Historical Events in 1928

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  • Jan 1st 1st US air-conditioned office building opens, San Antonio
  • Jan 1st Algemeene Vereeniging Radio Omroep (AVRO) begins broadcasting (Neth)
  • Jan 2nd 14th Rose Bowl: Stanford beats Pittsburgh, 7-6
  • Jan 6th Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Mortalium animos (against oecumene)
  • Jan 9th Eugene O'Neill's "Marco Millions" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 10th G/I Gershwin/Romberg/Wodehouse's musical "Rosalie," premieres in NYC

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Jan 10th Soviet Union orders exile of Leon Trotsky

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Jan 12th Philip Barry & Elmer Rice's "Cock Robin" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 13th RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes in Schenectady, New York allowing American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson to demonstrate the first home television receiver which delivered a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture
  • Jan 17th 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented
  • Jan 23rd "The Adventure of the Good Soldier Schweik" premieres in Berlin
  • Jan 28th Christopher Hornsrud chosen PM of Norway
  • Jan 30th 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands & US

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Jan 30th Bradman scores 134 not out (225 mins, 13 fours) NSW v Vic

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 30th Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 30th 21st Women's Australian Championships: Daphne Akhurst beats Esna Boyd (7-5, 6-2)
  • Jan 30th 21st Men's Australian Championships: Jean Borotra beats Ronald Cummings (6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3)
  • Jan 31st Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company

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Feb 3rd Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black reports his findings on the ancient human fossils found at Zhoukoudian, China in the journal Nature and declares them to be a new species he names 'Sinanthropus pekinensis' (now known as 'Homo erectus')

Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black
Davidson Black
  • Feb 7th 1st solo England to Australia flight takes off (Bert Hinkler)
  • Feb 8th 1st transatlantic TV image received, Hartsdale, NY
  • Feb 8th Scottish inventor Joh Logie Baird demonstrates colourTV
  • Feb 11th 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 19th 2nd Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 19th Canadian hockey team wins 3rd consecutive gold medal
  • Feb 22nd 1st solo England to Australia flight lands (Bert Hinkler)
  • Mar 1st Paul Whiteman & orchestra record "Ol' Man River" for Victor Records
  • Mar 4th "Bunion Run" race from LA to NYC begins; It is won by Andy Payne
  • Mar 5th Karl Zuckmayer's "Der Hauptmann von Köpenick" premieres in Berlin
  • Mar 10th Christine Collins' son, Walter Collins, disappears in Los Angeles
  • Mar 11th Netherlands & Belgium tie 1-1 (soccer match in Amsterdam)
  • Mar 12th In California, the St. Francis Dam fails, killing over 600 people.
  • Mar 13th Rudolph Friml's musical "Three Musketeers" premieres in NYC

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Mar 15th Benito Mussolini modifies Italy electoral system (abolishes right to choose)

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Mar 19th "Amos & Andy" debuts on radio (NBC Blue Network-WMAQ Chicago)
  • Mar 22nd Noel Coward's musical "This Year of Grace" premieres in London
  • Mar 27th KGB-AM in San Diego CA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 27th US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Mar 27th US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
  • Mar 29th Yeshiva College (now University) chartered (NYC)
  • Mar 30th 87th Grand National: Mr. William Dutton aboard Tipperary Tim wins

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Apr 1st Chiang Kai-shek's army crosses Yang-tse

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Apr 7th 44-yr old NY Ranger GM Lester Patrick replaces his injured goaltender in a Stanley Cup game, & beats Montreal Maroons 2-1
  • Apr 9th Eugene O'Neill's "Lazarus Laughed" premieres in Pasadena

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Apr 9th Mae West's NYC debut in a daring new play "Diamond Lil"

Actress Mae West
Mae West
  • Apr 9th Top-Oss soccer team forms in Oss
  • Apr 9th Turkey passes separation of church & state
  • Apr 13th 1st trans atlantic flight Europe-US (Fitzmaurice-von Hunefeld-Köhl)
  • Apr 14th Maddus Airlines starts 1st regular passenger flights between SF & LA
  • Apr 14th Stanley Cup: NY Rangers beat Montreal Maroons, 3 games to 2
  • Apr 15th Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf (SF) forms
  • Apr 19th 32nd Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:37:07.8
  • Apr 19th Japanese troops occupies Sjantung-schiereiland
  • Apr 19th Yanks are out of 1st place for 1st time since May 1926
  • Apr 19th The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
  • Apr 24th Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented
  • Apr 25th Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes 1st guide dog for a US citizen Morris Frank
  • Apr 26th Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opens in London
  • Apr 30th Cherkess Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1957)
  • May 1st 6 children die & 10 injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania
  • May 1st Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter
  • May 1st Lei Day begun (a Hawaiian celebration)
  • May 1st Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service
  • May 1st Rotterdam soccer team Black White '28 forms
  • May 2nd KPQ-AM in Wenatchee WA begins radio transmissions
  • May 3rd Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.
  • May 7th The United Kingdom lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21
  • May 7th Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for "Bridge of San Luis Rey"
  • May 10th WGY, Schenectady begins regular TV programming
  • May 11th 53rd Preakness: Raymond Sonny Workman aboard Victorian wins in 2:00.2

