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28 December: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?


28 December: In a year, the 28th of December is the 362nd day as per the Georgian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 363rd day of the year.

What special day is today?

On this day, wireless telegraphy was used for the relay bulletin of the first weather report, The Endangered Species Act was signed by Richard Nixon, and Monarchy was abolished in the Himalayan nation Nepal.

Famous birthdays include Ratan Tata, Stan Lee, and Maggie Smith.

December 28 also marks Republic Day (South Sudan).

Let’s explore what happened today.

28 December: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 28 December

Art & Artists

  • 1934 Pablo Gargallo, the celebrated Spanish sculptor died on this day. He was noted for his use of iron and other metals in sculpting mind-blowing figures.
  • 1954 Denzel Washington, the American actor who was known for his brilliant performances in the movies like Malcolm X (1992), Glory (1989), and Training Day (2001) was born.

Science & Technology

  • 1904 Wireless telegraphy was used for the relay bulletin of the first weather report which was published in London.
  • 1981 The conception of the first “test tube” baby (girl) in America at Norfolk General Hospital. Vitro fertilization was used for this purpose.

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Leaders & Politics

  • 1885 The foundation of INC (Indian National Congress) in Bombay, India.
  • 2007 Monarchy was abolished in the Himalayan nation Nepal.

People & Society

  • 1065 The Westminster Abbey (original), a royal church was opened in London after being pronounced sacred.
  • 1923 Eiffel Tower’s eminent designer Gustave Eiffel died on this day.
  • 1963 The Endangered Species Act was signed by Richard Nixon, the President of the U.S.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

  • 1908 High magnitude (7.1 Mw) Messina earthquake shivered Southern Italy which took 75,000 and 200,000 lives.
  • 2014  Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 bumped into the Strait of Karimata while flying from the Indonesian port city of Surabaya to the city-state of Singapore. The incident killed 162 people.

Discoveries & Explorations

  • 2005 The launch of Galileo, the novel satellite of a satellite network by a group of European companies and governments.

Leisure & Sports

  • 1944In one NHL ice hockey match, Maurice Richard scored 8 points. He became the first player to do so.
  • 2008The Detroit Lions lost all sixteen NFL games in a regular season.

Birth Anniversaries (28 December)

  • 1856 – Woodrow Wilson (28th President, United States)
  • 1922 – Stan Lee (Comic book writer, America)
  • 1934 – Maggie Smith (Actress, Britain)
  • 1937 – Ratan Tata (Industrialist-Businessman, India)
  • 1962 – Michel Petrucciani (Pianist, French/American)

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Death Anniversaries (28 December)

  • 1694 – Mary II (Queen, England, Scotland, & Ireland)
  • 1937 – Maurice Ravel (Composer, France)
  • 1959 – Ante Pavelic (Politician, Croatia)
  • 1984 – Sam Peckinpah (Director-screenwriter, America)
  • 2004 – Susan Sontag (Author, America)
  • 2015 – Lemmy (singer-songwriter-actor, England)

What Special Day is Today: (28 December)

  • Republic Day (South Sudan)
  • Proclamation Day (South Australia)
  • King Taksin Memorial Day (Thailand)
  • The fourth of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Western Christianity)


The day (28 December) reveals stories from around the world. Some people go to the top and others to the bottom in their respective fields.

Nations saw a transformation in every sphere on this day in history.

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