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1928

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Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar.

1928 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 1928
MCMXXVIII
Ab urbe condita 2681
Armenian calendar 1377
ԹՎ ՌՅՀԷ
Bahá'í calendar 84 – 85
Berber calendar 2878
Buddhist calendar 2472
Burmese calendar 1290
Byzantine calendar 7436 – 7437
Chinese calendar 丁卯年十二月初九日
(4564/4624-12-9)
— to —
戊辰年十一月二十日
(4565/4625-11-20)
Coptic calendar 1644 – 1645
Ethiopian calendar 1920 – 1921
Hebrew calendar 5688 – 5689
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 1983 – 1984
 - Shaka Samvat 1850 – 1851
 - Kali Yuga 5029 – 5030
Holocene calendar 11928
Iranian calendar 1306 – 1307
Islamic calendar 1346 – 1347
Japanese calendar Shōwa 3
(昭和3年)
Korean calendar 4261
Thai solar calendar 2471

Events of 1928

January

  • 1 January - Estonia changes its currency from mark to kroon.
  • 6 January- 7 - River Thames floods in London - 14 drowned.
  • 7 January - Moat at the Tower of London, previously drained in 1843 (and planted with grass), is completely refilled by a tidal wave.
  • 12 January - U.S. murderer Ruth Snyder executed at Ossining.
  • 17 January - OGPU arrests Lev Trotsky in Moscow; he assumes a status of passive resistance.
  • 31 January - Trotsky is exiled to Alma Ata.

February

  • February - Kurume University (Japan) established
  • 11 February - II Olympic Winter Games open in St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 12 February - Heavy hail kills 11 in England
  • 20 February - Swung parliament produced in Japan after the general election.
  • 25 February - Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission.

March

April

  • 10 April - Pineapple Primary - Republican Party primary elections in Chicago preceded by assassinations and bombings
  • 12 April - Bomb attack against the Dictator of Italy in Milan - 17 bystanders dead
  • 12 April- 14 April - First ever east-west transatlantic flight ( Dublin , Ireland - Greenly , Canada
  • 22 April - Earthquake destroys Corinth - 200.000 buildings destroyed
  • The last section (wise - wyze) of the original Oxford English Dictionary completed and ready for publication (OED (1933, 1978 vol. 1, pp. xxv, xxvl)

May

  • 10 May - The first regular schedule of television programming begins in Schenectady, New York by the General Electric's television station W2XB (the station was popularly known as WGY Television; after its sister radio station, WGY).
  • 15 May
    • Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, commenced operations
    • Release of the animated short Plane Crazy, featuring the first appearances of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
  • 23 May - Bomb attack against Italian consulate in Buenos Aires - 22 dead, 41 injured
  • 24 May - Airship Italia crashes on the North Pole; one of the occupants is Italian general Umberto Nobile
  • 30 May - A rescue expedition leaves for the North Pole

June

  • 4 June - Zhang Zuolin, President of the Republic of China and warlord, is killed by Japanese agents during the Huanggutun Incident.
  • 8 June - By seizing Beijing and renaming it Běipíng, the NRA puts an end to the Fengtian warlords' Běiyáng government there.
  • 11 June - Medical doctor's strike begins in Vienna
  • 14 June - Students take over the medical wing of Rosario University in Argentina
  • 17 June - Aviator Amelia Earhart starts her attempt to become the first woman to successfully pilot an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean (she succeeded the next day).
  • 20 June - Shooting incident in Yugoslavian parliament - Puniša Račić shoots 3 opposition representatives and injures three others
  • 24 June - Swedish aeroplane rescues part of Italian North Pole expedition, including Umberto Nobile. Soviet icebreaker Krasin saves the rest 12 July
  • 28 June - The Great Gorge and International Railway switches to one-man crews for its trolleys in Canada.
  • 29 June - New York Governor Alfred E. Smith becomes the first Catholic nominated by a major political party for U.S. President, at the Democratic National Convention in Houston, Texas.

July

  • 2 July
    • Jenkins Laboratories' W3XK station begins broadcasting on 6.42  MHz using 48 lines.
    • The Representation of the People Act 1928 becomes law, extending the right to vote to all women in the United Kingdom.
  • 6 July - The world's largest hailstone falls in Potter, Nebraska.
  • 12 July - Mexican aviator Emilio Carranza dies in a solo plane crash in the New Jersey Pine Barrens while returning from a goodwill flight to New York City.
  • 17 July - José de León Toral assassinates Álvaro Obregón, president of Mexico.
  • 25 July - U.S.A. recalls its troops from China
  • 27 July - Tich Freeman becomes only bowler ever to take 200 first-class wickets before end of July.
  • 27 July - publication of The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall.
  • 28 July - Official opening ceremony of the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.

