1928: On This Year


1928 (MCMXXVIII in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1928th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1928 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1928 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1928, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1928, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1928, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1928, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1928.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1928 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1928 known for ?

  • 1928 was a year filled with extraordinary achievements for mankind. In January, in a momentous scientific development, Frederick Griffith of England published a report that proved the existence of DNA. This discovery continues to yield abundant discoveries in science year after year.
  • In communication technology, John Baird of Scotland broadcast a transatlantic television signal from London to New York City on February 8, making the world a much more interconnected place. This paved the way for journalists to broadcast news developments around the world and for people to eventually see entertainment programming from foreign countries. Later this year, in July, Baird would go on to put on a demonstration of the world’s first color television transmission.
  • This was also a major year for the aeronautics field. In March, American aviator Charles Lindbergh was formally honored for his famous transatlantic flight by being presented with the Medal of Honor. In June of this year, aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to make a transatlantic flight, although she did make this flight as a passenger – not a pilot.
  • There were also some important developments on the international political stage. In January, a major internal rift in Soviet political circles reared its head when Leon Trotsky was exiled from Soviet territory. Trotsky was a major Marxist theorist, politician, and a founder of the Red Army. He was also a major rival to Joseph Stalin and was exiled for his opposition efforts.
  • A historic treaty was also signed this year – the Kellogg-Briand Pact. This was the first international agreement to make wars of aggression unlawful under international law. While this treaty would not, of course, actually achieve its ends, it is still noteworthy in that it was a significant step in international peace-building efforts. Conflicts were to be resolved through diplomacy first, which brought signatories closer to putting into practice traditional Western notions of “just war theory.”

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1928: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 1928, during the 1st Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 16/05/1929 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 5 categories honoring the films released in 1928:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1928?

The Oscar for Best Movie went to Wings, directed by William A. Wellman, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast, starring Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1928?

Seventh Heaven (Dramatic Picture) 
Two Arabian Knights (Comedy Picture)
The Oscar for Best Director went to Lewis Milestone, for the movie Seventh Heaven (Dramatic Picture) Two Arabian Knights (Comedy Picture) , starring produced in the .

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1928?

7th Heaven,
Street Angel, and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
The Oscar for Best Actress went to Janet Gaynor, for the movie 7th Heaven, Street Angel, and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, starring produced in the .

Who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1928?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to , for the movie , starring produced in the .

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1928?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to , for the movie , starring produced in the .
world population

1928: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

Walter Chrysler
In 1928, Walter Chrysler was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. In 1928, Chrysler oversaw a merger of his Chrysler Corporation with Dodge before beginning work on the Chrysler Building.
Dragon chinese zodiac sign

1928: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1928?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1928 was the Year of the Dragon.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Dragon sign.

Nobel Prize

1928: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

1928: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1928 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Owen Willans Richardson

1928: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1928 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Charles Nicolle

1928: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1928 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus

1928: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1928 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Sigrid Undset
world population

1928: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1928 were Robert, John and James for boys and Mary, Betty and Dorothy for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1928: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1928 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Robert
  • John
  • James
  • William
  • Charles
  • Richard
  • Donald
  • George
  • Joseph
  • Edward

1928: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1928 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Mary
  • Betty
  • Dorothy
  • Helen
  • Margaret
  • Ruth
  • Doris
  • Barbara
  • Virginia
  • Shirley

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1928: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1928, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was A Gay Caballero by Frank Crumit

1928: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1928 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. A Gay Caballero by Frank Crumit
  2. You're the Cream in My Coffee by Ted Weems & His Orchestra

1928: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1928 were:

The Passion of Joan of Arc

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Release year: 1928

Directed by: Carl Theodor Dreyer

Starring: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz

Country: United States of America

Show People

Show People

Release year: 1928

Directed by: King Vidor

Starring: Marion Davies, William Haines, Dell Henderson, Paul Ralli

Country: United States of America

The Patsy

The Patsy

Release year: 1928

Directed by: King Vidor

Starring: Marion Davies, Orville Caldwell, Marie Dressler, Lawrence Gray

Country: United States of America

The Smart Set

The Smart Set

Release year: 1928

Directed by: Jack Conway

Starring: William Haines, Jack Holt, Alice Day, Hobart Bosworth

Beggars of Life

Beggars of Life

Release year: 1928

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Blue Washington

Country: United States of America


What happened in 1928?

