October 1928 in History

Events in History

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 KPD begins petition against Germany building a battle fleet
  • 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 Joseph Szigeti debuted Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto.
  • Oct 9 Marcel Pagnol's "Topaz" premieres in Paris

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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
  • 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.
  • Oct 28 Indonesian child laws enforced in Bahasa Indonesia

Birthdays in History

  • 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 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 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 M. Russell Ballard, LDS apostle
  • Oct 12 Thomas Burnett Swann, US, sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur)
  • Oct 12 Al Held, US, painter/sculptor (hard edge-style)
  • Oct 14 Frank E. Resnik, American business executive (d. 1995)
  • Oct 16 Mary Daly, American feminist
  • Oct 17 Zacharias J de Beer, South African physician/MP (DP)
  • Oct 24 Gabriel Laub, Polish writer
  • Oct 26 Francisco Solano López, Argentine comics artists
  • Oct 27 Stefan Wewerka, German architect/sculptor
  • Oct 28 Ion Mihai Pacepa, Romanian general
  • Oct 30 Ernest Flatt, American choreographer (Carol Burnett Show), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1995)
  • Oct 30 Michael Andrews, painter
  • Oct 30 Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1999)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 22 Andrew Fisher, fifth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1862)
  • Oct 23 F A Alphonse Aulard, French historian, dies