Historical Events in October 1928

World Record

Oct 1 Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi runs 15k world record 46:49.6 and 10 miles 50:15.0 in Berlin, Germany

  • Oct 1 USSR launches its first 5-year plan
  • Oct 2 "Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God", known as Opus Dei, founded by Saint JosemarĂ­a Escrivá
  • Oct 3 French submarine "Ondine" sinks returning to Toulon, drowning 42
  • Oct 4 KPD begins petition against Germany building a battle fleet

PGA Championship

Oct 6 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Five Farms CC: Leo Diegel dominates Al Espinosa, 6 & 5 in the final to win the first of his 2 consecutive titles

  • Oct 7 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10 miles (50:15.0)
  • Oct 7 Race Tafari Makonnen crowned king of Abyssinia

Music Premiere

Oct 8 Cole Porter and E. Ray Goetz' musical "Paris" opens at the Music Box Theater, NYC; runs for 195 performances

  • Oct 8 Joseph Szigeti debuts Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto

Baseball Record

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

  • Oct 9 Marcel Pagnol's "Topaz" premieres in Paris

Historic Event

Oct 10 Chiang Kai-shek becomes Director of the State Council of China

  • Oct 12 1st use of iron lung (Boston's Children Hospital)

Contract of Interest

Oct 15 Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators

Historic Event

Oct 20 Wien Alaska Airways, Inc. incorporated; the first airline in Alaska and one of the 1st in the US with Noel Wien as president

  • Oct 22 China expels all Russian instructors & civil servants
  • Oct 22 ESL Robinson's "Far-Off Hills" premieres in Dublin

Historic Event

Oct 22 Herbert Hoover speaks of "American system of rugged individualism"

  • Oct 22 Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity is founded at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.
  • Oct 28 Indian freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai injured leading silent protest against visiting British commission in Lahore (dies of injuries 17th November)
  • Oct 28 Indonesian child laws enforced in Bahasa Indonesia