On This Day

What Happened in 1928

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 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')
  • Jun 18 American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, landing at Burry Port, Wales

1928 in Film & TV

  • Jan 13 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
  • Jul 2 The Jenkins Television Corporation (owned by Charles Jenkins) goes on air with W3XK, the first television broadcasting station in the USA
  • Jul 3 John Logie Baird demonstrates the first colour television transmission in London
  • Jul 29 Test footage first created for Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" with Mickey Mouse
  • Sep 11 1st ever TV drama WGY's "Queens Messenger" broadcast in the New York area starring Izetta Jewell
  • Nov 18 Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" released, first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon
  • Dec 23 NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network

1928 in Music

1928 in Sport

  • Jul 31 Halina Konopacka of Poland hurls discus world record 39.62m to win first gold medal in women's Olympic athletics at the Amsterdam Games; American Lillian Copeland and Ruth Sveberg of Sweden take minor medals
  • Oct 9 Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat St. Louis Cardinals, 7-3 at Sportsman's Park to become first to sweep consecutive World Series; Babe Ruth hits smashes 3 HRs for Yanks

Did You Know?

Sliced bread sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company, Missouri, using a machine invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder. Described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.

On July 7, 1928

Would You Believe?

Largest recorded hailstone at the time 1.5 lbs (7 inches in diameter) falls in Potter, Nebraska

On July 6, 1928

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 2 Photographer Ansel Adams (25) weds Virginia Best in Yosemite Valley
  • Feb 26 Actress Mary Astor (21) weds director Kenneth Hawks (30) at her family home in Moorcrest
  • Mar 6 Industrialist Oskar Schindler (19) weds Emilie Schindler (20) in Svitavy, Czech Republic

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