What Happened in June 1928

Historical Events

  • Jun 2 Kraft, building on the original 1918 design, rolls out Velveeta cheese
  • Jun 4 French Championship Women's Tennis: Helen Wills beats England's Eileen Bennett 6-1, 6-2 for her first of 4 French singles titles
  • Jun 4 French Championships Men's Tennis: Henri Cochet wins his 2nd of 4 home titles; beats countryman René Lacoste 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
  • Jun 4 President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents
  • Jun 8 1st US-to-Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford)

Belmont Stakes

Jun 9 60th Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Vito wins in 2:33.2

  • Jun 9 Charles Kingsford-Smith & Charles Ulm are 1st to fly across the Pacific when they end their flight from California to Brisbane

Film Release

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

Baseball Record

Jun 12 New York Yankees future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig collects 14 total bases with 2 triples and 2 home runs in a 15-7 win over Chicago White Sox

Presidential Convention

Jun 14 Republican National Convention, meeting in Kansas City, nominates Herbert Hoover for President

Baseball Record

Jun 15 Philadelphia Athletics baseball star Ty Cobb, steals home for a record 54th time

Historic Event

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

  • Jun 18 American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, landing at Burry Port, Wales
  • Jun 23 Commencement of West Indies cricket's first ever Test match; England go on to win by an innings and 58 runs at Lord's

US Golf Open

Jun 24 US Open Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: Johnny Farrell defeats amateur Bobby Jones by 1 stroke in a 36-hole playoff to win his only major title

  • Jun 24 With declining business, the Great Gorge and International Railway begins using one-person crews on trolley operations in Canada
  • Jun 25 NY Giants future Baseball HOF third baseman Freddie Lindstrom ties record of 9 hits in a doubleheader in 12-4 & 8-2 wins over Philadelphia Phillies at the Baker Bowl

Historic Event

Jun 26 First meeting of the International Congresses of Modern Architects (CIAM) at Lake Leman, Switzerland organized by Le Corbusier

  • Jun 28 Alfred E Smith (NY-Governor) nominated for US President at Democratic Convention
  • Jun 28 Friedrich Schmiedl attempts rocket mail in Austria (unsuccessful)

Music History

Jun 28 Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of "West End Blues"

  • Jun 29 The Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge in Staten Island, New York both opened
  • Jun 30 Radio Service Bulletin lists radio stations call signs that are to be changed to conform with international standards

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Bob Monkhouse, comedian (Bonkers), born in Kent, England
  • Jun 1 Georgi Timofeyevich Dobrovolsky, Odessa, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11)
  • Jun 2 John Anthony Bowden Cuddon, writer/teacher
  • Jun 3 Donald Judd, American minimalist sculptor and artist, born in Excelsior Springs, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • Jun 3 John Reid, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and captain (58 Tests; 6 x 100s; 85 wickets) and ICC Match Referee (50 Tests 1993-2002), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • Jun 4 Lloyd Lambert, American bassist (Guitar Slim), born in Thilbodaux, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • Jun 4 Paul Greening, Royal Navy officer and master of Queen's household, born in Steyning, Sussex, England (d. 2008)
  • Jun 4 Ruth Westheimer, German-American sex therapist and media personality (Dr Ruth), born in Wiesenfeld, Germany
  • Jun 4 Teddy Kotick, American jazz double bassist (Phil Woods; Charlie Parker; Bill Evans), born in Haverhill, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • Jun 5 Don Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), born in Santa Clara, California (d. 2018)
  • Jun 5 Otto F. Walter, Swiss writer and publisher (Walter Verlag), born in Rickenbach (d. 1994)
  • Jun 5 Robert Lansing, American actor (12 O'Clock High, Equalizer, A Man for All Seasons, Chariots of Fire), born in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire (d. 1994)
  • Jun 5 Tony Richardson, English theater and film director (Tom Jones), born in Shipley, England (d. 1991)
  • Jun 6 George Deukmejian, American politician, 35th Governor of California (1983-91), born in Menands, New York (d. 2018)
  • Jun 7 Anthony Nicholas Maria Wahl, American historian, born in New York (d. 1996)
  • Jun 7 Anthony Ortega, American session and jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, and flautist (A Man and His Horns), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 7 Charles Strouse, American composer (Bye Bye Birdie; Annie), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 7 Dave Bowen, Welsh soccer wing-half (19 caps; Arsenal) and manager (Wales 1964-74; Northampton Town), born in Maesteg, Wales (d. 1995)
  • Jun 7 David Malcolm Lewis, English historian, expert in Greek Epigraphy, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Jun 7 James Ivory, American producer, director and screenwriter (Howard's End; Remains of the Day), born in Berkeley, California
  • Jun 7 James Jude, American thoracic surgeon (developed CPR), born in Maple Lake, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • Jun 7 Reg Park, British bodybuilder (Mr Universe - 1951, 58, 65), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2007)
  • Jun 8 Kate Wilhelm, American fiction author (Hugo Award: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • Jun 9 Geraint Gruffydd, Welsh scholar (University of Wales), born in Tal-y-bont, Wales (d. 2015)

