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This Day in History: Dec. 28

In 1612, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei observed the planet Neptune, but mistook it for a star. (Neptune wasn't officially discovered until 1846 by Johann Gottfried Galle.)

1832: John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down because of differences with President Andrew Jackson.

1846: Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.

1856: The 28th president of the United States, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, was born in Staunton, Virginia.

1917: The New York Evening Mail published “A Neglected Anniversary,” a facetious essay by H.L. Mencken supposedly recounting the history of bathtubs in America.

1937: Composer Maurice Ravel died in Paris at age 62.

1945: Fritz Lang's film noir, “Scarlet Street,” starring Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett, was released by Universal Pictures.

1945: Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.

1961: The Tennessee Williams play “Night of the Iguana” opened on Broadway.

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