August

  • 16 August - Murderer Carl Panzram is arrested in Washington, D.C. after killing about 20 people.
  • 22 August - Alfred E. Smith accepts the Democratic presidential nomination, with WGY/W2XB simulcasting the event on radio and television.
  • 25 August - Ahmet Zogu proclaims himself King Zog I of Albania; he is crowned 1 September
  • 26 August - May Donoghue finds the remains of a snail in her gingerbeer, launching Donoghue v. Stevenson.
  • 27 August - The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris - it was the first treaty which outlawed aggressive war.
  • 29 August - Club Deportivo Motagua of Honduras is founded.

September

  • 1 September - Richard Byrd leaves New York for Arctic.
  • 3 September - Alexander Fleming discovers Penicillin.
  • 11 September - Kenmore's WMAK station starts broadcasting in Buffalo, New York.
  • 15 September - Tich Freeman sets all-time record for number of wickets taken in an English cricket season.
  • 16 September - The 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane kills at least 2,500 people in Florida.
  • 25 September - Motorola is founded.

October

  • 2 October - Saint Josemaria Escriva, founds Opus Dei
  • 7 October - Haile Selassie crowned king (not yet emperor) of Abyssinia
  • 12 October - An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston.
  • 19 October - William Edward Hickman is executed at San Quentin prison for the 1927 murder of Marion Parker.
  • 22 October - Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity is founded at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.

November

  • 4 November - At Park Central Hotel in Manhattan, Arnold Rothstein, New York City's most notorious gambler, is shot to death over a poker game.
  • 6 November
    • Swedes start a tradition of eating Gustavus Adolphus pastries to commemorate the old warrior king.
    • U.S. presidential election, 1928: Republican Herbert Hoover wins by a wide margin over Democrat Alfred E. Smith.
  • 10 November - Hirohito was enthroned as Emperor of Japan.
  • 17 November - The Boston Garden opens in Boston.
  • 18 November - Mickey Mouse appears in Steamboat Willie, the first sound cartoon.

December

  • 3 December - In Rio de Janeiro, a seaplane sent to greet Alberto Santos-Dumont crashed near Cap Arcona, killing all on board.
  • 5 December - Police disperses Sicilian gangs' meeting in Cleveland
  • 21 December - U.S. Congress approves the construction of The Boulder Dam, later renamed The Hoover Dam

Undated

  • Coca Cola enters Europe through the Amsterdam Olympics.
  • Eliot Ness begins to lead the prohibition unit in Chicago.
  • The old Canaanite city of Ugarit is rediscovered.
  • Turkey switches from the Arabic to the Latin-based modern Turkish alphabet.
  • Frederick Griffith conducts Griffith's experiment, indirectly proving existence of DNA.
  • First (and last) Best Title Writing Academy Award given.
  • The Episcopal Church in the United States of America ratifies a new revision of the Book of Common Prayer.
  • W2XBS, RCA's first television station, is established in New York City.
  • Australian farmer, Jack Trott, finds Rhizanthella gardneri in his garden.
  • The first patent for the transistor principle was registered in Germany to Julius Edgar Lilienfeld.

Births

January-February

  • 2 January - Robert Goralski - American journalist (d. 1988)
  • 2 January - Daisaku Ikeda - Japanese religious leader
  • 5 January - Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, President of Pakistan and Prime Minister of Pakistan (d. 1979)
  • 5 January - Walter Mondale, U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate
  • 6 January - George H. Ross, American businessman
  • 7 January - William Peter Blatty, American writer
  • 10 January - Philip Levine, American poet
  • 11 January - David L. Wolper, American television producer
  • 15 January - Joanne Linville, American actress
  • 16 January - William Kennedy, American author
  • 17 January - Jean Barraqué, French composer (d. 1973)
  • 17 January - Vidal Sassoon, English hairdresser
  • 22 January - Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historians (d. 2004)
  • 23 January - Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan Major League Baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 23 January - Jeanne Moreau, French actress
  • 24 January - Michel Serrault, French actor (d. 2007)
  • 24 January - Desmond Morris, English anthropologist and writer
  • 26 January - Roger Vadim, French film director (d. 2000)
  • 27 January - Hans Modrow, East German Premier
  • 30 January - Hal Prince, American stage producer and director
  • 5 February - Andrew Greeley, American Catholic priest and novelist
  • 9 February - Frank Frazetta, American illustrator
  • 9 February - Roger Mudd, American journalist
  • 22 February - Bruce Forsyth, English entertainer
  • 23 February - Vasili Lazarev, cosmonaut (d. 1990)
  • 23 February - Ralph Earnhardt, American race car driver (d. 1973)
  • 26 February - Fats Domino, American musician
  • 26 February - Anatoli Filipchenko, cosmonaut
  • 27 February - Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel

March-April

  • 4 March - Samuel Adler, American composer
  • 4 March - Alan Sillitoe, English writer
  • 8 March - Gerald Bull, Canadian engineer (d. 1990)
  • 10 March - James Earl Ray, American assassin (d. 1998)
  • 12 March
    • Edward Albee, American dramatist
    • Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan musician (d. 2007)
  • 16 March - Christa Ludwig, German mezzo-soprano
  • 19 March - Hans Küng, Swiss theologian
  • 19 March - Patrick McGoohan, Irish actor
  • 20 March - Fred Rogers, American children's television host (d. 2003)
  • 24 March - Byron Janis, American pianist
  • 25 March - Jim Lovell, astronaut
  • 28 March - Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish-born U.S. National Security Advisor
  • 31 March
    • Gordie Howe, Canadian hockey player
    • Lefty Frizzell, American country music performer
  • 1 April
    • Jane Powell, American dancer, actress, and singer
    • George Grizzard, American actor (d. 2007)
  • 2 April - Serge Gainsbourg, French singer (d. 1991)
  • 4 April - Maya Angelou, American poet and novelist
  • 6 April - James D. Watson, American geneticist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 7 April
    • James Garner, American actor
    • Alan J. Pakula, American producer and director (d. 1998)
    • James White, Irish writer (d. 1999)
  • 8 April - Eric Porter, English actor (d. 1995)
  • 9 April - Tom Lehrer, American songwriter
  • 12 April - Jean-François Paillard, French conductor
  • 19 April - Alexis Korner, British musician (d. 1984)
    • Sultan Azlan Muhibbudin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Yusuff Izzudin Shah Ghafarullahu-lahu, King of Malaysia
  • 23 April - Shirley Temple, American actress and politician

May-June

  • 1 May - Desmond Titterington, Irish race car driver (d. 2002)
  • 3 May - Dave Dudley, American singer (d. 2003)
  • 4 May - Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter (d. 2006)
  • 4 May - Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt
  • 8 May - Theodore Sorenson, American lawyer and speechwriter
  • 8 May - Gregory Scarpa Sr., American mobster
  • 9 May - Colin Chapman, English automotive engineer (d. 1982)
  • 9 May - Pancho Gonzalez, American tennis player (d. 1995)
  • 9 May - Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater
  • 12 May - Burt Bacharach, American composer
  • 13 May - Jim Shoulders, American rodeo cowboy
  • 16 May - Billy Martin, baseball player and manager (d. 1989)
  • 18 May - Pernell Roberts, American actor
  • 23 May - Jeannie Carson, English actress and comedian
  • 23 May - Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (d. 2002)
  • 24 May - Adrian Frutiger, Swiss typeface designer and cutter
  • 26 May - Jack Kevorkian, American physician
  • 1 June - Georgi Dobrovolski, cosmonaut (d. 1971)
  • 1 June - Bob Monkhouse, English comedian and game show host (d. 2003)
  • 10 June - Maurice Bernard Sendak, American children's author/illustrator
  • 12 June - Richard M. Sherman, American songwriter
  • 13 June - John Forbes Nash, Jr., American mathematician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics
  • 14 June - Ernesto Rafael Guevara de la Serna, Argentine-born revolutionary (d. 1967)
  • 19 June - Nancy Marchand, American actress (d. 2000)
  • 25 June - Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, Russian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 26 June - Jacob Druckman, American composer (d. 1996)
  • 26 June - Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japanese inventor
  • 28 June - Harold Evans, British newspaper editor

July-August

  • 5 July - Warren Oates, American actor (d. 1982)
  • 10 July - Moshe Greenberg, America Bible scholar
  • 11 July - Bobo Olson, American boxer (d. 2002)
  • 12 July - Elias James Corey, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 13 July - Leroy Vinnegar, American musician (d. 1999)
  • 16 July - Robert Sheckley, American writer
  • 25 July - Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (d. 2005)
  • 25 July - Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (d. 1988)
  • 26 July - Stanley Kubrick, American film director (d. 1999)
  • 26 July - Bernice Rubens, British novelist (d. 2004)
  • 30 July - Joe Nuxhall, baseball player (d. 2007)
  • 5 August - Bogdan Maglich, physicist
  • 6 August - Andy Warhol, American artist (d. 1987)
  • 7 August - James Randi, Canadian magician
  • 9 August - Bob Cousy, American basketball player
  • 10 August - Eddie Fisher, American singer
  • 12 August - Bob Buhl, baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 15 August - Nicolas Roeg, English film director
  • 18 August - Marge Schott, baseball team owner (d. 2004)
  • 22 August - Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer (d. 2007)
  • 25 August - Herbert Kroemer, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 26 August - Zdeněk Veselovský, Czech zoologist (d. 2006)
  • 31 August - Jaime Cardinal Sin, Filipino Catholic cardinal (d. 2005)
  • 31 August - James Coburn, American actor (d. 2002)

