What Happened in September 1928

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Albania becomes a kingdom, with Zogu I as king

Sports History

Sep 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ty Cobb records his 4,189th and final career hit, as a pinch hitter for Philadelphia A's in 6-1 loss v Washington Senators

  • Sep 7 Sophie Treadwell's "Machinal" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 9 Silvio Cator of Haiti, sets then long jump record at 26' ½"
  • Sep 11 1st ever TV drama WGY's "Queens Messenger" broadcast in the New York area starring Izetta Jewell
  • Sep 11 Ty Cobb last hitting appearance, pops out against Yankees

Film & TV History

Sep 12 Katharine Hepburn's NYC stage debut in "Night Hostess"

  • Sep 12 San Felipe Segundo/Okeechobee hurricane makes landfall in Guadeloupe, French Antilles as category 4 storm, killing 1,200; additional damage and fatalities on neighboring islands of Martinique, Montserrat, and Nevis
  • Sep 13 KOH-AM in Reno NV begins radio transmissions
  • Sep 13 San Felipe Segundo/Okeechobee hurricane makes landfall in Puerto Rico as a category 5 storm, killing over 300, leaving 500,000 homeless, and causing $50M in damages (about $790M in 2020 dollars)
  • Sep 15 400 kg Fournier-albums (forged postage stamps) burn in Geneva
  • Sep 15 Kent leg-spinner Alfred "Tich" Freeman takes 2-102 and 4-75 for Rest of England vs Lancashire to become the only bowler to take 300 wickets (304) in an English cricket season

Scientific Discovery

Sep 15 Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza

  • Sep 15 St. Louis Cardinals set NL record of 18 men left-on-base; still beat Phillies, 8-6 at the Baker Bowl, Philadelphia
  • Sep 15 Stothard, Kalmar & Ruby's musical "Good Boy" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 16 San Felipe Segundo/Okeechobee hurricane crosses through the Bahamas as a category 4 storm, killing 18, as it travels from Puerto Rico to Florida
  • Sep 17 Boston Braves pitcher Ray Boggs hits 3 batters in 1 inning during his 4th and final major league appearance, in 15-5 loss to Chicago Cubs
  • Sep 17 San Felipe Segundo/Okeechobee hurricane makes landfall in West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee, Florida as category 4 storm, killing 2,500- 3,000 and causing $25M in damages (about $345M in 2020 dollars)
  • Sep 17 US National Championship Men's Tennis: Frenchman Henri Cochet wins his only US title; beats American Frank Hunter 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
  • Sep 18 Juan de la Cierva flies 1st helicopter above Channel
  • Sep 18 San Felipe Segundo/Okeechobee hurricane makes fifth and final landfall near Edisto Island, South Carolina, as category 1 storm; total impact of event - over 4,100 killed and $100M ($1.6B in 2020) in damage
  • Sep 18 St. Louis beat Phillies, 4-2 at the Baker Bowl, Philadelphia; 20th Cards' win of 22 starts between the 2 clubs in 1928
  • Sep 21 "My Weekly Reader" magazine made its debut

Music Premiere

Sep 24 George M. Cohan and Ring Lardner's musical play "Elmer the Great" premieres in NYC

  • Sep 27 The Nationalist Republic of China is recognised by the United States.
  • Sep 28 1st recording session in Nashville (Warmack's Gully Jumpers)
  • Sep 28 Juan de la Cierva makes 1st helicopter flight over English Channel
  • Sep 28 NY Yanks clinch pennant #6

Historic Event

Sep 28 Prussia forbids speech from Adolf Hitler

  • Sep 28 UK passes the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing cannabis.

Historic Event

Sep 28 US acknowledge Chinese government of Chiang Kai-shek

  • Sep 28 Valentin Katayev's "Kvadratura Kruga" premieres in Moscow
  • Sep 29 Cardinals win NL pennant with a 3-1 win at Boston
  • Sep 29 Yanks (17) Tigers (28) set 9 inning hit record (45)-Tigers win 19-10

Historic Publication

Sep 30 Le Sifflet publishes 1st precursor of Kuifje (Tintin)

