On This Day December 28
1968 – Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” is in the midst of a seven-week ride atop the Billboard Hot 100. The track is the Motown legend’s first No. 1 hit and the label’s best-selling single of the 60s.
1895 – The world’s first commercial movie screening takes place at the Grand Cafe in Paris. The film was made by siblings Louis and Auguste Lumiere, who developed a camera-projector called the Cinematographe.
1938 – Silent-film star Florence Lawrence commits suicide in Beverly Hills at the age of 52. Though best known for roles in nearly 250 films, Lawrence also invented the first “auto signaling arm,” a mechanical turn signal, along with the first mechanical brake signal. However, because she never patented them, she received no credit for, or profit from, either one.
1945 – Congress officially recognizes the Pledge of Allegiance. The words “under God” were added in 1954 in response to the anti-Communist (and thus anti-atheist) opinion sweeping the U.S. during the Cold War.
1954 – Oscar, Golden Globe and Tony-winning actor-director-producer Denzel Washington (“St. Elsewhere,” “Glory,” “Malcolm X,” “Training Day,” “Antwone Fisher,” “American Gangster,” “Unstoppable,” “Flight,” “The Equalizer,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “Fences”)
Own a Piece of This Day
In Vitro Fertilization: The A.R.T. of Making Babies (Assisted Reproductive Technology)
Geoffrey Sher, Virginia Marriage Davis and Jean Stoess