Jackie Mason

Jun 9 Jackie Mason [Yacov Maza], American Emmy and Tony Award-winning stand-up comedian, stage, film and television actor (The World According To Me!), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (d. 2021) [1]

  • Jun 10 Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator (Where The Wild Things Are), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jun 11 Bob Gordon, American cool jazz baritone saxophonist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • Jun 11 Gerard van Leijenhorst, Dutch undersecretary of the Interior (CDA), born in Ede, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • Jun 11 Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Spanish Queen of Belgium, born in Zurbano Palace, Madrid, Spain (d. 2014)
  • Jun 12 Michael Wishart, British figurative painter, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Jun 12 Richard Sherman, American composer and lyricist (The Sherman Brothers - Mary Poppins), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 12 Tom Rosqui, American stage and screen character actor (The Godfather - "Rocco Lampone"), born in Oakland, California (d. 1991)
  • Jun 12 Vic Damone [Vito Farinola], American singer (On the Street Where You Live), entertainer, actor and TV presenter (Vic Damone Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2018)
  • Jun 13 Jean Villain, Swiss writer, born in Zurich (d. 2006)

John Nash

Jun 13 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, born in Bluefield, West Virginia (d. 2015)

  • Jun 13 Ken Behring, American real estate developer, NFL team owner, philanthropist (Seattle Seahawks), born in Freeport, Illinois (d. 2019)

Che Guevara

Jun 14 Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Argentine Marxist revolutionary (Cuban Revolution), author and physician, born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 1967)

