On This Day

August 1928 in History

Events in History

Treaty of Interest

Aug 2 Benito Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia (Ethiopia)

  • Aug 13 Soviet Union Spartacan Games begins
  • Aug 14 Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur's "Front Page," premieres in NYC
  • Aug 27 16 die in a NYC subway's 2nd worst accident

Treaty of Interest

Aug 27 Kellogg-Briand Pact, 60 nations agree to condemn 'recourse to war for the solution of international controversies'.

Historic Event

Aug 30 Jawaharlal Nehru requests independence of India


Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Hugh Francis Lamprey, British ecologist (d. 1996)
  • Aug 7 James Randi, Canadian skeptic magician (Nova), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 7 Herbert H. Bateman, American politician (Rep-R-Virginia), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • Aug 8 Ken Scowcroft, English insurance magnate/multi-millionaire
  • Aug 11 Richard Barratt, former Chief Inspector of Constabulary
  • Aug 12 Charles Blackman, Australian artist
  • Aug 14 Laurens van Deenen, Dutch biochemist, born in Maastricht, Germany (d. 1994)
  • Aug 21 Mário Pinto de Andrade, Angolan poet and politician who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), born in Golungo Alto, Portuguese Angola (d. 1990)
  • Aug 22 Tinga Seisay, Sierra Leonean diplomat and pro-democracy advocate, born in Moyamba, Sierra Leone
  • Aug 26 Naïm Kattan, Canadian novelist and essayist, born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2021)
  • Aug 27 Jack Thompson, British politician (Labour), born in Ashington, England (d. 2011)
  • Aug 27 Mangosuthu Buthelezi, South African politician (Chief Minister of KwaZulu 1972-94), born in Mahlabathini, Natal, South Africa
  • Aug 28 F. William Free, American advertising executive (I'm Cheryl – Fly Me.), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • Aug 31 Jeremy Stephen Maas, writer/art dealer

Deaths in History

  • Aug 8 Stjepan Radic, founder/leader (Croatian Boer party), dies
  • Aug 9 Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden (1907-18), dies at 71
  • Aug 14 Klabund [Alfred Henschke], German writer (Spuk, Rasputin), dies at 37
  • Aug 29 Richard Haldane, British viscount and lord-chancellor (Life of A Smith), dies at 72
  • Aug 30 Wilhelm Wien, German physicist (laws of motion, Nobel 1911), dies at 64