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.”

Discover how the world looked like in 1928


Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 1st edition of the Oscar ceremony

Best picture




Directed by: William A. Wellman, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast

Starring: Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston

Country: United States of America

Best director

Lewis Milestone

Seventh Heaven (Dramatic Picture) 
Two Arabian Knights (Comedy Picture)

Seventh Heaven (Dramatic Picture) Two Arabian Knights (Comedy Picture)

Best actress

Janet Gaynor

7th Heaven,
Street Angel, and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

7th Heaven, Street Angel, and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Best supporting actor

Best supporting actress

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1928


  • Sigrid Undset


  • Owen Willans Richardson


  • Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus

Physiology or Medicine

  • Charles Nicolle
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits of 1928?

Top #1 songs in the USA


Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
Watch popular movies, TV series and live events, start your 30-day free trial

Show People

Show People

Directed by: King Vidor

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

Country: United States of America

The Patsy

The Patsy

Directed by: King Vidor

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

Country: United States of America

The Smart Set

The Smart Set

Directed by: Jack Conway

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

Beggars of Life

Beggars of Life

Directed by: William A. Wellman

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

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Fritz Lang

Starring: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Willy Fritsch, Lien Deyers

Country: United States of America

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1928 in the USA ?


Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1928?


  • 01 Jan Algemeene Vereeniging Radio Omroep (AVRO) begins broadcasting (Neth)
  • 06 Jan Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Mortalium animos (against oecumene)
  • 07 Jan The moat at the Tower of London, previously drained in 1843 (and planted with grass), is completely refilled by a tidal wave.
  • 10 Jan Soviet Union orders exile of Leon Trotsky.
  • 12 Jan U.S. murderer Ruth Snyder is executed at Ossining.
  • 17 Jan The OGPU arrests Lev Trotsky in Moscow he assumes a status of passive resistance.
  • 23 Jan Abenteuer of brave Soldier Schwejk premieres in Berlin
  • 26 Jan The volcanic island Anak Krakatau appears.
  • 28 Jan Christopher Hornsrud is chosen Prime Minister of Norway at age 101.
  • 30 Jan Bradman scores 134 not out (225 mins, 13 fours) NSW vs. Vic
  • 31 Jan Scotch tape first marketed by 3-M Company.
  • 07 Feb 1st solo England to Australia flight takes off (Bert Hinkler)
  • 08 Feb Scottish inventor J Blaird demonstrates color-TV.
  • 11 Feb 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 12 Feb Heavy hail kills 11 in England.
  • 19 Feb 2nd Winter Olympic games close at St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 20 Feb A hung parliament is produced in Japan after the general election.
  • 25 Feb Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission.
  • 28 Feb C.V. Raman discovers Raman effect.
  • 04 Mar Bunion Run race from LA to NYC begins
  • 11 Mar Netherlands and Belgium tie 1-1 (soccer match in Amsterdam)
  • 12 Mar In California, the St. Francis Dam fails; the resulting floods kill over 600 people.
  • 13 Mar 450 die in St. Francisquito Valley Dam burst (California)
  • 15 Mar March 15 incident: Japanese government crackdown on socialists and communists.
  • 19 Mar Amos and Andy debuts on radio (NBC Blue Network-WMAQ Chicago).
  • 21 Mar Charles Lindbergh is presented the US Congressional Medal of Honor for his first trans-Atlantic flight.
  • 26 Mar The China Academy of Art is founded in Hangzhou, Republic of China (first named the National Academy of Art).
  • 27 Mar KGB-AM in San Diego CA begins radio transmissions
  • 29 Mar Yeshiva College chartered (New York City, New York).
  • 09 Apr Top-Oss soccer team forms in Oss
  • 10 Apr quotPineapple Primaryquot: The U.S. Republican Party primary elections in Chicago are preceded by assassinations and bombings.
  • 12 Apr Assassination attempt on King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy.
  • 13 Apr First trans-atlantic flight, Europe-US (Fitzmaurice-von Hnnefeld-K�hl).
  • 14 Apr Maddus Airlines starts first regular passenger flights between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
  • 19 Apr Japanese troops occupies Sjantung-schiereiland
  • 22 Apr An earthquake destroys 200,000 buildings in Corinth.
