On This Day

Historical Events in September 1928

  • 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
  • Sep 12 -17] Hurricane in Florida, kills 6,000

Film & TV History

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

  • Sep 13 KOH-AM in Reno NV begins radio transmissions
  • Sep 15 400 kg Fournier-albums (forged postage stamps) burn in Geneva

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 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
  • Sep 16 Hurricane hits West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee Florida; 3,000 die
  • Sep 17 Hurricane hits Lake Okeechobee Florida drowning 1,800-2500
  • Sep 17 Pitcher Ray Boggs hits 3 batters in 1 inning
  • 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 St. Louis beat Phillies, 4-2 at the Baker Bowl, Philadelphia; 20th Cards' win of 22 starts between the 2 clubs in 1928
  • Sep 18 Juan de la Cierva flies 1st helicopter above Channel
  • Sep 21 "My Weekly Reader" magazine made its debut
  • Sep 24 Cohan and Lardner's musical "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

Historic Event

Sep 28 US acknowledge Chinese government of Chiang Kai-shek

  • Sep 28 Valentin Katayev's "Kvadratura Kruga" premieres in Moscow
  • Sep 28 UK passes the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing cannabis.
  • 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