1928Centuries: 19th century - 20th century - 21st century
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2 Year in topic
5 Nobel Prizes
- January 10 - USSR expels Leon Trotsky
- February 11 - 1928 Winter Olympic Games open in St. Moritz, Switzerland
- February 25 - Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, DC becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission.
- March 12 - In California, the St. Francis Dam fails killing 400.
- March 21 - Charles Lindbergh is presented the Congressional Medal of Honor for his first trans-Atlantic flight.
- July 6 - The then world's largest hailstone falls in Potter, Nebraska.
- August 16 - Murderer Carl Panzram is arrested in Washington, DC after killing about 20 people.
- August 28 The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris - it was the first treaty which outlawed aggresive war.
- September 1 - Ahmet Zogu declares Albania to be a monarchy and proclaims himself king.
- October 12 - An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston.
- November 4 - At Park Central Hotel in Manhattan, Arnold Rothstein, New York City's most notorious gambler, is shot to death over a poker game.
- November 6 - Swedes start a tradition of eating Gustavus Adolphus pastries to commemorate the king.
- November 6 - U.S. presidential election, 1928: Republican Herbert Hoover wins by a wide margin over Democrat Alfred E. Smith.
- November 10 - Michinomiya Hirohito is crowned the 124th Emperor of Japan
- The old Canaanite city of Ugarit is rediscovered.
- Turkey switches from arabic to the latin-based modern Turkish alphabet.
- The right to vote extended to all women in England
- Frederick Griffith conducted the Griffith experiment indirectly proving existence of DNA.
- Motorola founded.
- First (and last) Best Title Writing Academy Award given.
- The Episcopal Church ratified a new revision of the Book of Common Prayer.
- W2XBS, RCA's first television station, is established in New York City.
Year in topic
- 1928 in film
- 1928 in literature
- Strange Fugitive by Morley Callaghan
- 1928 in music
- 1928 in sports
- 1928 in television
- May 11 - The first regular schedule of TV programming is begun in the United States by the General Electric company. Programs are transmitted Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
- July 12 - First televised tennis match.
- August 22 - Alfred E. Smith accepts the Democratic presidential nomination, with WGY simulcasting the event on radio and Television. This was the first live broadcast and the first television news event.
- September 11 - The first broadcast of a play on television, The Queen's Messenger (W2XAD).
- January 5 - Walter Mondale, U.S. Senator, Democratic presidential nominee in 1984
- January 5 - Ali Bhutto, President and Prime Minister of Pakistan (d. 1979)
- January 7 - William Peter Blatty, screenwriter
- January 8 - Sander Vanocur, journalist
- January 11 - David L. Wolper, producer
- January 16 - William Kennedy, author
- January 17 - Jean Barraqué, composer (d. 1973)
- January 17 - Vidal Sassoon, cosmetologist
- January 23 - Jeanne Moreau, actress
- January 24 - Desmond Morris, anthropologist, writer
- January 26 - Eartha Kitt, singer and actress
- January 26 - Roger Vadim, film director (d. 2000)
- January 30 - Hal Prince, stage producer, director
- February 5 - Andrew Greeley, priest, novelist
- February 9 - Frank Frazetta, illustrator
- February 9 - Roger Mudd, journalist
- February 11 - Conrad Janis, actor
- February 11 - Archibald Forster, CEO (Esso, United Kingdom)
- February 11 - Gerry Alexander, West Indies cricket player
- February 11 - Raoul Cita, rocker
- February 23 - Vasili Lazarev, cosmonaut (d. 1990)
- February 26 - Fats Domino, musician
- February 26 - Anatoli Filipchenko, cosmonaut
- February 27 - Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel
- February 27 - Alfred Hrdlicka, sculptor and graphic artist
- March 3 - France Križanič, Slovene mathematician (d. 2002)
- March 4 - Alan Sillitoe, writer
- March 6 - Gabriel García Márquez, writer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 1982
- March 10 - James Earl Ray, assassin (d. 1998)
- March 12 - Edward Albee, dramatist
- March 19 - Hans Küng, theologian
- March 19 - Patrick McGoohan, actor
- March 20 - Fred Rogers, children's television host (d. 2003)
- March 25 - Jim Lovell, astronaut
- March 28 - Zbigniew Brzezinski, United States National Security Advisor
- March 31 - Gordie Howe, ice hockey player
- March 31 - Lefty Frizzell, country music performer
- April 1 - Jane Powell, dancer, actress, singer
- April 2 - Serge Gainsbourg, singer
- April 4 - Maya Angelou, poet, novelist
- April 6 - James Watson, geneticist
- April 7 - James Garner, actor
- April 7 - Alan J. Pakula, producer, director (d. 1998)
- April 9 - Tom Lehrer, satirical songwriter
- May 8 - Theodore Sorenson, political operative, writer
- May 9 - Pancho Gonzalez, tennis player (d. 1995)
- May 11 - Mort Sahl, comedian, political commentator
- May 12 - Burt Bacharach, composer
- May 16 - Billy Martin, baseball player, coach (d. 1989)
- May 18 - Pernell Roberts, actor
- May 23 - Nigel Davenport, actor
- May 23 - Rosemary Clooney, singer, actress (d. 2002)
- May 26 - Jack Kevorkian, assisted suicide advocate
- June 1 - Georgi Dobrovolski, cosmonaut
- July 26 - Stanley Kubrick, American film director
- August 6 - Andy Warhol, American artist
- August 10 - Eddie Fisher, American singer
- August 15 - Nicolas Roeg, film director
- September 14- The Rt Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy KCVO, husband of HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent
- September 15 - Julian Cannonball Adderley, American saxophonist
- October 1 - George Peppard, actor
- November 3 - Osamu Tezuka Japanese manga artist
- November 10 - Ennio Morricone, film music composer
- December 15 - Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian artist
- January 11 - Thomas Hardy, writer
- January 29 - Douglas Haig, British soldier
- February 4- Hendrik Lorentz, Dutch physicist and Nobel laureate
- February 16 - Eddie Foy, vaudevillian, singer, dancer
- August 12 - Leos Janacek, Czech composer
- August 30 - Wilhelm Wien, physicist