  • 24 Apr Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented.
  • 25 Apr Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes first guide dog for the blind.
  • 26 Apr Los Angeles City Hall dedicated.
  • 28 Apr 28ampnbspinches of snow fall in southern-central Pennsylvania.
  • 30 Apr Cherkess Autonomous Region is established in RSFSR (until 1957).
  • 01 May Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter
  • 02 May KPQ-AM in Wenatchee WA begins radio transmissions
  • 03 May Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.
  • 07 May Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for (Bridge of San Luis Rey)
  • 10 May WGY, Schenectady begins regular TV programming
  • 11 May 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
  • 12 May Opium laws enforced
  • 14 May John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab and suffers a broken leg
  • 15 May Mickey Mouse premiered in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy
  • 17 May 9th modern Olympic games opens in Amsterdam
  • 19 May Explosion in coal mine in Mather, Pennsylvania, 195 die
  • 22 May US Congress accepts Jones-White Merchant Naval Act.
  • 23 May Bomb attack on Italian embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina; 22 die.
  • 24 May Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole again
  • 25 May Amelia Earhart (as a passenger) is 1st woman to fly Atlantic Ocean
  • 28 May Dodge Brothers Inc and Chrysler Corp merged
  • 29 May Fritz von Opel reaches 200 kph in experimental rocket car.
  • 30 May A rescue expedition leaves for the North Pole.
  • 31 May First aerial cross of the Pacific takes off from Oakland, California.
  • 02 Jun Velveeta Cheese created by Kraft
  • 03 Jun The American serial killer Albert Fish kidnaps and kills 10-year-old Grace Budd.
  • 04 Jun President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents.
  • 08 Jun First US-to-Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford).
  • 09 Jun 60th Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Vito wins in 2:33.2
  • 11 Jun A medical doctors' strike begins in Vienna.
  • 12 Jun New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hits 2 triples and 2 HRs to be White Sox 15-7
  • 14 Jun Republican National Convention in Kansas City nominates Herbert Hoover for US President.
  • 15 Jun Ty Cobb, 41, steals home for 50th and final time
  • 17 Jun Amelia Earhart leaves Nfld to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)
  • 18 Jun Amelia Earhart becomes 1st female to fly across Atlantic Ocean
  • 20 Jun Puniša Račić shoots 3 opposition representatives in the Yugoslavian Parliament, and injures 3 others.
  • 24 Jun 32nd US Golf Open: Johnny Farrell shoots a 294 at Olympia Fields - Illinois
  • 25 Jun New York Giants' Fred Lindstrom ties record of 9 hits in a doubleheader.
  • 28 Jun Friedrich Schmiedl attempted rocket mail in Austria (unsuccessful)
  • 29 Jun The Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge in Staten Island, New York are both opened.
  • 30 Jun Radio Service Bulletin lists radio stations call signs that are to be changed to conform with international standards
  • 02 Jul British parliament accept female sufferage
  • 03 Jul 1st color TV broadcast in London (John Logic Baird)
  • 06 Jul World's largest hailstones 1.5 pounds (17 inch diameter) fall in Potter, Nebraska, USA.
  • 07 Jul 41st Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats L de Alvarez (62 63)
  • 10 Jul Senator Milt Gaston hurls record tying 14-hit shutout
  • 12 Jul 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 Jul José de León Toral assassinates Álvaro Obregón, president of Mexico.
  • 19 Jul King Fuad of Egypt grabs power / disbands parliament
  • 20 Jul 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.
  • 21 Jul 1st woman to win an olympic gold medal - Halina Knonpacka of Poland
  • 25 Jul The United States recalls its troops from China.
  • 26 Jul Gene Tunney TKOs Tom Heeney in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 27 Jul AVRO, General Vereniging Radio Omroep, forms
  • 28 Jul 9th Olympic Games open in Amsterdam
  • 29 Jul 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
  • 30 Jul George Eastman shows 1st color motion pictures (US)
  • 01 Aug Babe Ruth hits HR # 42 and is 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace
  • 02 Aug Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
  • 03 Aug Ray Barbuti saves US team from defeat in Amsterdam Olympics track events by winning 400m (47.8 seconds).
  • 11 Aug Georges Ronsse becomes world champion cyclists
  • 12 Aug 9th Olympic Games close in Amsterdam
  • 13 Aug Soviet Union's Spartacan Games begin.
  • 21 Aug WRNY began regularly scheduled television broadcasts in New York City.
  • 22 Aug Alfred E. Smith accepts the Democratic presidential nomination, with ''WGY/W2XB'' simulcasting the event on radio and television.
