History for December 28 - On-This-Day.com:
1869 - William E. Semple, of Mt. Vernon, OH, patented an acceptable chewing gum.
1902 - The first professional indoor football game was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Syracuse defeated the Philadelphia Nationals 6-0.
1945 - The U.S. Congress officially recognized the "Pledge of Allegiance."
1973 - The Chamber of Commerce of Akron, OH, terminated its association with the All-American Soap Box Derby. It was stated that the race had become "a victim of cheating and fraud."
1989 - Alexander Dubcek, who had been expelled from the Communist Party in 1970, was elected speaker of the Czech parliament.