MILESTONES: December 28 birthdays for Denzel Washington, Nichelle Nichols, Sienna Miller
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Star Trek” star Nichelle Nichols, who was born in 1932; Oscar-winner Maggie Smith, who was born in 1934; musician Edgar Winter, who was born in 1946; “It’s Raining Men” singer Martha Wash, who was born in 1953; TV personality Gayle King, who was born in 1954; Oscar-winner Denzel Washington, who was born in 1954; Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, who was born in 1960; former N.Y. Mets outfielder Benny Agbayani, who was born in 1971; NFL placekicker Adam Vinatieri, who was born in 1972; talk show host Seth Meyers, who was born in 1973; “Ordinary People” singer John Legend, who was born in 1978; former tennis player James Blake, who was born in 1979; and “American Sniper” star Sienna Miller, who was born in 1981.
NOW PLAYING: On this day in 1895, the Lumiere brothers — Louis and Auguste — projected short films for paying customers at the Grand Café in Paris. This was the first time this had ever been done and is considered a key moment in film history.
HAND ON HEART: On this day in 1945, Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance and urged its frequent recitation in America’s schools. The pledge was composed in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister. At the time, Bellamy was chairman of a committee of state school superintendents of education, and several schools adopted his pledge as part of the Columbus Day quadricentennial celebration that year. In 1954 the Knights of Columbus persuaded Congress to add the words “under God” to the pledge.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game. It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and where we’re going. Space travel benefits us here on Earth. And we ain’t stopped yet.”
— “Star Trek” star Nichelle Nichols, who was born on this day in 1932
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