  • Sep 30 Leon Vanderstuyft of Belgium cycles record 76 mi 604 yds in 1 hr

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Arn Shein, American sports writer (editor The Daily Item 1949-74), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Sep 1 Clifford Lincoln, Canadian politician
  • Sep 1 George Maharis, American actor (Buz-Route 66, Most Deadly Game), born in Astoria, Queens, New York
  • Sep 2 Miloslav Ištvan, Czech composer, born in Olomouc, Kingdom of Bohemia (now Czech Republic) (d. 1990)
  • Sep 2 Peter Mansfield, British political journalist and author (d. 1996)
  • Sep 3 Gaston Thorn, 20th Prime Minister of Luxembourg (1974–79) and 7th President of the European Commission (1981–85), born in Luxembourg (d. 2007)
  • Sep 4 Dick York, American actor (Darrin-Bewitched, Inherit the Wind), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • Sep 4 Donald Petersen, American businessman (CEO of Ford Motor Company), born in Pipestone, Minnesota
  • Sep 5 Lena McLin (née Johnson), American music teacher, composer (Oh Freedom), and Baptist pastor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 6 Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian conductor (USSR State Symphony, 1965-2000; Residentie Orchestra 1992-2000), pianist, and composer (Siberian Fantasy), born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2002)
  • Sep 6 Robert M. Pirsig, American author (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • Sep 6 Rudolf Plyukfelder, Soviet light heavyweight lifter (Olympic gold 1964), born in Novoorlivka, Ukraine
  • Sep 7 Donald Henderson, American epidemiologist, led world campaign that eradicated smallpox, born in Lakewood, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • Sep 10 Jean Vanier, Canadian disabilities advocate
  • Sep 10 Leo P. Kelley, American sci-fi author (Dead Moon, Vacation in Space) (d. 2002)
  • Sep 10 Walter Martin, American Christian apologist (d. 1989)
  • Sep 11 Earl Holliman, American actor (The Rainmaker, Police Woman, Tribes, Cry Panic), born in Delhi, Louisiana
  • Sep 11 Reubin Askew, American politician (37th Governor of Florida), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • Sep 13 Ernest L. Boyer, American educator and chancellor (NY's State Universities-SUNY), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • Sep 14 Albert Shanker, American labor leader (Amer Fed of Teachers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • Sep 14 Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman and husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent, born in London, England (d. 2004)
  • Sep 15 Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the 1950-60s hard bop era ("The Black Messiah"), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • Sep 15 Rod Robbie, Canadian architect and planner (Roger's Centre/Sky Dome, Toronto), born in Poole, England (d. 2012)
  • Sep 17 Brian Matthew, British disc jockey (Saturday Club), born in Coventry (d. 2017)
  • Sep 17 Roddy McDowall, British actor (Planet of Apes, Cleopatra, Lord Love a Duck), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • Sep 18 Adam Walacinski, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland (d. 2015)
  • Sep 18 Phyllis Kirk [Kirkegaard], American actress (Thin Man, Red Button's Show), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2006)
  • Sep 19 Adam West [William West Anderson], American actor (Batman, Last Precinct), born in Walla Walla, Washington (d. 2017)
  • Sep 20 Donald Hall, American writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate of the United States, born in Hamden, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • Sep 20 Kirsten Rolffes, Danish actress (The Kingdom, Matador, Een stor familie), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2000)
  • Sep 22 Eric Broadley, British automotive engineer (Lola Cars)
  • Sep 22 Eugene Roche, American actor (Foul Play, Slaughterhouse Five), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • Sep 23 Robert Helps, composer
  • Sep 26 Bob Van der Veken, Belgian actor (Alle maten), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Sep 27 G H Martin, British keeper of Public Records
  • Sep 27 Margaret Rule, consultant (Mary Rose Trust)
  • Sep 28 "Tuli" Naphtali Kupferberg, American poet and singer (Fugs), born in New York City (d. 2010)
  • Sep 28 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", born in Millington, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • Sep 29 Ankie [Johanna A Hoving-]Peypers, Dutch author and poet
  • Sep 29 Eric Reginald Lubbock, Lord Avebury, English politician (Liberal MP for Orpington 1962-70)

Elie Wiesel

Sep 30 Elie Wiesel, Jewish Auschwitz survivor and author (Night), Nobel Prize winner 1986, born in Sighet, Romania (d. 2016)


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Famous Deaths

  • Sep 13 Italo Svevo [Ettore Schmitz], Italian writer (Una Vita), dies at 66
  • Sep 25 Karl Schneider, Australian cricketer (South Aust batsman), dies of leukaemia at 23
  • Sep 29 Ernst Steinitz, German mathematician, dies at 57
  • Sep 29 Lido Manetti [Arnold Kent], Italian-born American actor, dies in a car accident at 29