December 28 in history

December 28 events chronologically

457 Majorian is acclaimed emperor of the Western Roman Empire and recognized by emperor Leo I the Thracian
484 Alaric II succeeds his father Euric and becomes king of the Visigoths. He establishes his capital at Aire-sur-l'Adour (Southern Gaul)
893 An earthquake destroys the city of Dvin, Armenia
1065 Westminster Abbey is consecrated
1308 The reign of Emperor Hanazono, Emperor of Japan, begins
1612 Galileo Galilei becomes the first astronomer to observe the planet Neptune, although he mistakenly catalogued it as a fixed star
1768 King Taksin's coronation achieved through conquest as a king of Thailand and established Thonburi as a capital

Top 7 most famous people born on December 28

1856 Woodrow Wilson the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921 and leader of the Progressive Movement. He served as President of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910 and was Governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913. He led his Democratic Party to win control of both the White House and Congress in 1912
1903 John von Neumann a Hungarian and American pure and applied mathematician, physicist, inventor and polymath. He made major contributions to a number of fields, including mathematics , physics , economics , computing , and statistics. He was a pioneer of the application of operator theory to quantum mechanics, in the development of functional analysis, a principal member of the Manhattan Project and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton , and a key figure in the development of game theory and the concepts of cellular automata, the universal constructor, and the digital computer
1922 Stan Lee an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, voice actor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.
1934 Maggie Smith an English actress. She made her stage debut in 1952 and has had an extensive, varied career in stage, film and television spanning over sixty years. Smith has appeared in over 50 films and is one of Britain's most recognisable actresses. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1990 New Year Honours for services to the performing arts, and Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to drama
1954 Denzel Washington an American actor, film director and film producer. He has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s, including for his portrayals of real-life figures such as Steve Biko, Malcolm X, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Melvin Tolson, Frank Lucas and Herman Boone. He has been a featured actor in the films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and was a frequent collaborator of the late director Tony Scott
1955 Liu Xiaobo a Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist who called for political reforms and the end of communist single-party rule. He is currently incarcerated as a political prisoner in Jinzhou, Liaoning
1969 Linus Torvalds a Finnish American software engineer, who was the principal force behind the development of the Linux kernel that became the most popular kernel for operating systems. He later became the chief architect of the Linux kernel and now acts as the project's coordinator. He also created the revision control system Git as well as the diving log software Subsurface. He was honored, along with Shinya Yamanaka, with the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland "in recognition of his creation of a new open source operating system for computers leading to the widely used Linux kernel". He is also the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award

Top 7 most famous people died on December 28

1694 Mary II of England joint Sovereign of England, Scotland, and Ireland with her husband , William III and II, from 1689 until her death. William and Mary, both Protestants, became king and queen regnant, respectively, following the Glorious Revolution, which resulted in the deposition of her Roman Catholic father, James II and VII. William became sole ruler upon her death in 1694. Popular histories usually refer to their joint reign as that of "William and Mary"
1925 Sergei Yesenin a Russian lyrical poet. He was one of the most popular and well-known Russian poets of the 20th century
1937 Maurice Ravel a French composer known especially for his melodies, masterful orchestration, richly evocative harmonies and inventive instrumental textures and effects. Along with Claude Debussy, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music. Much of his piano music, chamber music, vocal music and orchestral music is part of the standard concert repertoire
1947 Victor Emmanuel III of Italy King of Italy. In addition, he claimed the thrones of Ethiopia and Albania as Emperor of Ethiopia and King of the Albanians , which were not recognised by all great powers. During his long reign , which began after the assassination of his father Umberto I, the Kingdom of Italy became involved in two World Wars. His reign also encompassed the birth, rise, and fall of Italian Fascism
1959 Ante Pavelić a Croatian fascist leader and politician who led the Ustaše movement and who during World War II ruled the Independent State of Croatia , a puppet state of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany in part of occupied Yugoslavia, pursuing genocidal policies against ethnic and racial minorities.
1984 Sam Peckinpah an American film director and screenwriter who achieved prominence following the release of the Western epic The Wild Bunch. He was known for the innovative and explicit depiction of action and violence, as well as his revisionist approach to the Western genre
2004 Susan Sontag an American writer and filmmaker, teacher and political activist, publishing her first major work, the essay "Notes on 'Camp'", in 1964. Her best known works include On Photography, Against Interpretation, Styles of Radical Will, The Way We Live Now, Illness as Metaphor, Regarding the Pain of Others, The Volcano Lover and In America