1928 events in history

Jan 1 Boris Bazhanov defects through Iran. He is the only assistant of Joseph Stalin's secretariat to have defected from the Eastern Bloc
Feb 25 Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission
Feb 28 C.V. Raman discovers the Raman effect
Mar 12 In California, the St. Francis Dam fails; the resulting floods kill over 600 people
Mar 21 Charles Lindbergh is presented with the Medal of Honor for the first solo trans-Atlantic flight
Apr 12 The Bremen, a German Junkers W33 type aircraft, takes off for the first successful transatlantic aeroplane flight from east to west
Apr 14 The Bremen, a German Junkers W33 type aircraft, reaches Greenly Island, Canada - the first successful transatlantic aeroplane flight from east to west
Apr 19 The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published
May 3 Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China
May 15 Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy
Jun 4 The President of the Republic of China, Zhang Zuolin, is assassinated by Japanese agents
Jun 8 Second Northern Expedition: The National Revolutionary Army captures Peking, whose name is changed to Beijing ("Northern Capital")
Jun 9 Charles Kingsford Smith completes the first trans-Pacific flight in a Fokker Trimotor monoplane, the Southern Cross
Jun 18 Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean (she is a passenger; Wilmer Stultz is the pilot and Lou Gordon the mechanic)
Jun 29 The Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge in Staten Island, New York are both opened
Jul 7 Sliced bread is sold for the first time (on the inventor's 48th birthday) by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri
Jul 14 New Vietnam Revolutionary Party is founded in Huế amid providing some of the communist party's most important leaders in its early years
Jul 27 Tich Freeman becomes the only bowler ever to take 200 first-class wickets before the end of July
Aug 27 The Kellogg–Briand Pact outlawing war is signed by the first fifteen nations to do so. Ultimately sixty-one nations will sign it
Sep 1 Ahmet Zogu declares Albania to be a monarchy and proclaims himself king
Sep 7 The first Tour de Pologne began
Sep 16 The Okeechobee hurricane strikes southeastern Florida, killing more than 2,500 people. It is the third deadliest natural disaster in United States history, behind the Galveston hurricane of 1900 and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
Sep 18 Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro crossing of the English Channel
Sep 27 The Republic of China is recognized by the United States
Sep 28 The U.K. Parliament passes the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing cannabis
Sep 28 Sir Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin
Oct 1 The Soviet Union introduces its First five-year plan
Oct 2 The "Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God", commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá
Oct 8 Joseph Szigeti gives the first performance of Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto
Oct 10 Chiang Kai-shek becomes Chairman of the Republic of China
Oct 12 An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston
Oct 15 The airship, Graf Zeppelin completes its first trans-Atlantic flight, landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States
Oct 22 Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity is founded at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus
Oct 28 Declaration of the Youth Pledge in Indonesia, the first time Indonesia Raya, now the national anthem, was sung
Nov 1 The Law on the Adoption and Implementation of the Turkish Alphabet, replacing the version of the Arabic alphabet previously used with the Latin alphabet, comes into force in Turkey
Nov 6 Arnold Rothstein, the head of the Jewish mob in New York, was shot and mortally wounded on November 4, and died on November 6. He was assassinated by George "Hump" McManus, for failing to pay a large gambling debt
Nov 12 SS Vestris sinks approximately 200 miles (320 km) off Hampton Roads, Virginia, killing at least 110 passengers, mostly women and children who die after the vessel is abandoned
Nov 15 The RNLI lifeboat Mary Stanford capsized in Rye Harbour with the loss of the entire 17 man crew
Nov 18 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 considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey's birthday
Nov 22 The premier performance of Ravel's Boléro takes place in Paris
Dec 6 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 17 Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru assassinate British police officer James Saunders in Lahore, Punjab, to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai at the hands of the police. The three were executed in 1931