December 28

Thomas Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, is born

December 28, 1856

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  • Lesson 3: Wilson and American Entry into World War I
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 3: Wilson and American Entry into World War I

    In August 1914, President Woodrow Wilson asked Americans to remain impartial in thought and deed toward the war that had just broken out in Europe. For almost three years, the President presided over a difficult, deteriorating neutrality, until finally the provocations could no longer be ignored or negotiated. In this lesson, students analyze one of the most significant moments in twentieth century U.S. foreign relations: Wilson's decision to enter World War I in order to make the world "safe for democracy."

Franklin begins publishing “Poor Richard’s Almanack”

December 28, 1732

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  • Benjamin Franklin's Many "Hats"
    Lesson Plan / Art & Culture
    Benjamin Franklin's Many "Hats"

    Ben Franklin, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and of the Constitution was also a philanthropist, a community leader, patriot, and Founding Father. This lesson plan exemplifies all our new country fought for in the Revolutionary War: individualism, democracy, community, patriotism, scientific inquiry and invention, and the rights of “We the People.”

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn publishes expose of Soviet prison system “Gulag Archipelago”

December 28, 1973

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