On This Day

What Happened in August 1928

Historical Events


Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 1 Babe Ruth hits home run #42 in the Yankees 12-1 win v St. Louis Browns, takes him 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 1 Americans sweep medals at a rainy Olympic pole vault final in Amsterdam with Sabin Carr gold, from William Droegemuller and Charles McGinnis

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Aug 2 Benito Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia (Ethiopia)

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Aug 3 Ray Barbuti wins 400m in 47.8 at the Amsterdam Olympics, the only individual track event won by an American at the Games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 NY Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell registers first MLB victory, a 4-0 shutout of Philadelphia Phillies at the Polo Grounds, NYC

Baseball Pitcher Carl Hubbell
Baseball Pitcher
Carl Hubbell
  • Aug 11 Georges Ronsse becomes world champion cyclists
  • Aug 12 IX Summer Olympic Games close in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Aug 13 Soviet Union Spartacan Games begins
  • Aug 14 Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur's "Front Page," premieres in NYC
  • Aug 25 Tri-City Rugby Football Union forms consisting of Moose Jaw, Regina & Winnipeg
  • Aug 27 16 die in a NYC subway's 2nd worst accident

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Aug 27 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
11x Prime Minister of France Aristide Briand
11x Prime Minister of France
Aristide Briand
  • Aug 27 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Helen Wills defeats fellow American Helen Jacobs 6–2, 6–1 for her 5th of 7 US singles crowns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 Jawaharlal Nehru requests independence of India

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Aug 31 Brecht & Weil's play " The Threepenny Opera " premieres

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Hugh Francis Lamprey, British ecologist (d. 1996)
  • Aug 2 Malcolm Hilton, English cricket slow left-arm (4 Tests), born in Chadderton, Lancashire (d. 1990)
  • Aug 3 Cécile Aubry, French actress (The Black Rose), author (Belle et Sébastien), television screenwriter and director, born in Paris, France (d. 2010)
  • Aug 4 Udham Singh, India, field hockey player (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 64), born in Sansarpur, India (d. 2000)
  • Aug 4 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver, born in Kortrijk, Belgium (d. 2003)

Person of interestAndy Warhol

Aug 6 Andy Warhol, American pop artist and film producer (Frankenstein, Bad), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
Pop Artist
Andy Warhol
  • Aug 6 Janice-Lee York Romary, California, fencer (Olympics 1948-68)
  • Aug 6 Herb Moford, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Aug 7 James Randi, Canadian skeptic magician (Nova), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 7 Herbert H. Bateman, American politician (Rep-R-Virginia), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • Aug 7 Romeo Muller, American screenwriter, born in the Bronx, New York (d. 1992)
  • Aug 7 Herb Reed, American musician (The Platters), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Aug 8 Ken Scowcroft, English insurance magnate/multi-millionaire
  • Aug 8 Don Burrows, Australian musician
  • Aug 8 Lord Alfred Hayes, English pro wrestler, manager and commentator (WWF), born in London, England (d. 2005)

Person of interestBob Cousy

Aug 9 Bob Cousy, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (NBA C'ship 1957, 59-63; NBA MVP 1957; 13 × NBA All-Star 1951–63; Boston Celtics), born in Manhattan, NYC

