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12/28/2011 - DB Metzger

Westminister Abbey opens, streetcars come to SF.and the WPA opens the Federal Art Gallery. Congress recognizes the Pledge of Allegiance and Muriel Siebert receives a seat on the Stock Exchange. Susan Sontag dies and Benazir Bhutto is assassinated. In birthdays, Nechille Nichols (Star Trek) and Rod Serling (the Twilight Zone).

1065 Westminister Abbey opens in London

1816 American Colonization Society organizes (freeing people of color who ended up in Liberia.

1832  John Calhoun becomes 1st VP to resign (differences with Pres Jackson)

1849 Dry cleaning is discovered when a tailor named. M.Jolly-Bellin accidentally spills turpentine and oil on clothing and sees the effect.

1895 World's 1st movie theater opens in Paris

1912  The first municipally owned streetcars  take to the streets in San Francisco, California.. Now they’re the last.

1903 An Electric lamp sets fire to Iroquois theater in Chicago; 602 die

1928  Last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," made

1928  Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of "West End blues"

1935 The WPA opens the Federal Art Project Gallery in NYC.

1945 Congress officially recognizes the Pledge of Allegianceoriginally written by a socialist in 1892.

In 1950 Chinese forces cross the 38th parallel into N. Korea.

In 1957 "At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors hits number 1. Here’s the other hits from the 1950’s

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

1967  Muriel Siebert is 1st women to own a seat on NY Stock Exchange

In 1968 "The White Album" by The Beatles goes to #1. Here’s the cover story

1981  The first American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, is born in Norfolk, Virginia

1984 The Edge of Night Soap opera ends after 28 years.

Those who died on this day include

1945 Theodore Dreiser novelist

1984 Director Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch)

1988 Film Director Hal Ashby .

2004  Susan Sontag, American writer. essayist (b. 1933)

2007  Benazir Bhutto, Pakistani Prime Minister assasinated. (b. 1953)

Notable birthdays

1763 John Molson founder of Canadian Molson brewery.

1856 The 27th president Woodrow Wilson

1902 Mortimer Adler Phislopher, educator, died in 2001.

1924 TV Genius Rod Serling the twilight zone.

1932 - Nichelle Nichols, American actress and singer sang with Duke Ellington and Count Basie but is best known for her role in Star Trek.

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