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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1928 AD


January 1: 1st U.S. air-conditioned office building opens, San Antonio
January 1: Algemeene Vereeniging Radio Omroep (AVRO) begins broadcasting (Netherlands)
January 6: Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Mortalium animos (against oecumene)
January 9: Eugene O'Neill's "Marco Millions," premieres in New York City
January 10: G/I Gershwin/Romberg/Wodehouse's musical "Rosalie," premieres in New York City
January 10: Soviet Union orders exile of Leon Trotsky
January 12: Philip Barry and Elmer Rice's "Cock Robin," premieres in New York City
January 17: 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented
January 23: "Abenteuer of brave Soldier Schwejk" premieres in Berlin
January 28: Christopher Hornsrud chosen Prime Minister of Norway at age 101
January 30: 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands and US
January 30: Bradman scores 134 not out (225 minutes, 13 fours) NSW vs. Vic
January 30: Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude," premieres in New York City
January 31: Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company


February 7: 1st solo England to Australia flight takes off (Bert Hinkler)
February 8: 1st transatlantic TV image received, Hartsdale, New York
February 8: Scottish inventor J. Blaird demonstrates color-TV
February 11: 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St. Moritz, Switzerland
February 19: 2nd Winter Olympic games close at St. Moritz, Switzerland
February 19: Canadian hockey team wins 3rd consecutive gold medal
February 22: 1st solo England to Australia flight lands (Bert Hinkler)


March 1: Paul Whiteman and orchestra record "Ol' Man River" for Victor Records
March 4: "Bunion Run" race from Los Angeles to New York City begins; It is won by Andy Payne
March 5: Karl Zuckmayer's "Der Hauptmann von Kopenick," premieres in Berlin
March 11: Netherlands and Belgium tie 1-1 (soccer match in Amsterdam)
March 13: 450 die in St. Francisquito Valley Dam burst (Calif)
March 13: Rudolph Friml's musical "Three Musketeers," premieres in New York City
March 15: Mussolini modifies Italy electoral system (abolishes right to choose)
March 19: "Amos and Andy" debuts on radio (NBC Blue Network-WMAQ Chicago)
March 22: Noel Coward's musical "This Year of Grace," premieres in London
March 27: KGB-AM in San Diego, California begins radio transmissions
March 27: U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
March 27: U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
March 29: Yeshiva College (now University) chartered (New York City)


April 1: Chiang Kai-shek's army crosses Yang-tse
April 7: 44-yr old New York Ranger General Manager Lester Patrick replaces his injured goaltender in a Stanley Cup game, and beats Montreal Maroons 2-1
April 9: Eugene O'Neill's "Lazarus Laughed," premieres in Pasadena
April 9: Mae West's New York City debut in a daring new play "Diamond Lil"
April 9: Top-Oss soccer team forms in Oss
April 9: Turkey passes separation of church and state
April 12: Assassination attempt on king Victor Emmanuel II of Italy
April 13: 1st trans atlantic flight Europe-U.S. (Fitzmaurice-von Hunefeld-Kohl)
April 14: Maddus Airlines starts 1st regular passenger flights between San Francisco and LA
April 14: Stanley Cup: New York Rangers beat Montreal Maroons, 3 games to 2
April 15: Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco forms
April 19: 32nd Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:37:07.8
April 19: Japanese troops occupies Sjantung-schiereiland
April 19: Yankees are out of 1st place for 1st time since May 1926
April 24: Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented
April 25: Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes 1st guide dog for the blind
April 26: Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opens in London
April 30: Cherkess Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1957)


