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April 1928 in History

Events in History


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Apr 1 Chiang Kai-shek's army crosses Yang-tse

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Apr 9 Eugene O'Neill's "Lazarus Laughed" premieres in Pasadena
  • Apr 9 Turkey passes separation of church & state
  • Apr 13 1st trans atlantic flight Europe-US (Fitzmaurice-von Hunefeld-Köhl)
  • Apr 14 Maddus Airlines starts 1st regular passenger flights between SF & LA
  • Apr 15 Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf (San Francisco) forms
  • Apr 19 Japanese troops occupies Sjantung-schiereiland
  • Apr 19 The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
  • Apr 24 Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented
  • Apr 25 Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes 1st guide dog for a US citizen Morris Frank

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Apr 26 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition reopens in London after a fire

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud
  • Apr 30 Cherkess Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1957)

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, Dutch writer/director (Hadimassa)
  • Apr 2 Joseph Bernardin, American Cardinal of the Catholic Church, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • Apr 5 Peter Moore, British academic (Professor of Statistics at London Business School) (d. 2010)

Person of interestJames Watson

Apr 6 James Watson, American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist (co-discovered structure of DNA), born in Chicago, Illinois

Molecular Biologist James Watson
Molecular Biologist
James Watson
  • Apr 7 Alan J Pakula, director (All the President's Men, Klute)
  • Apr 7 James White, UK, sci-fi author (Star Surgeon, Star Healer)
  • Apr 8 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, CEO (NVSH)
  • Apr 8 Leah Rabin, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (d. 2000)
  • Apr 9 Brian Cubbon, British senior civil servant, born in Lancashire, England (d. 2015)
  • Apr 9 Floyd Spence, American attorney and politician (Rep-R-SC, 1971-2001), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • Apr 12 Brooklyn Supreme, Belgian stallion, heaviest known horse (1450 kg)
  • Apr 12 Uwe Kitzinger, President (Templeton College, Oxford), born in Nuremberg, Germany
  • Apr 13 Alan Clark, English politician (Minister for Defence Procurement), born in Paddington, London (d. 1999)
  • Apr 15 Norma Merrick Sklarek, 1st African-American woman architect in NY & California, born in Harlem, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 15 Richard Evans, British diplomat, ambassador to the People's Republic of China (1984-88), born in England (d. 2012)
  • Apr 17 Cynthia Ozick, American author (Pagan Rabbi & Other Stories), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 19 John Horlock, British vice-chancellor (Open College), born in Edmonton, Middlesex (d. 2015)
  • Apr 20 Gerald S. Hawkins, English-American astronomer (archaeoastronomy), born in Great Yarmouth, England (d. 2003)
  • Apr 23 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Apr 28 Yves Klein, French sculptor and painter, born in Nice, France (d. 1962)
  • Apr 28 Eugene M. Shoemaker, American planetary scientist and geologist (Shoemaker-Levy comet), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • Apr 30 Hugh Hood, Canadian author (White Figure, White Ground), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 2 Theodore Richards, US chemist (atomic weight, Nobel 1914), dies
  • Apr 5 Jane Ellen Harrison, scholar/archaeologist, dies
  • Apr 7 Alexander Bogdanov, Russian physician and philosopher, dies at 54
  • Apr 16 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman and founder of Henri Birks and Sons, dies at 87
  • Apr 25 Pyotr Nikolayevich, Baron Wrangel, Russian baron general (White Armies, WW II), dies at 49
  • Apr 29 Henrich Federer, Swiss writer (I Switch Off The Light), dies at 61