Events in History in 1928

  • Jan 1 1st US air-conditioned office building opens, San Antonio
  • Jan 1 Algemeene Vereeniging Radio Omroep (AVRO) begins broadcasting (Neth)
  • Jan 6 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Mortalium animos (against oecumene)
  • Jan 9 Eugene O'Neill's "Marco Millions" premieres in NYC

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Jan 10 Soviet Union orders exile of Leon Trotsky

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Jan 12 Philip Barry & Elmer Rice's "Cock Robin" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 17 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented
  • Jan 23 "The Adventure of the Good Soldier Schweik" premieres in Berlin
  • Jan 28 Christopher Hornsrud chosen PM of Norway
  • Jan 30 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands & US
  • Jan 30 Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 31 Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company

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Feb 3 Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black reports his findings on the ancient human fossils found at Zhoukoudian, China in the journal Nature and declares them to be a new species he names 'Sinanthropus pekinensis' (now known as 'Homo erectus')

Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black
Paleoanthropologist
Davidson Black
  • Feb 7 1st solo England to Australia flight takes off (Bert Hinkler)
  • Feb 8 1st transatlantic TV image received, Hartsdale, NY
  • Feb 19 Canadian hockey team wins 3rd consecutive gold medal
  • Feb 22 1st solo England to Australia flight lands (Bert Hinkler)
  • Mar 4 "Bunion Run" race from LA to NYC begins; It is won by Andy Payne
  • Mar 5 Karl Zuckmayer's "Der Hauptmann von Köpenick" premieres in Berlin
  • Mar 10 Christine Collins' son, Walter Collins, disappears in Los Angeles
  • Mar 12 In California, the St. Francis Dam fails, killing over 600 people

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Mar 15 Benito Mussolini modifies Italy electoral system (abolishes right to choose)

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Mar 27 KGB-AM in San Diego CA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 27 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Mar 27 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
  • Mar 29 Yeshiva College (now University) chartered (NYC)

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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 (SF) forms
  • Apr 19 Japanese troops occupies Sjantung-schiereiland
  • Apr 19 Yanks are out of 1st place for 1st time since May 1926
  • 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
  • Apr 26 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opens in London
  • Apr 30 Cherkess Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1957)
  • May 1 6 children die & 10 injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania
  • May 1 Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter
  • May 1 Lei Day begun (a Hawaiian celebration)
  • May 1 Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service
  • May 2 KPQ-AM in Wenatchee WA begins radio transmissions
  • May 3 Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.
  • May 7 The United Kingdom lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for "Bridge of San Luis Rey"
  • May 11 General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, NY)
  • May 12 Benito Mussolini ends women's rights in Italy
  • May 12 Second Opium Law introduced - international law to control drugs
  • May 14 John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab & suffers a broken leg

  • May 19 "Firedamp" explodes in Mather Pa coal mine killing 195 of 273 miners
  • May 19 51 frogs enter 1st annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" (Angel's Camp, Cal)
  • May 22 US Congress accept Jones-White Merchant Naval Act
  • May 23 Bomb attack on Italian embassy in Buenos Aires, 22 die
  • May 24 Record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field, as Yanks beat A's 9-7
  • May 24 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole again
  • May 26 A's commit 7 errors & lose to Yanks 7-4

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May 28 Dodge Brothers Inc and Chrysler Corporation merge

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • May 29 Fritz von Opel reaches 200 kph in experimental rocket car
  • May 31 1st aerial crossing of Pacific takes off from Oakland
  • Jun 2 Kraft, building on the original 1918 design, rolls out Velveeta cheese
  • Jun 4 President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents.
  • Jun 8 1st US-to-Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford)
  • Jun 9 Charles Kingsford-Smith & Charles Ulm are 1st to fly across the Pacific when they end their flight from California to Brisbane

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jun 14 Republican National Convention, meeting in Kansas City, nominates Herbert Hoover for President

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover

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Jun 17 Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)

  • Jun 18 American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean landing at Burry Port, Wales
  • Jun 24 With declining business, the Great Gorge and International Railway begins using one-person crews on trolley operations in Canada
  • Jun 25 NY Giant Fred Lindstrom ties record of 9 hits in a doubleheader

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Jun 26 First meeting of the International Congresses of Modern Architects (CIAM) at Lake Leman, Switzerland organized by Le Corbusier

Architect and City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect and City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • Jun 28 Alfred E Smith (NY-Gov) nominated for US president at Democratic Convention
  • Jun 28 Friedrich Schmiedl attempted rocket mail in Austria (unsuccessful)
  • Jun 29 The Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge in Staten Island, New York both opened.
  • Jun 30 Radio Service Bulletin lists radio stations call signs that are to be changed to conform with international standards
  • Jul 2 British parliament reduces the age at women can vote to 21 - the same as men (Representation of the People Act 1928)
  • Jul 6 1st all-talking motion picture shown in NY (Lights of NY)
  • Jul 6 Worlds largest record hailstone 1.5 lbs (7 inchs in diameter) at the time falls in Potter, Nebraska

1stHistoric Invention

Jul 7 Sliced bread sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company, Missouri, using a machine invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder. Described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.

