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On this day: December 28

POSTED: 10:36 PM PST Dec 26, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 27, 2012 

An audience goes to the cinema for the first time, streetcars come to San Francisco, The Beatles' "White Album" goes to No. 1, and the first American test-tube baby is born, all on this day.

OTD December 28 - Lumiere brothers
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1895: The Lumière brothers hold their first public screening of films for a paying audience at the Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris, marking the debut of the cinema. The presentation included 10 short films, including their first film, "Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon" (Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory). Each film was 17 meters long, which, when hand cranked through a projector, ran approximately 50 seconds.

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