September 28 in Pop Culture History

September 28 in Pop Culture History

1850 – Flogging (whipping) in the Navy and Merchant Marines was abolished by the US.

1889 – The first General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) defined the length of a ‘meter’ (‘metre’) as the distance between two lines on a standard bar of an alloy of platinum with ten percent iridium, measured at the melting point of ice. Since 1983, it has been defined as “the length of the path traveled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299,792,458 of a second,” about 39.370 inches.

1920 – Eight Chicago White Sox players were indicted for fixing the 1919 World Series in the “Black Sox scandal.”

1941 – Ted Williams finished the MLB baseball season with a .406 average.

1951 – The science-fiction classic film, The Day the Earth Stood Still, was released.

1955 – First MLB World Series color TV was broadcast on NBC. Yankees beat the Dodgers.

1957 – #1 Hit September 28, 1957 – October 4, 1957: The CricketsThat’ll Be The Day

1963 – Tennessee Tuxedo cartoon debuted on CBS.

1967 – Walter Washington became the first mayor of the District of Columbia (DC).

1968 – #1 Hit September 28, 1968 – November 29, 1968: The Beatles – Hey Jude

1974 – #1 Hit September 28, 1974 – October 4, 1974: Andy KimRock Me Gently

1980 – Carl Sagan’s 13 part Cosmos premiered on PBS.

1984 – Miami Vice premiered on NBC

1987 – Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered, in syndication

2006 – The City Council of Reykjavik and neighboring municipalities agreed to turn off all the city lights in the capital area for half an hour, while a renowned astronomer talked about the stars and the constellations on national radio.

2006 – (fictional) September 28 – Lex Luthor used a Kryptonian crystal embedded in kryptonite to create a new landmass in the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in blackouts and earthquakes along the East Coast in Superman Returns, film.

2013 – #1 Hit September 28, 2013 – October 11, 2013: Miley CyrusWrecking Ball