December 28 (December 28) is the 362nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (363rd in leap years). There are 3 more days until the end of the year.
457 - Majorian is crowned emperor of the Western Roman Empire and recognized by Pope Leo I.
484 - Alaric II succeeds his father Eurich as king of the Visigoths.
1065 - The Palace of Westminster is consecrated, built between 1045 and 1050 by order of King Edward the Confessor.
1768 - Thaksin the Great is crowned king of the newly established kingdom of Thonburi.
1836 - Spain recognizes Mexico's independence, conquered by Spanish conquistadors in 1526, destroying the Aztec state.
1846 - Iowa becomes the 29th state of the United States.
1869 - William Semple of Ohio patents chewing gum.
1879 - A train crashes on the Edinburgh-Dundee line in Scotland, crashing into a river when the bridge over it collapses, killing 90 people.
1895 - Brothers Louis and Auguste Limier organize the first film screening at the Gran Café restaurant in Paris. Short films were shown about the workers leaving the factory, the railway station with passengers and the train that is running. Cinema's birthday.
1908 - An earthquake devastates Messina, the second largest city on the Italian island of Sicily, killing more than 75,000 people.
1920 - The Husin Rebellion, a strike by Krek miners, is suppressed in blood.
1942 - Japanese planes bomb the Indian city of Calcutta during World War II.
1943 - After fierce eight-day urban fighting, the Canadian 1st Infantry Division captures the Italian city of Orton.
1948 - Prime Minister Nokrashi Pasha is assassinated during months of social unrest and violence in Egypt.
1950 - In the Korean War, Chinese troops cross the 38th parallel.
1959 - The first nuclear reactor in Yugoslavia is put into operation in Vinča near Belgrade.
1962 - A Mozambican Liberation Front is founded in Mozambique, a Portuguese colony in Africa, under which the country gains independence in 1975 after a long struggle.
1966 - China conducts its fifth nuclear test.
1968 - Israeli commandos destroy 13 Arab planes in an attack on Beirut airport.
1973 - US President Richard Nixon signs the Endangered Species Act.
1974 - In an earthquake that differs