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December 28th might seem like an ordinary day in the tail end of the year, but it's marked by a series of enjoyable and light-hearted observances that offer a chance to indulge, connect, and be entertained.

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Interesting Facts of December 28th

  1. 1. December 28th is known as the Day of the Innocents or Holy Innocents' Day in some countries, a Christian feast day that commemorates the massacre of the male children at Bethlehem as told in the Gospel of Matthew. This day is observed in various ways around the world, often with pranks and jokes similar to April Fool's Day in the United States and European countries.
  2. 2. On December 28, 1895, the Lumière brothers, Louis and Auguste, held the first commercial film screening at the Grand Cafe in Paris, France, which is considered the birth of projected cinematography.
  3. 3. The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was signed into law by President Richard Nixon on December 28th. This key legislation aims to protect critically imperiled species from extinction as a consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation.
  4. 4. On December 28, 1612, the first observation of the planet Neptune was recorded by Galileo Galilei, although he mistakenly cataloged it as a fixed star. It wasn't recognized as a planet until its official discovery in 1846.
  5. 5. December 28, 1908, marks the date of one of Europe's most devastating earthquakes, which struck the Messina region in Sicily, Italy. The earthquake and the resulting tsunami killed approximately 80,000 to 100,000 people.
  6. 6. Legendary comic book writer, editor, and publisher Stan Lee, co-creator of many iconic Marvel superheroes, was born on December 28, 1922.