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October 1928 in History

Events in History

  • 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 Josemaría Escrivá
  • Oct 3 French submarine "Ondine" sinks returning to Toulon, drowning 42
  • Oct 4 KPD begins petition against Germany building a battle fleet

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Oct 6 Josip Broz (Tito) sentenced to 5 years in jail

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • Oct 7 Race Tafari Makonnen crowned king of Abyssinia
  • Oct 9 Marcel Pagnol's "Topaz" premieres in Paris

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

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Oct 12 1st use of iron lung (Boston's Children Hospital)
The Hindenburg bursts into flames as it approaches its mooring mast. Thirty-six people died.
The Hindenburg bursts into flames as it approaches its mooring mast. Thirty-six people died.
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  • Oct 16 Mickey Cochrane wins AL MVP honors, edging Heinie Manush by 2 points

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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

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

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

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • Oct 22 Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity is founded at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.
  • Oct 28 Indonesian child laws enforced in Bahasa Indonesia
  • Oct 28 Indian freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai injured leading silent protest against visiting British commission in Lahore (dies of injuries 17th November)

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Zhu Rongji, Chinese politician
  • Oct 2 Wolfhart Pannenberg, German theologist (Gingham Girl), born in Stettin, Germany (d. 2014)
  • Oct 2 Anthony Tippet, British Royal Navy officer and Chief of Fleet Support (d. 2006)
  • Oct 2 Clay Felker, American journalist (NY Herald Tribune, Esquire), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • Oct 2 Robin Duthie, British accountant and CEO (Britoil), born in Greenock, Scotland
  • Oct 3 Shridath Ramphal, Guyanese Secretary-General (1975-90), born in New Amsterdam, British Guiana
  • Oct 4 Alvin Toffler, author (Future Shock, Power Shift, The Third Wave), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Oct 5 Louise Fitzhugh, American author and illustrator (Harriet the Spy), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1974)
  • Oct 7 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter, born in Kashan, Iran (d. 1980)
  • Oct 8 M. Russell Ballard, American religious leader (Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of LDS Church), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Oct 12 Thomas Burnett Swann, American sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1976)
  • Oct 12 Al Held, American painter and sculptor (hard edge-style), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • Oct 14 Frank E. Resnik, American business executive (Philip Morris USA), born in Pleasant Unity, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • Oct 16 Mary Daly, American feminist
  • Oct 17 Zacharias J de Beer, South African physician/MP (DP)
  • Oct 20 Li Peng, Chinese leader, Premier of China (1987-98), born in Shanghai French Concession (d. 2019)
  • Oct 21 Yú Guāngzhōng [Yu Kwang-chung], Taiwanese poet, essayist, and translator (Nostalgia), born in Nanjing, Republic of China (d. 2017)
  • Oct 24 Gabriel Laub, Polish writer, born in Bochnia, Poland (d. 1998)
  • Oct 26 Francisco Solano López, Argentine comic artist, born in Buenos Aires (d. 2011)
  • Oct 27 Stefan Wewerka, German architect and sculptor, born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 2013)
  • Oct 28 Ion Mihai Pacepa, Romanian three-star general in the Securitate, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Oct 30 Ernest Flatt, American choreographer (The Carol Burnett Show), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1995)
  • Oct 30 Michael Andrews, British painter, born in Norwich, England (d. 1995)
  • Oct 30 Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist (Nobel 1978 - discovery of restriction enzymes and their application in restriction mapping), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1999)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 13 Maria Feodorovna, Princess of Denmark and Empress of Russia, dies at 80
  • Oct 22 Andrew Fisher, 5th Prime Minister of Australia (1908-09, 1910-13, 1914-15), dies at 66
  • Oct 23 François Victor Alphonse Aulard, French historian, dies at 79