On This Day 28 September

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-09-28
In 1066 William landed at Pevensey beginning the invasion of England; in 1973 the first performance took place at the new Sydney Opera House; in 2006 the first Freedom from Hunger Day; in 2007 the Falcon 1 was launched. In 1928 Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin

Sir Alexander Fleming was born in 1881 and was a Scottish physician and microbiologist.


He is quoted as saying: "One sometimes finds, what one is not looking for. When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn't plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world's first antibiotic, or bacteria killer. But I suppose that was exactly what I did."

He was running experiments on staphylococci and went away on holiday. Upon his return one of the cultures was contaminated with a fungus and the staphylococci surrounding the fungus had been destroyed. Penicillin was found.

Other events on this day

  • 1066: William landed at Pevensey beginning the invasion of England
  • 1928: Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin
  • 1973: first performance in the new Sydney Opera House
  • 2006: first Freedom from Hunger day
  • 2008: Falcon 1 was the first privately developed vehicle to launch into orbit
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