26 fun facts for December, 28

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
December 28th is a day filled with historical significance, including the birth of acclaimed individuals like Stan Lee and Denzel Washington, as well as groundbreaking events such as the first US Labor Day, the adoption of the Euro by Latvia, and the release of Netflix's interactive film "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch."
26 Fun facts
  1. In 1612, Galileo Galilei observed Neptune, but mistakenly cataloged it as a fixed star, as he didn't recognize it as a planet. Neptune was officially discovered in 1846.
  2. On December 28, 1795, the construction of the Yonge Street, which is the main street of Toronto, Canada, began. Today, it holds the Guinness World Record for being the longest street in the world.
  3. In 1836, South Australia officially became a British colony. The proclamation, known as Proclamation Day, took place at Glenelg, South Australia.
  4. On December 28, 1846, Iowa became the 29th state of the United States, nicknamed the "Hawkeye State."
  5. Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp on December 28, 1880, which would later become an essential component of modern daily life.
  6. In 1895, the Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis, held their first commercial film screening in Paris, making them the founding fathers of cinema.
  7. On December 28, 1912, the first municipally-owned streetcars began operating in San Francisco.
  8. Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer, and creator of Marvel Comics was born on December 28, 1922.
  9. In 1934, Dame Maggie Smith, the award-winning British actress known for roles in Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, was born.
  10. The first US Labor Day was celebrated in 1935, bringing recognition and respect to workers' contributions across the nation.
  11. On December 28, 1958, the Baltimore Colts won the NFL Championship in what is often referred to as the "Greatest Game Ever Played." It went into overtime, with the Colts beating the New York Giants 23-17.
  12. Denzel Washington, the award-winning actor, was born on December 28, 1954.
  13. In 1958, Charles de Gaulle became the President of France, bringing stability and direction to the country after World War II.
  14. On December 28, 1973, Greek Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis resigned, leading to a period of political turmoil and uncertainty.
  15. Spain adopted its current democratic constitution on December 28, 1978, following the death of dictator Francisco Franco.
  16. On December 28, 1981, the first American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, was born in Norfolk, Virginia.
  17. American tennis star, Serena Williams, was born on December 28, 1981.
  18. In 1989, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the noted Russian author, returned to his homeland after being exiled for 20 years.
  19. On December 28, 2000, retail giant Montgomery Ward announced it would close its remaining stores and assets, ending its 128-year business history.
  20. In 2003, the Beagle 2 Mars Lander, a British spacecraft searching for signs of life on Mars, was declared lost after communication failed.
  21. On December 28, 2010, a partial lunar eclipse occurred, coinciding with the winter solstice, a rare event that hadn't happened in over 300 years.
  22. Latvia adopted the Euro as its official currency on December 28, 2013, becoming the 18th member of the Eurozone.
  23. In 2014, AirAsia Flight QZ8501 went missing during a flight between Indonesia and Singapore, with all 162 on board declared deceased.
  24. On December 28, 2014, South Korean pop star PSY's "Gangnam Style" music video exceeded YouTube's view counter limit, forcing the platform to upgrade its counter.
  25. In 2018, Jair Bolsonaro was elected 38th President of Brazil, initiating a rightward shift in Brazilian politics.
  26. Online streaming service Netflix released their interactive film, "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch," on December 28, 2018, revolutionizing the concept of viewer-controlled storytelling.