Sport awardGolf Major

May 11th 63rd British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Royal St George's

Golfer Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen
  • May 11th General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, NY)
  • May 12th Benito Mussolini ends women's rights in Italy
  • May 12th Second Opium Law introduced - international law to control drugs
  • May 14th John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab & suffers a broken leg
  • May 15th Mickey Mouse made his 1st ever appearance in silent film "Plane Crazy"
  • May 17th 9th modern Olympic games opens in Amsterdam
  • May 19th 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
  • May 19th "Firedamp" explodes in Mather Pa coal mine killing 195 of 273 miners
  • May 19th 51 frogs enter 1st annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" (Angel's Camp, Cal)
  • May 22nd US Congress accept Jones-White Merchant Naval Act
  • May 23rd Bomb attack on Italian embassy in Buenos Aires, 22 die
  • May 24th Record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field, as Yanks beat A's 9-7
  • May 24th Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole again
  • May 26th A's commit 7 errors & lose to Yanks 7-4
  • May 28th Dodge Brothers Inc & Chrysler Corp merged
  • May 29th Fritz von Opel reaches 200 kph in experimental rocket car
  • May 30th Indianapolis 500: Louis Meyer wins in 5:01:33.725 (160.101 km/h)
  • May 31st 1st aerial crossing of Pacific takes off from Oakland
  • May 31st Charlie Hallows scores his 1,000th run of Cricket season
  • Jun 2nd Velveeta Cheese created by Kraft
  • Jun 4th President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents.
  • Jun 4th 33rd Men's French Championships: Henri Cochet beats Rene Lacoste (5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3)
  • Jun 4th 33rd Women's French Championships: Helen Wills beats Eileen Bennett (6-1, 6-2)
  • Jun 8th 1st US-to-Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford)
  • Jun 9th 60th Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Vito wins in 2:33.2
  • Jun 9th Charles Kingsford-Smith & Charles Ulm are 1st to fly across the Pacific when they end their flight from California to Brisbane

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 11th Alfred Hitchcock's film, "Case Of Jonathan Drew," (or "The Lodger") is released

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 12th NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits 2 triples & 2 HRs to be White Sox 15-7

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jun 14th Republican National Convention, meeting in KC, nominates Herbert Hoover for President

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 15th Ty Cobb, 41, steals home for 50th & final time

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

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Jun 17th Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)

Aviation Pioneer Amelia Earhart
Aviation Pioneer
Amelia Earhart
  • Jun 18th American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean landing at Burry Port, Wales
  • Jun 24th 32nd US Golf Open: Johnny Farrell shoots a 294 at Olympia Fields Ill
  • Jun 24th With declining business, the Great Gorge and International Railway begins using one-person crews on trolley operations in Canada.
  • Jun 25th NY Giant Fred Lindstrom ties record of 9 hits in a doubleheader
  • Jun 28th Alfred E Smith (NY-Gov) nominated for US president at Democratic Convention
  • Jun 28th Friedrich Schmiedl attempted rocket mail in Austria (unsuccessful)
  • Jun 29th The Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge in Staten Island, New York both opened.
  • Jun 30th Radio Service Bulletin lists radio stations call signs that are to be changed to conform with international standards
  • Jul 2nd British parliament reduces the age at women can vote to 21 - the same as men (Representation of the People Act 1928)
  • Jul 2nd The Jenkins Television Corporation (owned by Charles Jenkins) goes on air with W3XK, the first television broadcasting station in the USA
  • Jul 3rd 1st colour TV broadcast in London (John Logie Baird)
  • Jul 6th 1st all-talking motion picture shown in NY (Lights of NY)
  • Jul 6th Worlds largest record hailstone 1.5 lbs (7 inchs in diameter) at the time falls in Potter, Nebraska
  • Jul 6th 48th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: René Lacoste beats Henri Cochet (6-1 4-6 6-4 6-2)
  • Jul 7th 41st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody beats Lilí Álvarez (6-2 6-3)
  • Jul 7th Edward Hamm of US, sets then long jump record at 25' 11"
  • Jul 7th Sliced bread sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company, Missouri. Described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.
  • Jul 8th Phillies set record of errorless 25 inning doubleheader
  • Jul 10th Senator Milt Gaston hurls record tying 14-hit shutout
  • Jul 12th 1st televised tennis match
  • Jul 15th 22nd Tour de France won by Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg
  • Jul 19th King Fuad of Egypt siezes power and disbands parliament
  • Jul 20th The government of Hungary issues a decree ordering Gypsies to end their nomadic ways, settle permanently in one place, and subject themselves to the same laws and taxes as other Hungarians.
  • Jul 26th Gene Tunney TKOs Tom Heeney in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jul 26th Yanks score 11 runs in 12th beating Tigers 12-1
  • Jul 27th AVRO, General Vereniging Radio Omroep, forms
  • Jul 27th Tich Freeman becomes only bowler ever to take 200 first-class wickets before end of July.
  • Jul 28th 9th Olympic Games open in Amsterdam

