What Happened in October 1928

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Leon Vanderstuyft of Belgium bicycled 76 miles 504 yards in 1 hour

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Oct 1 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 15m (46:49.6)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Oct 1 USSR launches its first 5-year plan
  • Oct 2 "Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God", known as Opus Dei, founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá
  • Oct 3 French submarine "Ondine" sinks returning to Toulon, drowning 42
  • Oct 4 25th World Series begins, NY Yankees vs St Louis Cardinals
  • Oct 4 KPD begins petition against Germany building a battle fleet

Sport awardGolf Major

Oct 6 11th PGA Championship: Leo Diegel at Five Farms CC Baltimore

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • Oct 6 Josip Broz (Tito) sentenced to 5 years in jail
  • Oct 7 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10 miles (50:15.0)
  • Oct 7 Race Tafari Makonnen crowned king of Abyssinia
  • Oct 8 Cole Porter & E Ray Goetz' musical "Paris" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 8 Eastern Soccer League forms in USA
  • Oct 8 Joseph Szigeti debuted Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto.
  • Oct 9 Marcel Pagnol's "Topaz" premieres in Paris

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 9 NY Yankees sweep Cards in 25th World Series, become 1st to sweep consecutive World Series; Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs in game

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

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Oct 10 Chiang Kai-shek becomes Director of the State Council of China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Oct 12 1st use of iron lung (Boston's Children Hospital)

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Oct 15 German dirigible "Graf Zeppelin" lands in Lakehurst, NJ

Inventor and Zeppelin Commander Hugo Eckener
Inventor and Zeppelin Commander
Hugo Eckener

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Oct 15 Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Oct 16 Mickey Cochrane wins AL MVP honors, edging Heinie Manush by 2 points
  • Oct 22 China expels all Russian instructors & civil servants
  • Oct 22 ESL Robinson's "Far-Off Hills" premieres in Dublin

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Oct 22 Herbert Hoover speaks of "American system of rugged individualism"

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • Oct 22 Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity is founded at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.

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Oct 28 Bradman scores 131 NSW v Queensland, 212 mins, 14 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Oct 28 Indonesian child laws enforced in Bahasa Indonesia

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 George Peppard, actor (Banacek, A-Team, Blue Max), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 1 Laurence Harvey, [Larushka Skine], actor (Alamo, Romeo & Juliet)
  • Oct 1 Willy Mairesse, Belgian racing driver (d. 1969)
  • Oct 1 Zhu Rongji, Chinese politician
  • Oct 2 Anthony Tippett, British chief of Fleet Support
  • Oct 2 Clay Felker, journalist (NY Herald Tribune, Esquire), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 2 George Emmett McFarland, Dallas, act (Spanky-Our Gang/Little Rascals)
  • Oct 2 James Porter, CEO (Commonwealth Institute)
  • Oct 2 Robin Duthie, CEO (Britoil)
  • Oct 2 Wolfhart Pannenberg, German theologian
  • Oct 3 Christian d'Oriola, France, foils (Olympic-gold-1952, 56)
  • Oct 3 Erik Bruhn, Copenhagen Denmark, dancer (National Ballet of Canada)
  • Oct 3 Shridath Surendranath "Sonny" Ramphal, Guyanese sec-gen (1975- )
  • Oct 4 Alvin Toffler, author (Future Shock, Power Shift, The Third Wave), born in New York City (d. 2016)
  • Oct 4 Torben Ulrich, Danish musician, writer, filmmaker and tennis player
  • Oct 5 Willem de Kwaadsteniet, lawyer/Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Oct 5 Louise Fitzhugh, American author (d. 1974)
  • Oct 7 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (d. 1980)
  • Oct 8 Neil Harvey, cricketer (prolific Australian lefty bat of 50's)
  • Oct 8 M. Russell Ballard, LDS apostle
  • Oct 8 Bill Maynard, British actor
  • Oct 9 Einojuhani Rautavaara, Finnish composer (Kaivos), born in Helsinki (d. 2016)
  • Oct 12 Thomas Burnett Swann, US, sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur)
  • Oct 12 Al Held, US, painter/sculptor (hard edge-style)
  • Oct 14 Gary Graffman, pianist (Leventritt Award), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 14 Frank E. Resnik, American business executive (d. 1995)
  • Oct 16 Mary Daly, American feminist
  • Oct 16 Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • Oct 17 Ivan Marinov, composer
  • Oct 17 James "Junior" Gilliam, Dodgers (NL rookie of year 1953)
  • Oct 17 Zacharias J de Beer, South African physician/MP (DP)
  • Oct 18 Keith Jackson, Carrolton Ga, sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football)
  • Oct 18 R H "Deepak" Shodhan, cricketer (century on Test debut for India)
  • Oct 19 Buff Cobb, Florence Italy, actress (Masquerade Party)

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Oct 21 Whitey Ford [Edward Charles Ford], American hall of fame baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in NYC

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Oct 21 Vern Mikkelsen, Parlier, CA, basketball player (Lakers, HOF), (d. 2013)
  • Oct 22 Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Brazilian movie director
  • Oct 23 Alexander Tanev, composer
  • Oct 23 Bella Darvi, [Bayla Wegier], Sosnowiec Poland, actress (Racers)
  • Oct 23 Patrick Peter Sacco, composer
  • Oct 24 Gabriel Laub, Polish writer
  • Oct 24 Ken Hough, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in two Tests v England 1959)
  • Oct 25 Anthony Franciosa, [Papaleo], actor (Jeff-Name of the Game), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 25 Jeanne Cooper, actress (Kay-Young & Restless), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • Oct 25 Marion Ross, Albert Lea Mn, actress (Marion-Happy Days, Bkln Bridge)
  • Oct 26 Francisco Solano López, Argentine comics artists
  • Oct 27 Datta Gaekwad, cricketer (father of Anshuman, batted in 11 Tests 50's)
  • Oct 27 Kyle Rote, NFL halfback (NY Giants 1951-61)
  • Oct 27 Stefan Wewerka, German architect/sculptor
  • Oct 28 Wim van Heumen, coach of Dutch field hockey team
  • Oct 28 Ion Mihai Pacepa, Romanian general
  • Oct 28 Lawrie Reilly, Edinburgh, Scotland, footballer (Hibernian, 28 caps), (d. 2013)
  • Oct 30 Ernest Flatt, American choreographer (Carol Burnett Show), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1995)
  • Oct 30 Michael Andrews, painter
  • Oct 30 William Campbell, actor (Jerry-Cannonball, Luke-Dynasty), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Oct 30 Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1999)
  • Oct 31 Andrew Sarris, movie critic (Village Voice)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 8 Larry Semon, comedian (b. 1889)
  • Oct 16 Septimus Kinneir, cricketer (Test for Eng), dies
  • Oct 22 Andrew Fisher, fifth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1862)
  • Oct 23 F A Alphonse Aulard, French historian, dies
  • Oct 30 Oscar George Theodore Sonneck, composer, dies at 55