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Today in history

Today is Tuesday, December 28, the 362nd day of 2021. There are three days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On December 28, 2014, the war in Afghanistan, which lasted for 13 bloody years and still rages on, officially ended with a flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul that marked the transition of the fighting of state-led combat troops -United towards the country’s own security forces.

To this date :

In 1612, the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei observed the planet Neptune, but mistook it for a star. (Neptune was not officially discovered until 1846 by Johann Gottfried Galle.)

In 1832, John C. Calhoun became the first Vice President of the United States to resign, resigning due to disputes with President Andrew Jackson.

In 1895, the Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis, organized the first public screening of their films in Paris.

In 1908, a major earthquake followed by a tsunami devastated the Italian city of Messina, killing at least 70,000 people.

In 1945, Congress officially recognized the pledge of allegiance.

In 1972, Kim Il Sung, the Prime Minister of North Korea, was appointed president of the country under a new constitution.

In 1973, the Endangered Species Act was enacted by President Richard Nixon.

In 1975, the “Hail Mary” entered football’s lexicon as Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach threw the ball at Drew Pearson for an unlikely 50-yard touchdown with 24 seconds left to help the Cowboys. to come back to beat the Minnesota Vikings 17-14.

In 1981, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American “test tube” baby, was born in Norfolk, Virginia.

In 1991, nine people died in a crash of people trying to participate in a celebrity rap basketball game at New York City College.

In 2007, Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was buried as the country’s military tried to quell a frenzy of riots following her assassination.

In 2015, a Cleveland grand jury refused to charge a rookie white police officer with the murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a black youth who was shot while playing with what turned out to be a handgun. lead.

Ten years ago: North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong Un escorted his father’s hearse to an elaborate state funeral, bowing grimly and saluting in front of tens of thousands of citizens who cried and tapped the foot of grief for Kim Jong Il. Turkish air force mistakenly killed 35 smugglers and other villagers during an operation targeting Kurdish rebels in Iraq. Kaye Stevens, a singer and actor who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show,” has died in The Villages, Florida at the age of 79.

Five years ago: Movie star Debbie Reynolds, who lit up the screen in “Singin ‘in the Rain” and other Hollywood classics, died aged 84 a day after losing her daughter , Carrie Fisher, who was 60 years old. Former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH’-noh-vich) has said she is retiring from tennis after a series of injuries prevented her from playing at the highest level.

One year ago: Residents and staff at a Seattle-area nursing home that experienced the first deadly COVID-19 outbreak in the United States began receiving vaccines. A Chinese court has sentenced a former lawyer who reported the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak to four years in prison for “organizing fights and causing trouble.” White Columbus, Ohio police officer Adam Coy was fired after body camera footage showed him fatally shooting Andre Hill – a black man holding a cell phone – and failing to have administered first aid for several minutes. (Coy is to be tried for murder in 2022.) “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin has been released from prison after spending two months behind bars for paying half a million dollars in bribes for get his two daughters into college.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Nichelle Nichols is 89 years old. Actress Dame Maggie Smith is 87 years old. Former Sen. Tim Johnson, DS.D., is 75. Rock singer-musician Edgar Winter is 75 years old. Actor Denzel Washington is 67 years old. Gayle King television personality is 67. Actor Chad McQueen is 61 years old. Country singer-musician Marty Roe (Diamond Rio) is 61 years old. Actor Malcolm Gets is 58 years old. Actor Mauricio Mendoza is 52 years old. Actress Elaine Hendrix is ​​51 years old. Political commentator Ana Navarro is 50 years old. Meyers is 48 years old. Actor Brendan Hines is 45 years old. Actor Joe Manganiello is 45 years old. Actor Vanessa Ferlito is 44 years old. R&B singer John Legend is 43 years old. Rapper-musician-producer Terrace Martin is 43 years old. Actor Andre Holland is 42 years old. Actor Sienna Miller is 40 years old. Actor Beau Garrett (TV: “The Good Doctor”) is 39 years old. Actor Thomas Dekker is 34 years old. Actor Mackenzie Rosman is 32 years old. Pop singer David Archuleta is 31 years old. Actor Mary-Charles Jones (TV: “Kevin Can Wait”) is 20. Actor Miles Brown is 17 years old.

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