled by Bruce J. Miller with Diana Maio ©2004

Dumbest Thing Said for the Day taken from 1001 Dumbest Things Ever Said Edited by Steven D. Price ©2004


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1 comment:

historyforest said...

Cool, another post on the web about John C. Calhoun resigning his job as Vice President! :)