Here's what happened in 1928:

  • Jan 1, 1928: Algemeene Vereeniging Radio Omroep (AVRO) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6, 1928: Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Mortalium animos
  • Jan 7, 1928: The moat at the Tower of London, previously drained in 1843 (and planted with grass), is completely refilled by a tidal wave.
  • Jan 10, 1928: Soviet Union orders exile of Leon Trotsky.
  • Jan 12, 1928: U.S. murderer Ruth Snyder is executed at Ossining.
  • Jan 17, 1928: The OGPU arrests Lev Trotsky in Moscow he assumes a status of passive resistance.
  • Jan 23, 1928: Abenteuer of brave Soldier Schwejk premieres in Berlin
  • Jan 26, 1928: The volcanic island Anak Krakatau appears.
  • Jan 28, 1928: Christopher Hornsrud is chosen Prime Minister of Norway at age 101.
  • Jan 30, 1928: Bradman scores 134 not out (225 mins, 13 fours) NSW vs. Vic
  • Jan 31, 1928: Scotch tape first marketed by 3-M Company.
  • Feb 7, 1928: 1st solo England to Australia flight takes off (Bert Hinkler)
  • Feb 8, 1928: Scottish inventor J Blaird demonstrates color-TV.
  • Feb 11, 1928: 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 12, 1928: Heavy hail kills 11 in England.
  • Feb 19, 1928: 2nd Winter Olympic games close at St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 20, 1928: A hung parliament is produced in Japan after the general election.
  • Feb 25, 1928: Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission.
  • Feb 28, 1928: C.V. Raman discovers Raman effect.
  • Mar 4, 1928: Bunion Run race from LA to NYC begins
  • Mar 11, 1928: Netherlands and Belgium tie 1-1
  • Mar 12, 1928: In California, the St. Francis Dam fails; the resulting floods kill over 600 people.
  • Mar 13, 1928: 450 die in St. Francisquito Valley Dam burst
  • Mar 15, 1928: March 15 incident: Japanese government crackdown on socialists and communists.
  • Mar 19, 1928: Amos and Andy debuts on radio (NBC Blue Network-WMAQ Chicago).
  • Mar 21, 1928: Charles Lindbergh is presented the US Congressional Medal of Honor for his first trans-Atlantic flight.
  • Mar 26, 1928: The China Academy of Art is founded in Hangzhou, Republic of China (first named the National Academy of Art).
  • Mar 27, 1928: KGB-AM in San Diego CA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 29, 1928: Yeshiva College chartered (New York City, New York).
  • Apr 9, 1928: Top-Oss soccer team forms in Oss
  • Apr 10, 1928: quotPineapple Primaryquot: The U.S. Republican Party primary elections in Chicago are preceded by assassinations and bombings.
  • Apr 12, 1928: Assassination attempt on King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy.
  • Apr 13, 1928: First trans-atlantic flight, Europe-US (Fitzmaurice-von Hnnefeld-K�hl).
  • Apr 14, 1928: Maddus Airlines starts first regular passenger flights between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
  • Apr 19, 1928: Japanese troops occupies Sjantung-schiereiland
  • Apr 22, 1928: An earthquake destroys 200,000 buildings in Corinth.
  • Apr 24, 1928: Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented.
  • Apr 25, 1928: Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes first guide dog for the blind.
  • Apr 26, 1928: Los Angeles City Hall dedicated.
  • Apr 28, 1928: 28ampnbspinches of snow fall in southern-central Pennsylvania.
  • Apr 30, 1928: Cherkess Autonomous Region is established in RSFSR (until 1957).
  • May 1, 1928: Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter
  • May 2, 1928: KPQ-AM in Wenatchee WA begins radio transmissions
  • May 3, 1928: Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.
  • May 7, 1928: Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for
  • May 10, 1928: WGY, Schenectady begins regular TV programming
  • May 11, 1928: 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
  • May 12, 1928: Opium laws enforced
  • May 14, 1928: John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab and suffers a broken leg
  • May 15, 1928: Mickey Mouse premiered in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy
  • May 17, 1928: 9th modern Olympic games opens in Amsterdam
  • May 19, 1928: Explosion in coal mine in Mather, Pennsylvania, 195 die
  • May 22, 1928: US Congress accepts Jones-White Merchant Naval Act.
  • May 23, 1928: Bomb attack on Italian embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina; 22 die.
  • May 24, 1928: Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole again
  • May 25, 1928: Amelia Earhart (as a passenger) is 1st woman to fly Atlantic Ocean
  • May 28, 1928: Dodge Brothers Inc and Chrysler Corp merged
  • May 29, 1928: Fritz von Opel reaches 200 kph in experimental rocket car.
  • May 30, 1928: A rescue expedition leaves for the North Pole.