September-October

  • 3 September - Gaston Thorn, Luxembourger politician and Prime Minister (d. 2007)
  • 6 September - Robert M. Pirsig, American philosopher and author
  • 11 September - William Kienzle, American author (d. 2001)
  • 12 September - M. V. Rajasekharan,Indian, Member of Rajya Sabha
  • 15 September - Julian Cannonball Adderley, American saxophonist (d. 1975)
  • 19 September - Adam West, American actor (famous for playing Batman)
  • 20 September - Donald Hall, American poet and US Poet Laureate
  • 22 September - James Lawson, American civil rights activist and minister
  • 30 September - Elie Wiesel, Romanian Holocaust survivor, writer, and lecturer, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1 October - George Peppard, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 7 October - Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (d. 1980)
  • 8 October - Bill Maynard, British actor
  • 9 October - Einojuhani Rautavaara, Finnish composer
  • 15 October - Paul Giambarba, American graphic designer
  • 30 October - Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1999)

November-December

  • 3 November - Osamu Tezuka, Japanese artist (d. 1989)
  • 3 November - George Yardley, American basketball player (d. 2004)
  • 9 November - Anne Sexton, American poet (d. 1974)
  • 10 November - Ennio Morricone, Italian composer
  • 11 November - Carlos Fuentes, Mexican writer
  • 17 November - Rance Howard, American actor
  • 18 November - Inge Bandekow, wife of German industrialist Harald Quandt
  • 18 November - Otar Gordeli, Georgian composer
  • 22 November - Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (d. 2008)
  • 29 November - Paul Simon, U.S. Senator from Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 30 November - Joe B. Hall, American basketball coach
  • 1 December - Emily McLaughlin, American actress (d. 1992)
  • 7 December - Noam Chomsky, American linguist
  • 15 December - Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian artist (d. 2000)
  • 16 December - Philip K. Dick, American author (d. 1982)
  • 25 December - Dick Miller, American actor
  • 30 December - Bo Diddley, American musician (d. 2008)
  • 31 December - Siné, French cartoonist

Unknown date

  • Norman Carlberg, American sculptor

Deaths

January - June

  • 1 January - Loie Fuller, American dancer (b. 1862)
  • 6 January - Alvin Kraenzlein, American athlete (b. 1876)
  • 11 January - Thomas Hardy, English writer (b. 1840)
  • 21 January - Nikolai Astrup, Norwegian painter (b.1880)
  • 29 January - Douglas Haig, British soldier (b. 1861)
  • 30 January - Johannes Andreas Grib Fibiger, Danish scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1867)
  • 1 February - Hughie Jennings, baseball player (b. 1869)
  • 4 February - Hendrik Lorentz, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1853)
  • 15 February - Herbert Henry Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1852)
  • 16 February - Eddie Foy, American vaudevillian (b. 1856)
  • 7 March - Robert Abbe - American surgeon (b. 1851)
  • 2 April - Theodore William Richards, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1868)
  • 5 April - Roy Kilner, English cricketer (b. 1890)
  • 19 April - Dorus Rijkers, famous Dutch sailor and savior of over 500 men, women and children (b. 1847)
  • 19 May - Max Scheler, German philosopher (b. 1874)
  • 22 May - Francisco López Merino, Argentine poet (b. 1704)
  • 4 June
  • 16 June - Mark Keppel, Superintendent of Los Angeles County Schools (b. 1867)
  • 22 June - A. B. Frost, American illustrator (b. 1851)

July - December

  • 17 July - Álvaro Obregón, President of Mexico (assassinated) (b. 1880)
  • 8 August - Stjepan Radić, Croatian politician (b. 1871)
  • 12 August - Leoš Janáček, Czech composer (b. 1854)
  • 30 August - Wilhelm Wien, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1864)
  • 13 October - Dagmar of Denmark, later Maria Fyodorovna, wife of Tsar Alexander III and Empress Consort of Russia (b. 1847)
  • 22 October - Andrew Fisher, fifth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1862)
  • 31 October - John William Wood Sr., North Carolinian politician, founder of Benson, North Carolina (b. 1855)
  • 1 December - José Eustasio Rivera, Colombian writer (b. 1888)
  • 10 December - Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect (b. 1868)
  • 17 December - Eglantyne Jebb - English co-founder of Save the Children, and champion of children's human rights (b. 1876)

Nobel prizes

  • Physics - Owen Willans Richardson
  • Chemistry - Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus
  • Physiology or Medicine - Charles Jules Henri Nicolle
  • Literature - Sigrid Undset
  • Peace - not awarded

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