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Jul 29th Test footage first created for Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" with Mickey Mouse

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • Jul 29th Cleve Indians score 17 in 1st 2 inns to beat Yanks 24-6 at Dunn Field they also set a record with 24 singles in 1 game
  • Jul 29th 23rd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (4-1)

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Jul 30th George Eastman shows 1st color motion pictures (US)

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman
  • Jul 31st 1st woman to win a track and field olympic gold medal, Halina Konopacka of Poland

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 1st Babe Ruth hits HR # 42 & is 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 2nd Benito Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
  • Aug 3rd Ray Barbuti saves US team from defeat in Amsterdam Olympics track events by winning 400 m (47.8 sec)
  • Aug 11th Carl Hubbell's 1st major league victory is a 4-0 shutout of Phils
  • Aug 11th Georges Ronsse becomes world champion cyclists
  • Aug 12th 9th Olympic Games close in Amsterdam
  • Aug 13th Soviet Union Spartacan Games begins
  • Aug 14th Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur's "Front Page," premieres in NYC
  • Aug 25th Tri-City Rugby Football Union forms consisting of Moose Jaw, Regina & Winnipeg
  • Aug 27th 16 die in a NYC subway's 2nd worst accident

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Aug 27th Kellogg-Briand Pact, 60 nations agree to condemn 'recourse to war for the solution of international controversies'.

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg
  • Aug 27th 42nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills beats Helen Jacobs (6-2, 6-1)
  • Aug 30th Jawaharlal Nehru requests independence of India
  • Aug 31st Brecht & Weil's play " The Threepenny Opera " premieres
  • Sep 1st Albania becomes a kingdom, with Zogu I as king
  • Sep 3rd Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb got his 4,191th & final career hit
  • Sep 6th USSR signs Briand-Kellogg-pact
  • Sep 7th Sophie Treadwell's "Machinal" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 9th Silvio Cator of Haiti, sets then long jump record at 26' ½"
  • Sep 11th 1st TV drama-WGY's Queens Messenger
  • Sep 11th Ty Cobb last hitting appearance, pops out against Yankees
  • Sep 12th -17] Hurricane in Florida, kills 6,000
  • Sep 12th Katharine Hepburn's NY stage debut in "Night Hostess"
  • Sep 13th KOH-AM in Reno NV begins radio transmissions
  • Sep 15th 400 kg Fournier-albums (forged postage stamps) burn in Geneva

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Sep 15th Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza

  • Sep 15th Cards set NL record of 18 men left on base beating Phillies 8-6
  • Sep 15th Stothard, Kalmar & Ruby's musical "Good Boy," premieres in NYC
  • Sep 15th Tich Freeman becomes the only bowler to take 300 wickets in an English cricket season.
  • Sep 16th Hurricane hits West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee Florida; 3,000 die
  • Sep 17th Hurricane hits Lake Okeechobee Florida drowning 1,800-2500
  • Sep 17th Pitcher Ray Boggs hits 3 batters in 1 inning
  • Sep 17th 48th U.S. Men's National Championship: Henri Cochet beats Francis Hunter (4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3)
  • Sep 18th Cards beat Phillies for 20th of 22 games in 1928
  • Sep 18th Juan de la Cierva flies 1st helicopter above Channel
  • Sep 21st "My Weekly Reader" magazine made its debut
  • Sep 24th Cohan/Lardner's musical "Elmer the Great" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 27th The Nationalist Republic of China is recognised by the United States.
  • Sep 28th 1st recording session in Nashville (Warmack's Gully Jumpers)
  • Sep 28th Juan de la Cierva makes 1st helicopter flight over English Channel
  • Sep 28th NY Yanks clinch pennant #6

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Sep 28th Prussia forbids speech from Adolf Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Sep 28th US acknowledge Chinese government of Chiang Kai-shek
  • Sep 28th Valentin Katayev's "Kvadratura Kruga" premieres in Moscow
  • Sep 28th UK passes the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing cannabis.
  • Sep 29th Cardinals win NL pennant with a 3-1 win at Boston
  • Sep 29th Yanks (17) Tigers (28) set 9 inning hit record (45)-Tigers win 19-10
  • Sep 30th Le Sifflet publishes 1st precursor of Kuifje (Tintin)
  • Sep 30th Leon Vanderstuyft of Belgium cycles record 76 mi 604 yds in 1 hr
  • Oct 1st Leon Vanderstuyft of Belgium bicycled 76 miles 504 yards in 1 hour

Sports record brokenWorld Record

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

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

Sport awardGolf Major

Oct 6th 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 6th Josip Broz (Tito) sentenced to 5 years in jail
  • Oct 7th Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10 miles (50:15.0)
  • Oct 7th Race Tafari Makonnen crowned king of Abyssinia
  • Oct 8th Cole Porter & E Ray Goetz' musical "Paris" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 8th Eastern Soccer League forms in USA
  • Oct 8th Joseph Szigeti debuted Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto.
  • Oct 9th Marcel Pagnol's "Topaz" premieres in Paris
  • Oct 9th NY Yankees sweep Cards in 25th World Series, become 1st to sweep consecutive World Series; Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs in game