UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 28, 2020

On Dec. 28, 1065, Westminster Abbey was consecrated.

By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 28, 2020
Tourists walk around Westminster Abbey on April 27, 2011, as London prepares for the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. On December 28, 1065, Westminster Abbey was consecrated. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

Today is Monday, Dec. 28, the 363rd day of 2020 with three to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, in 1856; jazz pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines in 1903; comic book writer/character creator Stan Lee in 1922; actor Martin Milner in 1931; actor Maggie Smith in 1934 (age 86); entrepreneur Philip Anschutz in 1939 (age 81); rock musician Edgar Winter in 1946 (age 74); actor Denzel Washington in 1954 (age 66); TV personality Gayle King in 1954 (age 66); Chinese activist/Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo in 1955; comedian Seth Meyers in 1973 (age 47); actor Joe Manganiello in 1976 (age 44); singer John Legend, born John Roger Stephens, in 1978 (age 42); actor Noomi Rapace in 1979 (age 41); actor Sienna Miller in 1981 (age 39); actor Mackenzie Rosman in 1989 (age 31); singer David Archuleta in 1990 (age 30); actor Miles Brown in 2004 (age 16).

On this date in history:

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In 1065, Westminster Abbey was consecrated.


In 1832, John Calhoun, at odds with U.S. President Andrew Jackson, became the first U.S. vice president to resign.

In 1846, Iowa was admitted into the United States as the 29th state.

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In 1865, French film pioneers Auguste Lumiere and Louis Lumiere showed the first commercial motion pictures at a Paris cafe.

In 1869, a group of tailors in Philadelphia staged the first Labor Day ceremonies in the United States.

In 1908, an earthquake in the Messina area of southern Italy killed at least 80,000 people. Some estimates put the death toll upwards of 200,000.

In 1950, advancing Chinese troops crossed the 38th Parallel, dividing line between North and South Korea, to help the communist North Koreans fight U.S.-led U.N. forces.

In 1981, the United States' first test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, was born in a Norfolk, Va., hospital.

In 1985, warring Lebanese Muslim and Christian leaders signed a peace agreement backed by Syria.

In 1991, Time magazine named CNN founder Ted Turner man of the year.

In 2007, Nepal abolished its monarchy and became a federal democratic republic.

In 2011, Kim Jong Un was declared supreme leader of North Korea at a memorial service in Pyongyang for his father and former leader Kim Jong Il.


In 2012, a 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi died at a hospital in Singapore. The attack by six men on the woman and her boyfriend caused outrage and protests throughout India.

In 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a law banning American parents from adopting Russian children.

In 2014, Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crashed into the Java Sea, killing 155 passengers and seven crew. Searchers found the aircraft and bodies floating in the sea two days after it disappeared.

In 2015, Japan and South Korea reached a deal to settle the issue of "comfort women," sex slave victims forced to serve in Japanese military brothels during World War II. Tokyo issued a formal apology and agreed to pay $8.3 million.

In 2019, a car bomb rocked Somalia's capital of Mogadishu, killing more than 80 people and injuring 125 others.

A thought for the day: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness." -- U.S. President Woodrow Wilson

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