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12.28.12 OT - Norm-a-thon

1694 Queen Mary II of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III. 1832 John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down over differences with President Andrew Jackson. 1846 Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union. 1897 "Cyrano de Bergerac," a play by Edmond Rostand, premiered in Paris. 1905 The forerunner of the NCAA, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States, was founded in New York City. 1945 Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance. 1958 The Baltimore Colts won the NFL championship, defeating the New York Giants 23-17 in overtime at Yankee Stadium, in what has been dubbed the greatest football game ever played. 1973 Alexander Solzhenitsyn published "Gulag Archipelago," an expose of the Soviet prison system. 1982 A black man was mortally wounded by a police officer in a Miami video arcade, setting off three days of race-related disturbances that left another man dead. 2005 Former top Enron Corp. accountant Richard Causey pleaded guilty to securities fraud and agreed to help pursue convictions against Enron founder Kenneth Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling. 2008 The Detroit Lions completed an 0-16 season, the NFL's worst ever, with a 31-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
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