Calendar for December 28th, 2013

1065: Westminster Abbey consecrated

1732: Benjamin Franklin's paper, "The Pennsylvania Gazette," ran an ad for the first issue of Franklin's own Poor Richard's Almanack

1832: Vice President John Calhoun, having serious disagreements with President Andrew Jackson, resigned from office. He was the first U.S. vice president to do so.

1846: Iowa admitted to the Union as the 29th state

Born 1856: Woodrow Wilson (28th U.S. president)

1869: Chewing gum was invented by Dr. William Semple, a dentist in Mt. Vernon, OH

1917: H. L. Mencken published A Neglected History bathtub hoax

Born 1922: Stan Lee (comic book writer)

Born 1934: Maggie Smith (actress)

Died 1945: Theodore Dreiser (writer)

Born 1954: Denzel Washington (actor)

1973: The Endangered Species Act was signed into law by President Nixon

1973: Endangered Species Act approved

1976: U.S. patent #4,000,000 was issued

Born 1981: Sienna Miller (actress)

Died 1984: Sam Peckinpah (filmmaker)

Died 1986: John D. MacDonald (writer)

Born 1989: Mackenzie Rosman (actress)

Died 1993: William L. Shirer (journalist)

Died 2001: William X. Kienzle (author)

Died 2004: Jerry Orbach (actor)