  • 25 Aug Tri-City Rugby Football Union forms consisting of Moose Jaw, Regina andWinnipeg
  • 26 Aug May Donoghue finds the remains of a snail in her gingerbeer, launching Donoghue v. Stevenson.
  • 27 Aug 42nd US Womens Tennis: Helen W Moody beats Helen Hull Jacobs (62 61)
  • 29 Aug The Club Deportivo Motagua of Honduras is founded.
  • 30 Aug Jawaharlal Nehru requests independence of India
  • 31 Aug Brecht and Weils Dreigroschenoper premieres
  • 01 Sep Albania becomes a kingdom, with Zogu I as King
  • 03 Sep Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb got his 4,191th and final career hit
  • 06 Sep USSR signs Briand-Kellogg-pact
  • 11 Sep Ty Cobb last hitting appearance, pops out against Yankees
  • 13 Sep KOH-AM in Reno NV begins radio transmissions
  • 15 Sep 400 kg Fournier-albums (forged postage stamps) burn in Geneva
  • 16 Sep Hurricane hits West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee Florida; 3,000 die
  • 17 Sep 48th US Mens Tennis: Henri Cochet beats F T Hunter (46 64 36 75 63)
  • 18 Sep Cards beat Phillies for 20th of 22 games in 1928
  • 21 Sep My Weekly Reader magazine made its debut
  • 25 Sep Paul Galvin and his brother Joseph incorporate the Galvin Manufacturing Corporation (now known as ''Motorola'').
  • 27 Sep US recognizes Nationalist Chinese government.
  • 28 Sep Prussia forbids speech from Adolf Hitler
  • 29 Sep Cardinals win NL pennant with a 3-1 win at Boston
  • 30 Sep Le Sifflet publishes 1st precursor of Kuifje (Tintin)
  • 01 Oct Paavo Nurmi runs world record 15m (46:49.6)
  • 02 Oct The ''Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God'', commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaria Escriva.
  • 03 Oct French sun Ondine sinks returning to Toulon, drowning 42
  • 04 Oct 25th World Series begins, New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals
  • 06 Oct 11th PGA Championship: Leo Diegel at Five Farms Country Club - Baltimore
  • 07 Oct Race Tafari Makonnen crowned King of Abyssinia
  • 08 Oct Eastern Soccer League forms in US.
  • 09 Oct 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.
  • 12 Oct An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 15 Oct German dirigible Graf Zeppelin lands in Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • 16 Oct Mickey Cochrane wins AL MVP honors, edging Heinie Manush by 2 points
  • 19 Oct William Edward Hickman is executed at San Quentin prison for the 1927 murder of Marion Parker.
  • 22 Oct China expels all Russian instructors and civil servants
  • 26 Oct International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (ICRM) formally established with the adoption of “Statutes of the International Red Cross”
  • 28 Oct Bradman scores 131 NSW vs. Queensland, 212 mins, 14 fours
  • 01 Nov Graf Zeppelin sets airship distance record of 6384 km
  • 03 Nov Turkey switches from Arabic to Roman alphabet.
  • 04 Nov Jose Moncada elected President of Nicaragua
  • 06 Nov Clevelanders vote to build a stadium with city bonds
  • 07 Nov Herbert Hoover (R) elected President
  • 10 Nov Hirohito ascended throne as Emperor of Japan
  • 11 Nov KXO-AM in El Centro CA begins radio transmissions
  • 12 Nov British steamer Vestris capsizes and sinks off Virginia, USA, kills 110.
  • 17 Nov Boston Garden officially opens
  • 18 Nov 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.
  • 19 Nov 1st issue of Time magazine, Japanese Emperor Hirohito on cover
  • 20 Nov Boston Gardens opens, Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0
  • 22 Nov Bolero by Maurice Ravel, 1st performed publicly (Paris)
  • 01 Dec CFL Grey Cup: Ham Tigers beats Regina, 30-0 at Hamilton
  • 02 Dec Cardinals 1B Jim Bottomley is voted NL MVP
  • 03 Dec In Rio de Janeiro, a seaplane sent to greet Alberto Santos-Dumont crashes near Cap Arcona, killing all on board.
  • 05 Dec MW Miklas elected President of Austria.
  • 06 Dec The government of Colombia sent military forces to suppress a month-long strike by United Fruit Company workers, resulting in an unknown number of deaths.
  • 11 Dec NL President John Heydler proposes designated hitter for pitchers
  • 12 Dec Nichols / Brownes Wings over Europe, premieres in New York City
  • 13 Dec Clip-on tie designed
  • 19 Dec First autogiro (predecessor of helicopter) flight in US.
  • 20 Dec Ethel Barrymore Theater opens at 243 W 47th St, New York City
  • 21 Dec The U.S. Congress approves the construction of Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam.
  • 23 Dec NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network.
  • 24 Dec George Abbott Theater (Adelphi, 54 St) opens at 152 W 54th St, New York City
  • 25 Dec New South Wales (versus Victoria) go from 8-74 to 9-113 to be 9-367 at stumps.
  • 26 Dec Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming.
  • 28 Dec Last recording of Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues, made