What Happened in July 1928

Historical Events

  • Jul 2 British parliament reduces the age at women can vote to 21 - the same as men (Representation of the People Act 1928)
  • Jul 2 The Jenkins Television Corporation (owned by Charles Jenkins) goes on air with W3XK, the first television broadcasting station in the USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 John Logie Baird demonstrates the first colour television transmission in London

Inventor of Television John Logie Baird
Inventor of Television
John Logie Baird
  • Jul 6 1st all-talking motion picture shown in NY (Lights of NY)
  • Jul 6 Worlds largest record hailstone 1.5 lbs (7 inchs in diameter) at the time falls in Potter, Nebraska
  • Jul 6 48th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: René Lacoste beats Henri Cochet (6-1 4-6 6-4 6-2)
  • Jul 7 41st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody beats Lilí Álvarez (6-2 6-3)
  • Jul 7 Edward Hamm of US, sets then long jump record at 25' 11"

InventionHistoric Invention

Jul 7 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.

  • Jul 8 Phillies set record of errorless 25 inning doubleheader
  • Jul 10 Senator Milt Gaston hurls record tying 14-hit shutout
  • Jul 12 1st televised tennis match
  • Jul 15 22nd Tour de France won by Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg
  • Jul 19 King Fuad of Egypt siezes power and disbands parliament
  • Jul 20 The government of Hungary issues a decree ordering Gypsies to end their nomadic ways, settle permanently in one place, subject themselves to the same laws and taxes as other Hungarians
  • Jul 26 Gene Tunney TKOs Tom Heeney in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jul 26 Yanks score 11 runs in 12th beating Tigers 12-1
  • Jul 27 AVRO, General Vereniging Radio Omroep, forms
  • Jul 27 Tich Freeman becomes only bowler ever to take 200 first-class wickets before end of July
  • Jul 28 9th Olympic Games open in Amsterdam

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • Jul 29 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 29 23rd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (4-1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 30 George Eastman shows first amateur color motion pictures to guests at his New York house including Thomas Edison