  • Jul 10 Senator Milt Gaston hurls record tying 14-hit shutout
  • Jul 19 King Fuad of Egypt siezes power and disbands parliament
  • Jul 20 The government of Hungary issues a decree ordering Gypsies to end their nomadic ways, settle permanently in one place, and subject themselves to the same laws and taxes as other Hungarians.
  • Jul 26 Yanks score 11 runs in 12th beating Tigers 12-1
  • Jul 27 AVRO, General Vereniging Radio Omroep, forms
  • Jul 27 Tich Freeman becomes only bowler ever to take 200 first-class wickets before end of July.

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

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

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Jul 30 George Eastman shows first amateur color motion pictures to guests at his New York house including Thomas Edison

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman
Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 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

AgreementTreaty of Interest

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

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg

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Aug 30 Jawaharlal Nehru requests independence of India

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Sep 1 Albania becomes a kingdom, with Zogu I as king
  • Sep 6 USSR signs Briand-Kellogg-pact
  • Sep 7 Sophie Treadwell's "Machinal" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 12 -17] Hurricane in Florida, kills 6,000
  • Sep 13 KOH-AM in Reno NV begins radio transmissions
  • Sep 15 400 kg Fournier-albums (forged postage stamps) burn in Geneva

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Sep 15 Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza

  • 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 18 Juan de la Cierva flies 1st helicopter above Channel
  • Sep 21 "My Weekly Reader" magazine made its debut
  • 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

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Sep 28 Prussia forbids speech from Adolf Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 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
  • 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

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Oct 1 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 15m (46:49.6)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 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
  • Oct 6 Josip Broz (Tito) sentenced to 5 years in jail
  • Oct 7 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10 miles (50:15.0)
  • Oct 7 Race Tafari Makonnen crowned king of Abyssinia
  • Oct 8 Joseph Szigeti debuted Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto.
  • Oct 9 Marcel Pagnol's "Topaz" premieres in Paris
  • Oct 10 Chiang Kai-shek becomes Director of the State Council of China
  • Oct 12 1st use of iron lung (Boston's Children Hospital)

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Oct 15 German dirigible "Graf Zeppelin" lands in Lakehurst, NJ

Inventor and Zeppelin Commander Hugo Eckener
Inventor and Zeppelin Commander
Hugo Eckener
  • Oct 16 Mickey Cochrane wins AL MVP honors, edging Heinie Manush by 2 points
  • Oct 22 China expels all Russian instructors & civil servants
  • Oct 22 ESL Robinson's "Far-Off Hills" premieres in Dublin
  • Oct 22 Herbert Hoover speaks of "American system of rugged individualism"
  • 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
  • Nov 1 1st celebration of Authors' Day
  • Nov 1 Graf Zeppelin sets airship distance record of 6384 km
  • Nov 3 Turkey switches from Arabic to Roman alphabet
  • Nov 4 Jose Moncada elected president of Nicaragua

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Nov 4 US gangster Arnold Rothstein is shot at a business meeting for reputedly refusing to pay gambling debts (dies 6th November)

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • Nov 6 Clevelanders vote to build a stadium with city bonds
  • Nov 6 Herbert Hoover (R) beats Alfred E Smith (D) for US President
  • Nov 6 Colonel Jacob Schick patents 1st electric razor
  • Nov 6 Swedes start a tradition of eating Gustavus Adolphus pastries to commemorate the king.

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Nov 10 Hirohito's official coronation as Emperor of Japan

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • Nov 11 France's 5th government of Poincaré forms
  • Nov 11 KXO-AM in El Centro CA begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 11 WGL-AM in Ft Wayne IN begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 11 WMT-AM in Cedar Rapids IA begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 11 WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 12 British steamer "Vestris" capsizes & sinks off Virginia, kills 110
  • Nov 17 Boston Garden officially opens
  • Nov 17 Notre Dame finally loses a football game at home after 23 years
  • Nov 20 WGH-AM in Newport News VA begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 22 "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel first performed publicly (Paris)
  • Nov 26 Philip Barry's play "Holiday" premieres in New York City

1stHistoric Invention

Nov 30 Vladimir K. Zworykin receives patent on Iconoscope TV system

  • Dec 1 Railroad museum opens in Utrecht Neth
  • Dec 2 Cardinals' 1B Jim Bottomley is voted NL MVP
  • Dec 5 England defeats Australia by record 675 runs at Brisbane
  • Dec 5 MW Miklas elected president of Austria
  • Dec 11 Buenos Aires police thwart an attempt on President-elect Herbert Hoover
  • Dec 12 Robert Nichols and Maurice Browne's play "Wings over Europe" premieres in New York City
  • Dec 13 Clip-on tie designed
  • Dec 13 George Gershwin's "An American In Paris" premieres (NYC)
  • Dec 17 John McGraw backs NL President John Heydler's designated hitter idea
  • Dec 19 1st autogyro flight in US
  • Dec 20 1st international dogsled mail leaves Minot, Maine for Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 20 Ethel Barrymore Theater opens at 243 W 47th St NYC
  • Dec 24 George Abbott Theater (Adelphi, 54 St) opens at 152 W 54th St NYC
  • Dec 25 NSW (v Vic) go from 8-74 to 9-113 to be 9-367 at stumps
  • Dec 26 World record 10th wicket stand 307 (Kippax / Hooker) NSW v Vic