September 28 in Pop Culture History

September 28th Fun Facts, Trivia and History

September 28th History Highlights

  • 1066 – William the Conqueror landed in England, beginning the Norman conquest.
  • 1941 – Ted Williams achieved a .406 batting average for the season, and was the last MLB player to bat .400 or better.
  • 1951 – CBS unsuccessfully launched their own color televisions; a different system became popular later.
  • September 28, 19** Birthday (fictional) Lex Luthor, DC Comics
  • If you were born on September 28th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… January 5th (same year)

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.”
– Confucius

“White lies always introduce others of a darker complexion.”
– William S. Paley

“Success is following the pattern of life one enjoys most.”
– Al Capp

“I still think my whole career was accidental. I didn’t pursue it. I feel like I’m cheating sometimes.”
– Ben E. King

“Be bold before you get stuck not being bold.”
– Hilary Duff

“A man is great not because he hasn’t failed; a man is great because failure hasn’t stopped him.”
– Confucius

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.

1920 – Eight Chicago White Sox players were indicted for fixing the 1919 World Series in the “Black Sox scandal.”

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.

1957 – #1 Hit September 28, 1957 – October 4, 1957: The Crickets – That’ll Be The Day

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.

2013 – #1 Hit September 28, 2013 – October 11, 2013: Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball

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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