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This Day in History for December 28

1732 – 1st known ad for “Poor Richard’s Almanack” (Pennsylvania Gazette)

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

1849 – M. Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidently upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect.

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

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

1877 – John Stevens, applies for patent for his flour rolling mill.

1904 – 1st daily wireless weather forecasts published (London)

1912 – The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California.

1935 – WPA Federal Art Project Gallery open in NYC.

1945 – Congress officially recognizes “Pledge of Allegiance”

1949 – 20th Century Fox announces it would produce TV programs.

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

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

1969 – Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” premieres in NYC.

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

1976 – “Fiddler on the Roof” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 167 performances.

1984 – TV soap “Edge of Night” ends 28 year run.

1991 – Ted Turner is named Time Magazine Man of Year.

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.

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