On This Day In History, 28 December

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World Events Today

  • The Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, first observed the planet of Neptune today in 1612, mistaking it as a “fixed star”
  • Due to Bird Flu, the government of Hong Kong initiated a 2-day process, to kill 1.3 million chickens today in 1997
  • LinkedIn, the business and employment-oriented on-line service, was launched today in 2002

Entertainment Events Today

  • At the Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris, the Lumière brothers, made the first paid public screening of a motion picture today in 1895
  • The movie Bright Eyes was released today in 1934, it starred Shirley Temple aged 6 singing the hit song “On the Good Ship Lollipop”
  • Fiddler on the Roof, in its first Broadway revival, opened today in 1976 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City, it would run for 167 performances

Family Events Today

  • Stanley Martin Lieber, better known as Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, The X-Men, Thor and The Hulk, amongst others, was born today in 1922 in New York City
  • The Irish actor Francis Kelly, best known for his role as Father Jack Hackett in the sitcom Father Ted, was born today in 1938 in Dublin
  • The American actress and singer Debbie Reynolds died today in 2016 aged 84, just one day after the death of her daughter, American actress Carrie Fisher, aged 60

Main Event Today

  • Westminster Abbey, formally called the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster, was consecrated today in 1065

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Card Playing Day

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