May 1: 6 children die and 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 1: Rotterdam soccer team Black White '28 forms
May 2: KPQ-AM in Wenatchee WA begins radio transmissions
May 7: England lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21
May 7: Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for (Bridge of San Luis Rey)
May 10: WGY, Schenectady begins regular TV programming
May 11: 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
May 11: 54th Preakness: Raymond Sonny Workman aboard Victorian wins in 2:00.2
May 11: 63rd British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Royal St. George's
May 11: General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, New York)
May 12: Mussolini ends woman's rights in Italy
May 14: John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab and suffers a broken leg
May 15: Mickey Mouse made his 1st appearance
May 17: 9th modern Olympic games opens in Amsterdam
May 19: 51 frogs enter 1st annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" (Angel's Camp, Cal)
May 19: Explosion in coal mine in Mather, Pennsylvania, 195 die
May 19: "Firedamp" explodes in Mather Pennsylvania coal mine killing 195 of 273 miners
May 22: U.S. Congress accept Jones-White Merchant Naval Act
May 23: Bomb attack on Italians embassy in Buenos Aires, 22 die
May 24: Record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field, as Yankees beat A's 9-7
May 24: Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole again
May 26: A's commit 7 errors and lose to Yankees 7-4
May 28: Dodge Brothers Inc. and Chrysler Corp. merged
May 29: Fritz von Opel reaches 200 kph in experimental rocket car
May 31: 1st aerial cross of Pacific takes off from Oakland
May 31: Charlie Hallows scores his 1,000th run of Cricket season


June 2: Velveeta Cheese created by Kraft
June 8: 1st U.S. to Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford)
June 9: 60th Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Vito wins in 2:33.2
June 9: Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm are 1st to fly across the Pacific when they end their flight from California to Brisbane
June 11: Alfred Hitchcock's 1st film, "Case Of Jonathan Drew," is released
June 12: New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hits 2 triples and 2 home runs to be White Sox 15-7
June 14: Republican National Convention, met in KC, nominated Herbert Hoover
June 15: Ty Cobb, 41, steals home for 50th and final time
June 17: Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)
June 24: 32nd U.S. Golf Open: Johnny Farrell shoots a 294 at Olympia Fields Ill
June 25: New York Giant Fred Lindstrom ties record of 9 hits in a doubleheader
June 28: Alfred E. Smith (NY-Gov) nominated for president at Dem Convention
June 28: Friedrich Schmiedl attempted rocket mail in Austria (unsuccessful)
June 30: Radio Service Bulletin lists radio stations call signs that are to be changed to conform with international standards


July 2: British parliament accept female sufferage
July 3: 1st color TV broadcast in London (John Logic Baird)
July 6: 1st all-talking motion picture shown in New York (Lights of New York)
July 6: Worlds largest hailstone 1 lbs (17') falls in Potter Nebraska
July 7: 41st Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats L de Alvarez (62 63)
July 7: Edward Hamm of U.S., sets then long jump record at 25' 11"
July 8: Phillies set record of errorless 25 inning doubleheader
July 10: Senator Milt Gaston hurls record tying 14-hit shutout
July 12: 1st televised tennis match
July 19: King Fuad of Egypt grabs power/disbands parliament
July 21: 1st woman to win an olympic gold medal - Halina Knonpacka of Poland
July 26: Gene Tunney TKOs Tom Heeney in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
July 26: Yankees score 11 runs in 12th beating Tigers 12-1
July 27: AVRO, General Vereniging Radio Omroep, forms
July 28: 9th Olympic Games open in Amsterdam
July 29: Cleveland Indians score 17 in 1st 2 inns to beat Yankees 24-6 at Dunn Field they also set a record with 24 singles in 1 game
July 29: Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" is released
July 30: George Eastman shows 1st color motion pictures


August 1: Babe Ruth hits home run number 42 and is 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace
August 2: Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia, Ethiopia
August 3: Ray Barbuti saves U.S. team from defeat in Amsterdam Olympics track events by winning 400 m (47.8 sec)
August 11: Carl Hubbell's 1st major league victory is a 4-0 shutout of Phils
August 11: Georges Ronsse becomes world champion cyclists
August 12: 9th Olympic Games close in Amsterdam
August 13: Soviet Union Spartacan Games begins
August 14: Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's "Front Page," premieres in New York City
August 25: Tri-City Rugby Football Union forms consisting of Moose Jaw, Regina and Winnipeg
August 27: 16 die in a New York City subway's 2nd worst accident
August 27: 42nd U.S. Womens Tennis: Helen W Moody beats Helen Hull Jacobs (62 61)
August 27: Kellogg-Briand Pact, where 60 nations agree to outlaw war
August 30: Jawaharlal Nehru requests independence of India
August 31: Brecht and Weils "Dreigroschenoper" premieres


