Events in Film & Television in 1928

  • Jan 13 Swedish-American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson, of General Electric, demonstrates the first television receiver at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, New York

Olympic Gold

Feb 18 Sonja Henie of Norway wins the women’s figure skating gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympic Games; her first of 3 consecutive titles in the event

Music Recording

Mar 1 Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra record "Ol' Man River" for Victor Records featuring Bing Crosby

  • Mar 19 "Amos & Andy" debuts on radio (NBC Blue Network-WMAQ Chicago)

Music Premiere

Mar 22 Noël Coward's musical "This Year of Grace" premieres in London

Theater Premiere

Apr 9 Mae West's NYC debut in a daring new play "Diamond Lil"

Film Release

Apr 21 "The Passion of Joan of Arc", directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti and Eugène Silvain, is released in Denmark

  • Apr 28 RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes in Schenectady, New York, allowing trials of inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson's first home television receiver; a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture was received from radio transmitter
  • May 15 Mickey Mouse makes his 1st ever appearance in silent film "Plane Crazy"

Film Release

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

  • Jul 2 The Jenkins Television Corporation (owned by Charles Jenkins) goes on air with W3XK, the first television broadcasting station in the USA

Film & TV History

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

  • Jul 12 1st televised tennis match

Film & TV History

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

  • Sep 11 1st ever TV drama WGY's "Queens Messenger" broadcast in the New York area starring Izetta Jewell

Film & TV History

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

Music Premiere

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

  • Nov 18 Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" released, first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon
  • Nov 26 Philip Barry's play "Holiday" premieres in New York City
  • Dec 12 Robert Nichols and Maurice Browne's play "Wings over Europe" premieres in New York City
  • Dec 20 Ethel Barrymore Theater opens at 243 W 47th St NYC
  • Dec 23 NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network

Sports History

Dec 26 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming