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This Day in History for December 28

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1832 – John C Calhoun becomes 1st VP to resign (differences with President Jackson)

1867 – United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.

1869 – William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents chewing gum.

1902 – 1st indoor pro football game, Syracuse beats Philadelphia 6-0 (Madison Square Garden, NYC)

1905 – Intercollegiate Athletic Association of US founded (becomes NCAA in 1910)

1912 – 1st municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California as SF Municipal Railway starts operation at Geary Street.

1925 – George and Ira Gershwin’s musical “Tip-Toes” premieres in New York City.

1934 – Film “Bright Eyes” premieres starring Shirley Temple and featuring the song “On the Good Ship Lollipop”

1942 – Robert Sullivan becomes 1st pilot to fly Atlantic 100 times.

1945 – Congress officially recognizes “Pledge of Allegiance”

1957 – CBS states it won’t broadcast baseball where minor league games are on.

1958 – Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1.

1958 – “The Greatest Game Ever Played”, Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in the first ever sudden-death overtime game in NFL history (17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game)

1963 – Merle Haggard 1st appearance on country chart with “Sing a Sad Song”

1973 – US President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law.

1981 – 1st American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr is born in Norfolk, Va.

1993 – Dow-Jones hits record 3793.49.

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

2012 – Vladimir Putin signs into law a ban on US adoption of Russian children.