December 28

1065

Westminster Abbey consecrated.

1832

John C. Calhoun became the first vice president in U.S. history to resign from office.

1846

Iowa became the 29th state in the United States.

1869

William F. Semple patented chewing gum.

1895

The Lumiere Brothers gave the first commercial movie show at the Grand Cafe in Paris.

1937

Composer Maurice Ravel died in Paris at age 62.

1945

Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.

1981

Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American test-tube baby, was born in Norfolk, Va.

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