1836: The independence of Mexico is formally recognized by Spain when they sign the Santa Marie-Calatrava Treaty.
1846: Iowa is admitted into the Union as the 29thS State.
1879: As a train passes over the Tay Rail Bridge in Dundee, Scotland, it collapses. This leads to the death of seventy-five people.
1895: The discovery of x-rays is detailed in a paper published by Wilhelm Rontgen.
1908: Approximately two hundred thousand people are killed when a 7.1 Mw earthquake hits Southern Italy.
1941: Operation Anthropoid begins during World War II. This purpose of this plot was to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich.
1943: The Battle of Ortona finishes during World War II. This battle was marked by more than week of fierce home-to-home fighting between the First Canadian Infantry and the German First Parachute Division.
1973: The United States passes the Endangered Species Act.
1989: Thirteen people are killed when an earthquake hits Newcastle, New South Wales in Australia.
Famous Birthdays on December 28
English-Canadian brewer and founder of the Molson Brewery, John Molson is born in 1763.
Swiss banker and photographer, Jean-Gabriel Eynard is born in 1775.
American Nobel Prize laureate and 28th President of the U.S., Woodrow Wilson is born in 1856.
American historian and political scientist, Quincy Wright is born in 1890.
English actress Maggie Smith is born in 1934.
American biochemist and Nobel Prize laureate, Kary Mullis is born in 1944.
American TV journalist Gayle King is born in 1954.
American actor, director and producer, Denzel Washington is born in 1954.
English comedian, actor and screenwriter, Stephen Frost is born in 1955.
Dutch singer-songwriter Anita Doth is born in 1971
American basketball player William Gates is born in 1971.
American football player Adam Vinatieri is born in 1972.
American sprinter Derrick Brew is born in 1977.
American baseball player Bill Hall is born in 1979.