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Aug 10 Eddie Fisher, American singer (Oh My Papa, Lady of Spain), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Aug 10 Jimmy Dean, American country music singer, television host, actor, and businessman (Jimmy Dean Show, Diamonds are Forever), born in Plainview, Texas (d. 2010)
  • Aug 10 Gus Mercurio, American-born Australian actor (The Blue Lagoon, Crocodile Dundee II), born in West Bend, Wisconsin (d. 2010)
  • Aug 11 Richard Barratt, former Chief Inspector of Constabulary
  • Aug 11 Bill Bartholomay, American businessman and MLB owner (Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves 1962-76), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • Aug 11 Stan Kesler, American session musician, songwriter and, record producer and songwriter (Sun Studio), born in Abbeville, Mississippi (d. 2020)
  • Aug 12 Charles Blackman, Australian artist
  • Aug 12 Bob Buhl, American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • Aug 14 Laurens van Deenen, Dutch biochemist, born in Maastricht, Germany (d. 1994)
  • Aug 14 Lina Wertmüller [Arcangela Braueich], Italian screenwriter, film director, and 1st woman nominated for an Academy Award for Directing (Seven Beauties), born in Rome, Italy
  • Aug 15 Nicolas Roeg, English cinematographer and director (Aria, Eureka), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • Aug 16 Ann Blyth, American actress and singer (Kismet, Mildred Pierce), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • Aug 16 Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican-American blues guitarist, singer and harmonica player (Have Mercy On Me), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2011)
  • Aug 17 T.J. [Thomas Jefferson] Anderson, American composer, born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 17 Willem Duys, Dutch radio/TV host
  • Aug 18 Marge Schott, American MLB owner (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • Aug 21 Gillian Sheen, British fencer and foil champion (Olympic gold 1956), born in Willesden, London
  • Aug 21 Zdeněk Lukáš, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 2007)
  • Aug 21 Mário Pinto de Andrade, Angolan poet and politician who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), born in Golungo Alto, Portuguese Angola (d. 1990)
  • Aug 21 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (Farmer's Market, The Jazztet), born in Council Buffs, Iowa (d. 1999)
  • Aug 22 John Lupton, American actor (Tom-Broken Arrow), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • Aug 22 Tinga Seisay, Sierra Leonean diplomat and pro-democracy advocate, born in Moyamba, Sierra Leone
  • Aug 22 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German classical and electronic music composer, born in Mödrath, Kerpen, Germany (d. 2007)
  • Aug 23 Gerd Natschinski, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 2015)
  • Aug 23 Marian Seldes, American actress (A Delicate Balance, Father's Day), born in Manhattan, NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • Aug 25 Karl Korte, American composer and educator, born in Ossining, New York
  • Aug 25 Darrell Johnson, American baseball player, born in Horace, Nebraska (d. 2004)
  • Aug 26 Peter Appleyard, British-Canadian jazz vibraphonist, born in Cleethorpes England (d. 2013)
  • Aug 26 Naïm Kattan, Canadian novelist and essayist
  • Aug 26 Andrew Porter, British organist, opera director, music critic, and librettist, born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2015)
  • Aug 27 Jack Thompson, British politician (Labour), born in Ashington, England (d. 2011)
  • Aug 27 Joan Kroc [Mansfield], American 3rd wife of Ray Kroc, the owner of McDonald's and the San Diego Padres, born in West St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • Aug 27 Mangosuthu Buthelezi, South African politician (Chief Minister of KwaZulu 1972-94), born in Mahlabathini, Natal, South Africa
  • Aug 27 Peter Richard Tahourdin, English-Australian composer, born in Bramdean, Hampshire (d. 2009)
  • Aug 27 Othmar Schneider, Austrian skier (Olympic gold 1952), born in Lech, Austria (d. 2012)
  • Aug 28 F. William Free, American advertising executive (I'm Cheryl – Fly Me.), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • Aug 29 Charles Gray, British actor (Clay-Rawhide, Diamonds Are Forever, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Bournemouth, Hampshire (d. 2000)
  • Aug 29 Thomas Stewart, American bass-baritone (La Roche Capriccio), born in San Saba, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Aug 30 Johnny Mann, American music director (Johnny Mann Singers; Stand Up And Cheer), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • Aug 30 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (Casner Motor Racing Division team), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1965)
  • Aug 31 James Coburn, American actor (Our Man Flint, Magnificent Seven), born in Laurel, Nebraska (d. 2002)
  • Aug 31 Jeremy Stephen Maas, writer/art dealer

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 25 Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (61) weds dancer and writer Olga Ivanovna


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 6 W. H. Grattan Flood, Irish author and composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 8 Stjepan Radic, founder/leader (Croatian Boer party), dies
  • Aug 9 Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden (1907-18), dies at 71
  • Aug 10 Rex Cherryman, American actor (Camille, The Sunshine Trail, In for Thirty Days), dies from septic poisoning at 31
  • Aug 12 Leoš Janáček, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 13 Fernand de La Tombelle, French organist and composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 14 Klabund [Alfred Henschke], German writer (Spuk, Rasputin), dies at 37
  • Aug 29 Richard Haldane, British viscount and lord-chancellor (Life of A Smith), dies at 72
  • Aug 30 Wilhelm Wien, German physicist (laws of motion, Nobel 1911), dies at 64