  • Jun 16 John Cuneo, Australian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1972), born in Bulimba, Queensland, Australia (d. 2020)
  • Jun 16 Sergiu Comissiona, Romanian-Israeli-American conductor (Haifa Symphony, 1959-64; Gothenburg Symphony, 1966-77; Philharmonic; Baltimore Symphony, 1969-84), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2005)
  • Jun 18 David T. Lykken, American behavioral geneticist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2006)
  • Jun 18 Marguerite "Maggie" McNamara, American actress (3 Coins in a Fountain, Cardinal), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • Jun 18 Michael Blakemore, British theater director (Country Life)
  • Jun 19 Barry Took, English comedy writer (d. 2002)
  • Jun 19 Nancy Marchand, American actress (The Sopranos, Beacon Hill, Margaret-Lou Grant), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2000)
  • Jun 19 Raymond Powell, British MP
  • Jun 20 David Mitchell, British MP, born in rural Buckinghamshire, England (d. 2014)
  • Jun 20 Eric Dolphy, American jazz saxophone, bass clarinet, and flute player, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1964)
  • Jun 20 Jean-Marie le Pen, French leader (National Front party)
  • Jun 20 Martin Landau, American actor (Ed Wood; North By Northwest; Mission Impossible; Space 1999), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • Jun 20 William Berger, Austrian American actor (Face to Face, Adventure of Hercules), born in Innsbruck, Austria (d. 1993)
  • Jun 21 Judith Raskin, American soprano (Le Nozze di Figaro - "Susanna"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • Jun 21 Valentin Gavriyilovich Yershov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jun 22 Ralph Waite, American actor, director and political candidate (Cool Hand Luke, The Waltons), born in White Plains, New York (d. 2014)
  • Jun 23 Michael Shaara, American writer (Killer Angels), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1988)
  • Jun 25 Alexei Abrikosov, Russian-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 2003), born in Moscow (d. 2017)
  • Jun 25 Jacob Druckman, American composer (Animus; Windows), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Jun 25 Michel Brault, Canadian filmmaker (Direct Cinema - pioneered hand-held camera work), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2013) [1]
  • Jun 25 Peyo [Pierre Culliford], Belgian cartoonist (The Smurfs; Johan et Pirlouit), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • Jun 25 William Joseph Russo, American trombonist, jazz, classical and theater composer (Titans Symphony) and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Jun 26 Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japanese inventor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jun 27 Rudy Perpich, American politician, 34th & 36th Governor of Minnesota, born in Carson Lake, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • Jun 28 Andrew Gordon Speedie-Pask, English cybernetician stage producer and lyricist, born in Derby (d. 1996)
  • Jun 28 Cyril Smith, British Liberal Member of Parliament and alleged serial sex offender, born in Lancashire, England (d. 2010)
  • Jun 28 Hans Blix, Swedish head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission 2000-2003, born in Uppsala, Sweden
  • Jun 28 Harold Evans, English-American journalist and writer (editor of The Sunday Times), born in Patricroft, England
  • Jun 28 Nick Virgilio, American Haiku poet, born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1989)
  • Jun 28 Peter Heine, South African cricketer (solid South African fast bowler in 1950's), born in Winterton, Natal, South Africa (d. 2005)
  • Jun 28 Ronald Alfred Gardyne "Rags" Butler, British sailor (d. 1996)
  • Jun 29 Ian Bannen, Scottish character actor (Eye of the Needle, Gorky Park), born in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1999)
  • Jun 30 Frank Marcus, German playwright and critic, born in Breslau, Silesia, Germany (d. 1996)

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 15 "King Kong" actress Fay Wray (20) weds playwright-screenwriter John Monk Saunders (30)

Thomas E. Dewey

Jun 16 New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey (26) weds stage actress Frances Eileen Hutt


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Famous Deaths

  • Jun 3 Li Yüan-hung, Chinese general and political figure (b. 1864)
  • Jun 6 Heinrich Gottlieb Noren, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 7 Chiang Tsolin, Chinese warlord of North-China, murdered
  • Jun 12 Salvador Díaz Mirón, Mexican poet (Los Cien Mejores Poemas), dies at 74
  • Jun 13 Dámaso Ledesma, Spanish organist, composer, musicologist, and priest, dies at 60

Emmeline Pankhurst

Jun 14 Emmeline Pankhurst, British suffragette who formed the Women's Social & Political Union (1903), dies at 69

  • Jun 16 Mark Keppel, Superintendent of Los Angeles County Schools from 1902-1928, dies at 61
  • Jun 17 Ramon de Basterra, Spanish writer and diplomat (Virulo, mocedades), dies at 39

Roald Amundsen

Jun 18 Roald Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer who led the 1st expedition to the South Pole, dies in a plane crash while flying on a rescue mission in the Arctic at 55

  • Jun 22 A. B. Frost, American illustrator (b. 1851)
  • Jun 22 George Siegmann, American actor (Birth of Nation, Queen of Sheba, Oliver Twist), dies from pernicious anemia at 46
  • Jun 23 Thomas H. Rollinson, American composer, dies at 84