  • May 31, 1928: First aerial cross of the Pacific takes off from Oakland, California.
  • Jun 2, 1928: Velveeta Cheese created by Kraft
  • Jun 3, 1928: The American serial killer Albert Fish kidnaps and kills 10-year-old Grace Budd.
  • Jun 4, 1928: The President of the Republic of China, Zhang Zuolin, is assassinated by Japanese agents.
  • Jun 8, 1928: First US-to-Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford).
  • Jun 9, 1928: 60th Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Vito wins in 2:33.2
  • Jun 11, 1928: A medical doctors' strike begins in Vienna.
  • Jun 12, 1928: New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hits 2 triples and 2 HRs to be White Sox 15-7
  • Jun 14, 1928: Republican National Convention in Kansas City nominates Herbert Hoover for US President.
  • Jun 15, 1928: Ty Cobb, 41, steals home for 50th and final time
  • Jun 17, 1928: Amelia Earhart leaves Nfld to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic
  • Jun 18, 1928: Amelia Earhart becomes 1st female to fly across Atlantic Ocean
  • Jun 20, 1928: Puniša Račić shoots 3 opposition representatives in the Yugoslavian Parliament, and injures 3 others.
  • Jun 24, 1928: 32nd US Golf Open: Johnny Farrell shoots a 294 at Olympia Fields - Illinois
  • Jun 25, 1928: New York Giants' Fred Lindstrom ties record of 9 hits in a doubleheader.
  • Jun 28, 1928: Friedrich Schmiedl attempted rocket mail in Austria
  • Jun 29, 1928: The Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge in Staten Island, New York are both opened.
  • Jun 30, 1928: Radio Service Bulletin lists radio stations call signs that are to be changed to conform with international standards
  • Jul 2, 1928: British parliament accept female sufferage
  • Jul 3, 1928: 1st color TV broadcast in London
  • Jul 6, 1928: World's largest hailstones 1.5 pounds (17 inch diameter) fall in Potter, Nebraska, USA.
  • Jul 7, 1928: 41st Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats L de Alvarez
  • Jul 10, 1928: Senator Milt Gaston hurls record tying 14-hit shutout
  • Jul 12, 1928: 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.
  • Jul 17, 1928: José de León Toral assassinates Álvaro Obregón, president of Mexico.
  • Jul 19, 1928: King Fuad of Egypt grabs power / disbands parliament
  • Jul 20, 1928: 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 21, 1928: 1st woman to win an olympic gold medal - Halina Knonpacka of Poland
  • Jul 25, 1928: The United States recalls its troops from China.
  • Jul 26, 1928: Gene Tunney TKOs Tom Heeney in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jul 27, 1928: AVRO, General Vereniging Radio Omroep, forms
  • Jul 28, 1928: 9th Olympic Games open in Amsterdam
  • Jul 29, 1928: Cleveland Indians score 17 in 1st 2 inns to beat Yanks 24-6 at Dunn Field they also set a record with 24 singles in 1 game
  • Jul 30, 1928: George Eastman shows 1st color motion pictures
  • Aug 1, 1928: Babe Ruth hits HR # 42 and is 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace
  • Aug 2, 1928: Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia
  • Aug 3, 1928: Ray Barbuti saves US team from defeat in Amsterdam Olympics track events by winning 400m (47.8 seconds).
  • Aug 11, 1928: Georges Ronsse becomes world champion cyclists
  • Aug 12, 1928: 9th Olympic Games close in Amsterdam
  • Aug 13, 1928: Soviet Union's Spartacan Games begin.
  • Aug 21, 1928: WRNY began regularly scheduled television broadcasts in New York City.
  • Aug 22, 1928: Alfred E. Smith accepts the Democratic presidential nomination, with ''WGY/W2XB'' simulcasting the event on radio and television.
  • Aug 25, 1928: Tri-City Rugby Football Union forms consisting of Moose Jaw, Regina andWinnipeg
  • Aug 26, 1928: May Donoghue finds the remains of a snail in her gingerbeer, launching Donoghue v. Stevenson.
  • Aug 27, 1928: 42nd US Womens Tennis: Helen W Moody beats Helen Hull Jacobs
  • Aug 29, 1928: The Club Deportivo Motagua of Honduras is founded.
  • Aug 30, 1928: Jawaharlal Nehru requests independence of India
  • Aug 31, 1928: Brecht and Weils Dreigroschenoper premieres
  • Sep 1, 1928: Albania becomes a kingdom, with Zogu I as King
  • Sep 3, 1928: Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb got his 4,191th and final career hit
  • Sep 6, 1928: USSR signs Briand-Kellogg-pact
  • Sep 11, 1928: Ty Cobb last hitting appearance, pops out against Yankees
  • Sep 13, 1928: KOH-AM in Reno NV begins radio transmissions
  • Sep 15, 1928: 400 kg Fournier-albums (forged postage stamps) burn in Geneva
  • Sep 16, 1928: Hurricane hits West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee Florida; 3,000 die
  • Sep 17, 1928: 48th US Mens Tennis: Henri Cochet beats F T Hunter
  • Sep 18, 1928: Cards beat Phillies for 20th of 22 games in 1928