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Volker Wangenheim, composer
  • Jul 2 Estelita Rodriguez, Cuban actress (Cuban Fireball, Havana Rose), born in Guanajay, Cuba (d. 1966)
  • Jul 2 Pavel Kohout, Czech, director/author (Poor Murderer)
  • Jul 3 Evelyn Anthony, English historical writer (Poellenberg Inheritance)
  • Jul 3 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1977)
  • Jul 3 John Wills, lord-lt of Avon England
  • Jul 4 Cathy Berberian, Armenia, US singer
  • Jul 4 Lloyd Lambert, bassist
  • Jul 4 Patrick Tilley, UK, sci-fi author (1st Family, Blood River)
  • Jul 4 Paul de Wispelaere, Flemish writer/essayist/critic
  • Jul 4 Sylvius G M "Boy" Rozendal, premier (Netherland's Antilles)
  • Jul 4 Ruth Westerheimer, German psychosexual therapist (Dr Ruth), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Jul 5 Warren Oates, Depoy Ky, actor (East of Eden, Stoney Burke)
  • Jul 5 Pierre Mauroy, French politician (Prime Minister, 1981-4), (d. 2013)
  • Jul 7 Colleen Summers, vocal overdubber, born in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 8 Carol Henry, choreographer (Garry Moore Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jul 8 Norma Donaldson, American singer and actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1994)
  • Jul 9 Vince Edwards, American actor (Ben Casey, Matt Lincoln, Firehouse), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 9 Federico Bahamontes, Spanish cyclist
  • Jul 10 Jack Nel, cricketer (South African opening bat in 6 Tests 1949-57)
  • Jul 10 Moshe Greenberg, American-Israeli Bible scholar
  • Jul 10 Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer (d. 2003)
  • Jul 10 Bernard Buffet, French painter (d. 1999)
  • Jul 11 Nic Jonk, sculptor/painter (Jonas & the Whale)
  • Jul 11 Robert Washburn, composer
  • Jul 12 Sir Alastair Burnet [James William Alexander Burnet], British journalist and broadcaster (News at Ten), Born in Sheffield, England (d. 2012)
  • Jul 12 Elias James Corey, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Jul 12 Kathy Staff [Minnie Higginbottom], British actress (Mary Reilly, Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England (d. 2008)
  • Jul 12 Barbara Cowsills, singer and mother of The Cowsills (d. 1985)
  • Jul 13 Bob Crane, actor (Col Hogan-Hogan's Heroes, Donna Reed), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Jul 13 Donal Michalsky, composer
  • Jul 13 Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (d. 2000)
  • Jul 13 Leroy Vinnegar, American jazz bassist
  • Jul 14 Elizabeth Jane Lloyd, artist/teacher
  • Jul 14 Nancy Olson, actress (Absent-Minded Professor, Pollyanna), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jul 14 Ole Schmidt, Danish composer and conductor, born in Copenhagen (d. 2010)
  • Jul 14 Pierre Olaf, Cauderan France, actor (Kraft Music Hall)
  • Jul 15 Carl Woese, American microbiologist
  • Jul 16 Bella Davidovich, Baku Russia, pianist (Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel)
  • Jul 16 James Kilfedder, MP (Ulster Popular Unionist)
  • Jul 16 Ray Thornton, (Rep-D-Arkansas)
  • Jul 16 Robert Sheckley, American sci-fi author (10th Victim, Mindswap)
  • Jul 16 Anita Brookner, English novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, born in London (d. 2016)
  • Jul 16 Ticho Parly, Danish tenor (d. 1993)
  • Jul 17 Jean Muir, British fashion designer and dressmaker, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Jul 17 Vince Guaraldi, American jazz musician and composer (peanuts TV specials), born in San Francisco (d. 1976)
  • Jul 18 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer
  • Jul 19 John Bratby, painter/writer (Breakdown)
  • Jul 20 Jan Meyers, (Rep-R-Kansas, 1985- )
  • Jul 20 Pavel Kohout, Czech and Austrian writer (Poor Murderer) and dissident, born in Prague
  • Jul 20 Peter Ind, jazz musician
  • Jul 20 Charles David Ganao, Djambala, French Equatorial Africa, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo (1996-1997), (d. 2012)
  • Jul 21 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (d. 1998)
  • Jul 22 Georg Dreyfus, German-born Australian composer, born in Elberfeld
  • Jul 22 Orson Bean, actor/comedian (To Tell the Truth), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • Jul 22 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (d. 2005)
  • Jul 23 Leon Fleisher, pianist and conductor (Annapolis Symph 1973-77), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 23 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (d. 2004)
  • Jul 23 Vera Rubin, American astronomer who discovered dark matter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Jul 23 Cy Young, American athlete and only US male to win gold in javelin throwing (1952 Olympics), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • Jul 25 Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor, born in Pagsanjan, Philippines (d. 1988)
  • Jul 26 Hans Haselbock, composer

Person of interestStanley Kubrick

Jul 26 Stanley Kubrick, American director (2001 A Space Odyssey, Dr Strangelove, Lolita), born in The Bronx NY (d. 1999)

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • Jul 26 Tadeusz Baird, Polish composer (Giocosa)
  • Jul 26 Don Beauman, British racing driver (d. 1955)
  • Jul 26 Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet (d. 1980)
  • Jul 26 Peter Lougheed, Canadian politician
  • Jul 27 Sakari Mononen, composer
  • Jul 27 Karloff Lagarde, Mexican lucha libre wrestler (d. 2007)
  • Jul 28 Adrian Ratiu, composer
  • Jul 29 Bidzina Alexandrovich Kvernadze, composer
  • Jul 29 Li Ka-Shing, Chinese philanthropist and chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings, born in Chaozhou, Guangdong
  • Jul 30 Eunice Muñoz, Portuguese actress
  • Jul 31 Bill Frenzel, (Rep-R-MN, 1971- )

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 19 Physicist Enrico Fermi (26) weds writer Laura Capon in Rome, Italy

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 17 Alvaro Obregon, President of Mexico is assassinated
  • Jul 17 Giovanni Giolitti, 5x Prime Minister of Italy (1892-93, 1903-05, 1906-09, 1911-14, 1920-21), dies at 85
  • Jul 20 Kostas Karyotakis, Greek poet (b. 1896)
  • Jul 21 Ellen A Terry, Brits actress/dir (Imperial Theatre), dies at 81