September 28th History, Trivia and Fun Facts
September 28th History Highlights
September 28th is…
Ask a Stupid Question Day
Drink Beer Day
Good Neighbor Day
Strawberry Cream Pie Day
September 28th Birthday Quotes
“A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.”
“White lies always introduce others of a darker complexion.”
“Success is following the pattern of life one enjoys most.”
“I still think my whole career was accidental. I didn’t pursue it. I feel like I’m cheating sometimes.”
“Be bold before you get stuck not being bold.”
“A man is great not because he hasn’t failed; a man is great because failure hasn’t stopped him.”
September 28th Birthdays
551 BC – Confucius, Chinese teacher, and philosopher (died in 479 BC)
1856 – Kate Douglas Wiggin, American author, and educator (died in 1923)
1901 – William S. Paley, American broadcaster, founded CBS (died in 1990)
1901 – Ed Sullivan, American television host (died in 1974)
1909 – Al Capp, American author, and illustrator (died in 1979)
1918 – Arnold Stang, American comedic actor (died in 2009)
1934 – Brigitte Bardot, French actress
1938 – Ben E. King, American singer-songwriter (died in 2015)
1967 – Mira Sorvino, American actress
1968 – Sean Levert, American R&B singer-songwriter (died in 2008)
1968 – Naomi Watts, English-Australian actress
1972 – Dita Von Teese, American model, and burlesque dancer
1979 – Bam Margera, American skateboarder, and stuntman
1987 – Hilary Duff, American actress, Lizzie McGuire
September 28th History
1850 – Flogging (whipping) in the Navy and Merchant Marines was abolished by the US.
1889 – The first General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) defined the length of a ‘meter’ (‘metre’) as the distance between two lines on a standard bar of an alloy of platinum with ten percent iridium, measured at the melting point of ice. Since 1983, it has been defined as “the length of the path traveled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299,792,458 of a second,” about 39.370 inches.
1941 – Ted Williams finished the MLB baseball season with a .406 average.
1951 – The science-fiction classic film, The Day the Earth Stood Still, was released.
1955 – First MLB World Series color TV was broadcast on NBC. Yankees beat the Dodgers.
1963 – Tennessee Tuxedo cartoon debuted on CBS.
1967 – Walter Washington became the first mayor of the District of Columbia (DC).
1968 – #1 Hit September 28, 1968 – November 29, 1968: The Beatles – Hey Jude
1974 – #1 Hit September 28, 1974 – October 4, 1974: Andy Kim – Rock Me Gently
1980 – Carl Sagan’s 13 part Cosmos premiered on PBS.
September 28, 19** Birthday (fictional) Lex Luthor, DC Comics
1984 – Miami Vice premiered on NBC
1987 – Star Tek: The Next Generation premiered, in syndication
2006 – The City Council of Reykjavik and neighboring municipalities agreed to turn off all the city lights in the capital area for half an hour, while a renowned astronomer talked about the stars and the constellations on national radio.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
The Scary Statistic: Assault by Firearm odds: 1-in-325
What to do: Stay away from guns, and keep people with guns 400 or more yards away from you. Stay five miles or more away from tanks, or stay right inside of the tank.
During the filming of The Passion of the Christ, both Jim Caviezel (who played Christ) and assistant director Jan Michelini got hit by lightning. Michelini got hit twice.
The sound of Krakatoa erupting was so loud that it circled the Earth four times! times! times! times!
If you only swat the slowest mosquitoes, the fastest will survive and they will get faster with every generation.
“You’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, which doesn’t say much for you.” – Captain Spaulding (Groucho Marx) #moviequotes
Draco was an Ancient Greek legislator who wrote the first code of law in Athens. Over time his laws were seen as increasingly harsh and punitive, which is why we say a law is “draconian” when the punishment is too extreme for the crime.
The Capital of Lesotho is Maseru
In 20 years, iPhones, flat screens, and kitchen aid mixers will hang from the ceiling of Cracker Barrel.
If you ever feel like you don’t have any good ideas, know that someone is living in a mansion right now because of dino-shaped chicken nuggets.
The Bosnian national anthem plagiarized the theme to National Lampoon’s Animal House.
TV Quotes… “Gee, Mrs. Cleaver …” (Eddie Haskell) on “Leave it to Beaver”
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