Today is December 28, 2009 and the 362nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 3 days left in the year 2009. According the Mayan calendar, there are 1088 days till the end of the current cycle. On this day in 1945, the United States officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance. Here are five people that share a birthday on this day:
Denzel Washington (Born 1954)
Born Denzel Jermaine Washington, Jr. in Mount Vernon, New York. Washington is an actor and director who got his start in the 1981 comedy Carbon Copy. He also starred in several off-Broadway productions and got a television part on the show, St. Elsewhere. He has been nominated for five Oscars and won the Best Supporting Actor’s Oscar for his part in Glory (1989). He received his second Oscar in 2001 for the film, Training Day, the same year he directed his first film, Antwone Fisher.
Maggie Smith (Born 1934)
Dame Margaret Natalie Smith Cross is an English film, stage, and television actress born in Essex, England. She has been performing for well over fifty years. Most recently, she has gained fame as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter series. She is considered one of the world’s greatest living actresses and has won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, an Emmy, and a Tony award.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)
Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the twenty-eighth President of the United States and one of three to win the Nobel Peace prize while in office. He was a leading individual during the Progressive Era and served as President of Princeton University between 1902-1910. He won the U.S. Presidency as a Democrat, beating out William Howard Taft and Teddy Roosevelt who had split the Republican vote. Wilson was the first U.S. President to hold a doctorate degree. Wilson served two terms in office, the second of which led us into World War One. He was primarily an internal president, letting the army take control of the war. Wilson was responsible for enacting the draft, raising money through war bonds and then creating the League of Nations for which he won the Nobel Prize in 1919. The Congress was unwilling to join the League of Nations. Wilson was unrelenting and it finally ended with him having a stroke.
Billy Mitchell (1879-1936)
The American aviator and general was born William Lendrum Mitchell in Nice, France. He is regarded as the “Father of the U.S. Air Force” due to his persistent and critical attitude towards the Army and the Navy – once exclaiming that the military leaders were “almost treasonable administration of the National defense.” He was court-martialed for his statements and returned to the rank of colonel. During World War One, Mitchell became the leader of all American fliers and air combat units in France. It wasn’t until after his death that Mitchell became revered as a national hero and given the posthumous rank of Major General. The World War Two B-25 Mitchell medium bomber was named after him.
Stan Lee (Born 1922)
Born Stanley Martin Lieber in New York City, Stan Lee is an American comic book writer, editor, and the former chairman of Marvel Comics. He co-created comic book heroes like Spider Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, and Thor. His heroes differed than other comics of the day because they shared human characteristics and problems with the readers. In other comic books, the heroes were beyond mortal man and transcended the public in morality. He is largely responsible for making Marvel Comics the giant corporation that it is today. Stan Lee has also appeared in numerous movies – and makes a guest appearance in most of the Marvel Comics movies. He is known for his catch phrase, “True Believers”.