What Happened on Your Birthday?

Eighty-four years ago today, on Oct 30 1928, my mother, Constance Shirley MacNeill, was born, the third youngest in a family of thirteen children.

Mom grew up during the Great Depression and WWII, married and raised four children of her own, loved and was loved by friends and family alike, and died too young at the age of seventy-six.

When I was thinking about mom today I decided to find out if anything else significant happened the year she was born and perhaps even the day she was born, and I discovered that her birth was not the only major event to take place that year.

According to Historical Events, 1928 was also the year that:

  • The first fully automatic photographic film developing machine was patented
  • Scotch tape was first marketed by 3-M Company
  • Scottish inventor J Blaird demonstrated color-TV
  • Mae West‘s NYC debut was in a daring new play “Diamond Lil”
  • The first trans-Atlantic flight between Europe-US (Fitzmaurice-von Hunefeld-Köhl) took place
  •  Madame Tussaud’s waxwork exhibition opened in London
  • England lowered age of women voters from 30 to 21
  • Benito Mussolini ends woman’s rights in Italy
  •  Mickey Mouse made his 1st appearance in “Plane Crazy”
  • Velveeta Cheese was created by Kraft
  • Amelia Earhart became 1st female to fly across Atlantic Ocean
  • British parliament accepted female suffrage
  • First all-talking motion picture was shown in NY (Lights of NY)
  • Sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It was described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”.
  • Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin
  • Prussia forbade speech from Adolf Hitler
  • UK passed the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing cannabis.
  •  German dirigible “Graf Zeppelin” landed in Lakehurst, NJ
  • Author’s Day was first celebrated
  • First issue of Time magazine appeared, Japanese Emperor Hirohito on cover
  • Clip-on tie was designed

And major historic events actually did occur on her birthday, too, including:

  • 1534 – English Parliament passed Act of Supremacy, making King Henry VIII head of the English church – a role formerly held by the Pope
  • 1772 – Capt Cook arrived with ship Resolution in Capetown
  • 1866 – Jesse James gang robbed bank in Lexington Missouri ($2000)
  • 1873 – P T Barnum’s circus, “Greatest Show on Earth,” debuted (NYC)
  • 1888  John J Loud patented ballpoint pen
  • 1894 – Daniel Cooper patented time clock
  • 1914 – Allied offensive at Ypres (Belgium) began
  • 1938 – Orsen Welles paniced a nation with broadcast of “War of the Worlds”
  • 1944 – Anne Frank (of Diary fame) was deported from Auschwitz to Belsen
  • 1952 – Clarence Birdseye sold first frozen peas
  • 1957 – Soviet Union launched Sputnik II, carrying a dog named Laika
  • 1960 – Michael Woodruff performed the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
  • 1990 – England-France completed “Chunnel”
  • 1995 – Quebec Referendum voted to remain part of Canada

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Mom, even though you’re not here with us anymore to celebrate your special day, please know that I am thinking of you and I miss you, and if you want to know my humble opinion, your birth topped everything else that happened in 1928, because after all, if you hadn’t been born then I wouldn’t be here writing this today.

Happy Birthday, Mom.
Love you lots,


15 thoughts on “What Happened on Your Birthday?

  1. I remember meeting your mom. It’s interesting to see the events that happened the year she was born and on her birthday. Good post! Now I’m curious to see what happened on my mom’s birthday. I’ll have to do some sleuthing!

    1. Hi Barb–yes, let us know what interesting events/milestones happened on your mom’s birthday. I think we should all do this on our own birthdays, too, at least once. Would be fun! 🙂

  2. There is one more thing which happened on Mum’s birthday – her great-granddaughter (my first granddaughter) Abby was born – 11 yrs ago. The last pictures I have of Mum were with Abby (3 1/2 at the time) and her then baby brother Caleb, and the smile on Mum’s face says it all. 🙂 That was about a month and half before she went to hospital. I miss her too.

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