28 December

December 28 is the 362nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; three days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about December 28th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 28th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Card Playing Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – December 28

2007: Nepal abolishes monarchy

The amendment to the Nepalese constitution that declared the country a federal republic was passed by the parliament. The transition was completed on May 28, 2008. Established in 1768 by Prithvi Narayan Shah, the Kingdom of Nepal lasted for over 200 years. Nepal is the world’s only country with Hinduism as the state religion.

1972: Kim il Sung becomes first president of North Korea

Kim Il-sung became the first and only president of North Korea under an amended constitution. He was elected to the post by the members of the North Korean parliament, which is also known as the Supreme People’s Assembly. The post was abolished in 1998, and Kim II-sung was given the title of Eternal President of Korea.

1968: Israel raid on Beirut Airport

The Israeli Defence Forces mounted a special operation, also known as Operation Gift, on Beirut Airport. The raid was in retaliation to the attack on El Al Flight 253, which was en route from Tel Aviv to New York. During its layover in Athens, Greece, two Palestinians fired at passengers and crew and killed 1 person. In retaliation, Israel destroyed several passenger and cargo planes parked at Beirut Airport. There were no fatalities during the raid.

1885: Indian National Congress founded

The party is one of the two main political parties in India. Created by the members of the Theosophical Society, the party was a major player in India’s independence movement against the British. After Independence, the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru belonged to the INC.

1836: South Australia becomes a British colony

The central southern state of Australia was first established as a province in 1834 by the British Parliament under the South Australia Act. The day was observed as Proclamation Day in the state, which was later turned into an extra holiday after Christmas Day.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, December 28

1962: Michel Petrucciani, French/American pianist

1934: Maggie Smith, English actress

1903: John von Neumann, Hungarian/American mathematician

1903: Earl Hines, American pianist

1856: Woodrow Wilson, American politician, 28th President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, December 28

2015: Lemmy, English singer-songwriter, bass player, actor

2004: Susan Sontag, American author

1984: Sam Peckinpah, American director, screenwriter

1959: Ante Pavelić, Croatian politician

1937: Maurice Ravel, French composer

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