December 28 events in history

457 Majorian is acclaimed emperor of the Western Roman Empire and recognized by emperor Leo I the Thracian
484 Alaric II succeeds his father Euric and becomes king of the Visigoths. He establishes his capital at Aire-sur-l'Adour (Southern Gaul)
893 An earthquake destroys the city of Dvin, Armenia
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
1768 King Taksin's coronation achieved through conquest as a king of Thailand and established Thonburi as a capital
1795 Construction of Yonge Street, formerly recognized as the longest street in the world, begins in York, Upper Canada (present-day Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
1824 The Bathurst War comes to an end with the surrender of the Wiradjuri
1832 John C. Calhoun becomes the first Vice President of the United States to resign
1835 Osceola leads his Seminole warriors in Florida into the Second Seminole War against the United States Army
1836 South Australia and Adelaide are founded
1836 Spain recognizes the independence of Mexico
1846 Iowa is admitted as the 29th U.S. state
1867 United States claims Midway Atoll, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits
1879 Tay Bridge disaster: The central part of the Tay Rail Bridge in Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom collapses as a train passes over it, killing 75
1885 Indian National Congress, a political party of India is founded in Bombay, British India
1895 The Lumière brothers perform for their first paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Boulevard des Capucines, marking the debut of the cinema
1895 Wilhelm Röntgen publishes a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, which later will be known as x-rays
1902 The Syracuse Athletic Club defeated the New York Philadelphians, 5–0, in the first indoor professional football game, which was held at Madison Square Garden
1908 A magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocks Messina, Sicily, Italy killing over 75,000
1912 The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California
1918 Constance Markievicz, while detained in Holloway prison, became the first woman to be elected MP to the British House of Commons
1935 Pravda publishes a letter by Pavel Postyshev, who revives New Year tree tradition in the Soviet Union
1941 World War II: Operation Anthropoid, the plot to assassinate high-ranking Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich, commences
1943 World War II: After eight days of brutal house-to-house fighting, the Battle of Ortona concludes with the victory of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division over the German 1st Parachute Division and the capture of the Italian town of Ortona
1944 Maurice Richard becomes the first player to score 8 points in one game of NHL ice hockey
1948 The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami, Florida
1956 Chin Peng, David Marshall and Tunku Abdul Rahman meet in Baling, Malaya to try and resolve the Malayan Emergency situation
1958 "Greatest Game Ever Played" – Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants in the first ever National Football League sudden death overtime game at New York's Yankee Stadium
1972 Kim Il-sung, already Prime Minister of North Korea and First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, becomes the first President of North Korea
1973 The Endangered Species Act is passed in the United States
1978 With the crew investigating a problem with the landing gear, United Airlines Flight 173 runs out of fuel and crashes in Portland, Oregon, killing 10. As a result, United Airlines instituted the industry's first crew resource management program
1989 A magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, killing 13 people
2000 U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years
2008 War in Somalia: The militaries of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government and Ethiopian troops capture Mogadishu unopposed
2009 Forty-three people die in a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, where Shia Muslims are observing the Day of Ashura
2010 Arab Spring: Popular protests begin in Algeria against the government
2011 Uludere airstrike: Turkish warplanes bomb 34 Kurds of Turkish nationality in the district of Uludere