September 1: Albania becomes a kingdom, with Zogu I as king
September 3: Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb got his 4,191th and final career hit
September 6: U.S.S.R. signs Briand-Kellogg-pact
September 7: Sophie Treadwell's "Machinal," premieres in New York City
September 9: Silvio Cator of Haiti, sets then long jump record at 26' "
September 11: 1st TV drama-WGY's Queens Messenger
September 11: Ty Cobb last hitting appearance, pops out against Yankees
September 12: Hurricane in Florida, kills 6,000
September 12: Katharine Hepburn's New York stage debut in "Night Hostess"
September 13: KOH-AM in Reno NV begins radio transmissions
September 15: 400 kg Fournier-albums (forged postage stamps) burn in Geneva
September 15: Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin
September 15: Cards set NL record of 18 men left on base beating Phillies 8-6
September 15: Stothard, Kalmar and Ruby's musical "Good Boy," premieres in New York City
September 16: Hurricane hits West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee Florida; 3,000 die
September 17: 48th U.S. Mens Tennis: Henri Cochet beats F T Hunter (46 64 36 75 63)
September 17: Henri Cochet wins U.S. Tennis Open
September 17: Hurricane hits Lake Okeechobee Florida drowning 1,800-2500
September 17: Pitcher Ray Boggs hits 3 batters in 1 inning
September 18: Cards beat Phillies for 20th of 22 games in 1928
September 18: Juan de la Cierva makes 1st autogiro flight over English Channel
September 19: Mickey Mouse's screen debut (Steamboat Willie at Colony Theater New York City)
September 21: "My Weekly Reader" magazine made its debut
September 24: Cohan/Lardner's musical "Elmer the Great," premieres in New York City
September 27: U.S. recognizes Nationalist Chinese government
September 28: 1st recording session in Nashville (Warmack's Gully Jumpers)
September 28: New York Yankees clinch pennant #6
September 28: Prussia forbids speech from Adolf Hitler
September 28: U.S. acknowledge Chinese government of Chiang Kai-shek
September 28: Valentin Katayev's "Kvadratura Kruga," premieres in Moscow
September 29: Cardinals win NL pennant with a 3-1 win at Boston
September 29: New York Yankees (17) Tigers (28) set 9 inning hit record (45)-Tigers win 19-10
September 30: Le Sifflet publishes 1st precursor of Kuifje (Tintin)
September 30: Leon Vanderstuyft of Belgium cycles record 76 miles 604 yards in 1 hour


October 1: Leon Vanderstuyft of Belgium bicycled 76 miles 504 yards in 1 hour
October 1: Paavo Nurmi runs world record 15m (46:49.6)
October 1: U.S.S.R. launches its 1st 5 year plan
October 3: French sun "Ondine" sinks returning to Toulon, drowning 42
October 4: 25th World Series begins, New York Yankees vs St. Louis Cardinals
October 4: KPD begins petition against Germany building a battle fleet
October 6: 11th PGA Championship: Leo Diegel at Five Farms CC Baltimore
October 6: Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of China
October 6: Josip Broz (Tito) sentenced to 5 years in jail
October 7: Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10 miles (50:15.0)
October 7: Race Tafari Makonnen crowned king of Abyssinia
October 8: Cole Porter and E Ray Goetz' musical "Paris," premieres in New York City
October 8: Eastern Soccer League forms in U.S.
October 9: Marcel Pagnol's "Topaz," premieres in Paris
October 9: New York Yankees become 1st to sweep consecutive World Series
October 9: New York Yankees sweep Cards in 25th World Series, Ruth hits 3 home run in game
October 15: German dirigible "Graf Zeppelin" lands in Lakehurst, NJ
October 15: Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators
October 16: Mickey Cochrane wins AL MVP honors, edging Heinie Manush by 2 points
October 22: China expels all Russian instructors and civil servants
October 22: ESL Robinson's "Far-Off Hills," premieres in Dublin
October 22: President Hoover speaks of "American system of rugged individualism"
October 28: Bradman scores 131 NSW vs. Queensland, 212 minutes, 14 fours
October 28: Indonesian child laws enfoced in Bahasa Indonesia