  • Sep 21, 1928: My Weekly Reader magazine made its debut
  • Sep 25, 1928: Paul Galvin and his brother Joseph incorporate the Galvin Manufacturing Corporation (now known as ''Motorola'').
  • Sep 27, 1928: US recognizes Nationalist Chinese government.
  • Sep 28, 1928: Prussia forbids speech from Adolf Hitler
  • Sep 29, 1928: Cardinals win NL pennant with a 3-1 win at Boston
  • Sep 30, 1928: Le Sifflet publishes 1st precursor of Kuifje
  • Oct 1, 1928: Paavo Nurmi runs world record 15m (46:49.6)
  • Oct 2, 1928: The ''Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God'', commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaria Escriva.
  • Oct 3, 1928: French sun Ondine sinks returning to Toulon, drowning 42
  • Oct 4, 1928: 25th World Series begins, New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals
  • Oct 6, 1928: 11th PGA Championship: Leo Diegel at Five Farms Country Club - Baltimore
  • Oct 7, 1928: Race Tafari Makonnen crowned King of Abyssinia
  • Oct 8, 1928: Eastern Soccer League forms in US.
  • Oct 9, 1928: New York Yankees sweep Saint Louis Cardinals in 25th World Series; Babe Ruth hits three home run in game - New York Yankees become first to sweep consecutive World Series.
  • Oct 12, 1928: An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Oct 15, 1928: German dirigible Graf Zeppelin lands in Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • Oct 16, 1928: Mickey Cochrane wins AL MVP honors, edging Heinie Manush by 2 points
  • Oct 19, 1928: William Edward Hickman is executed at San Quentin prison for the 1927 murder of Marion Parker.
  • Oct 22, 1928: China expels all Russian instructors and civil servants
  • Oct 26, 1928: International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (ICRM) formally established with the adoption of “Statutes of the International Red Cross”
  • Oct 28, 1928: Bradman scores 131 NSW vs. Queensland, 212 mins, 14 fours
  • Nov 1, 1928: Graf Zeppelin sets airship distance record of 6384 km
  • Nov 3, 1928: Turkey switches from Arabic to Roman alphabet.
  • Nov 4, 1928: Jose Moncada elected President of Nicaragua
  • Nov 6, 1928: Clevelanders vote to build a stadium with city bonds
  • Nov 7, 1928: Herbert Hoover (R) elected President
  • Nov 10, 1928: Hirohito ascended throne as Emperor of Japan
  • Nov 11, 1928: KXO-AM in El Centro CA begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 12, 1928: British steamer Vestris capsizes and sinks off Virginia, USA, kills 110.
  • Nov 17, 1928: Boston Garden officially opens
  • Nov 18, 1928: Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is also considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey's birthday.
  • Nov 19, 1928: 1st issue of Time magazine, Japanese Emperor Hirohito on cover
  • Nov 20, 1928: Boston Gardens opens, Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0
  • Nov 22, 1928: Bolero by Maurice Ravel, 1st performed publicly
  • Dec 1, 1928: CFL Grey Cup: Ham Tigers beats Regina, 30-0 at Hamilton
  • Dec 2, 1928: Cardinals 1B Jim Bottomley is voted NL MVP
  • Dec 3, 1928: In Rio de Janeiro, a seaplane sent to greet Alberto Santos-Dumont crashes near Cap Arcona, killing all on board.
  • Dec 5, 1928: MW Miklas elected President of Austria.
  • Dec 6, 1928: The government of Colombia sends military forces to suppress a month-long strike by United Fruit Company workers, resulting in an unknown number of deaths.
  • Dec 11, 1928: NL President John Heydler proposes designated hitter for pitchers
  • Dec 12, 1928: Nichols / Brownes Wings over Europe, premieres in New York City
  • Dec 13, 1928: Clip-on tie designed
  • Dec 19, 1928: First autogiro (predecessor of helicopter) flight in US.
  • Dec 20, 1928: Ethel Barrymore Theater opens at 243 W 47th St, New York City
  • Dec 21, 1928: The U.S. Congress approves the construction of Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam.
  • Dec 23, 1928: NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network.
  • Dec 24, 1928: George Abbott Theater (Adelphi, 54 St) opens at 152 W 54th St, New York City
  • Dec 25, 1928: New South Wales (versus Victoria) go from 8-74 to 9-113 to be 9-367 at stumps.
  • Dec 26, 1928: Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming.
  • Dec 28, 1928: Last recording of Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues, made
  • Jan 7, 1928: A disastrous flood of the River Thames kills 14 people and causes extensive damage to much of riverside London.


What does the year 1928 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1928 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 29th year of the 20th century and the 8th year of the 1920s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1927 and precedes 1929.

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