November 1: 1st celebration of Author's Day
November 1: Bradman scores a century each innings (131 and 133*), NSW vs. Qld
November 1: Graf Zeppelin sets airship distance record of 6384 km
November 2: Dmitri Sjostakovitch's 1st Symphony, L Stokovski premieres in Philadelphia
November 3: Turkey switches from Arabic to Roman alphabet
November 4: Jose Moncada elected president of Nicaragua
November 6: Clevelanders vote to build a stadium with city bonds
November 6: Herbert Hoover (R) beats Alfred E. Smith (D) for president
November 6: Jacob Schick patents 1st electric razor
November 7: Herbert Hoover (R) elected president
November 8: George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Treasure Girl," premieres in New York City
November 10: Hirohito ascended throne as Emperor of Japan
November 11: France's 5th government of Poincare forms
November 11: KXO-AM in El Centro California begins radio transmissions
November 11: WGL-AM in Ft. Wayne IN begins radio transmissions
November 11: WMT-AM in Cedar Rapids IA begins radio transmissions
November 11: WOL-AM in Washington D.C. begins radio transmissions
November 12: British steamer "Vestris" capsizes and sinks off Virginia, kills 110
November 13: Bradman scores 132* for NSW against MCC
November 17: Boston Garden officially opens
November 17: Notre Dame finally lost a football game after nearly 25 years
November 18: Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse debuts in New York in "Steamboat Willie"
November 19: 1st issue of Time magazine, Japanese Emperor Hirohito on cover
November 20: Boston Gardens opens, Mont Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0
November 20: WGH-AM in Newport News Virginia begins radio transmissions
November 22: "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel, 1st performed publicly (Paris)
November 26: Paul Claudel's "Lepdrehumily," premieres in Dresden
November 26: Philip Barry's "Holiday," premieres in New York City
November 30: Test Cricket debut of Don Bradman, who scored 18 and 1 vs England


December 1: CFL Grey Cup: Ham Tigers beats Regina, 30-0 at Hamilton
December 1: Railroad museum opens in Utrecht, Netherlands
December 2: Cardinals 1B Jim Bottomley is voted NL MVP
December 4: Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee," premieres in New York City
December 5: England defeats Australia by record 675 runs at Brisbane
December 5: MW Miklas elected president of Austria
December 11: Buenos Aires police thwart an attempt on President-elect Herbert Hoover
December 11: NL President John Heydler proposes designated hitter for pitchers
December 12: Nichols/Brownes "Wings over Europe," premieres in New York City
December 13: Clip-on tie designed
December 13: George Gershwin's "An American In Paris" premieres (New York City)
December 14: 2nd Test Cricket Australia vs. England starts with Bradman 12th man
December 17: John McGraw backs NL President John Heydler's designated hitter idea
December 19: 1st autogiro (predecessor of helicopter) flight in US
December 20: 1st internationsl dogsled mail leaves Minot, Maine for Montreal, Que
December 20: Ethel Barrymore Theater opens at 243 W 47th St. New York City
December 23: NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network
December 24: George Abbott Theater (Adelphi, 54 St) opens at 152 W 54th St. New York City
December 25: Christmas Day attendance at cricket MCG (Vic vs. NSW) 14,887
December 25: NSW (v Vic) go from 8-74 to 9-113 to be 9-367 at stumps
December 26: Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming
December 26: World record 10th wicket stand 307 (Kippax / Hooker) NSW vs. Vic
December 28: Last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," made
December 28: Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of "West End blues"
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