1928 History Events: What Happened in 1928

The year 1928 was one of humanity’s most remarkable years. Frederick Griffith of England submitted a study in January that demonstrated the presence of DNA, marking a watershed moment in science.
Year after year, this finding continues to deliver a slew of scientific breakthroughs.

On February 8, a transatlantic television signal was beamed from London to New York City by John Baird of Scotland, making the world a far more integrated place. This paved the door for journalists to transmit news from around the world and, later, for consumers to watch entertainment content from other countries. Baird would go on to demonstrate the world’s first colour television transmission later that year, in July.

This was also a significant year in the realm of aeronautics. The Medal of Honor was presented to American aviator Charles Lindbergh in March in recognition of his remarkable transatlantic trip.
Amelia Earhart, an aviator, became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in June of this year, though she did so as a passenger rather than a pilot.

On the international political stage, there were also some significant developments. When Leon Trotsky was expelled from Soviet territory in January, a serious internal schism in Soviet political circles erupted. Trotsky was a leading Marxist theorist, politician, and Red Army creator. He was also a prominent rival of Joseph Stalin, who exiled him for his anti-Stalin activities.

The Kellogg-Briand Pact, a significant pact, was also signed this year. This was the first international treaty to declare aggression warfare illegal under international law. While this pact would not, of course, fulfil its goals, it is nonetheless significant because it constituted a big step forward in world peace efforts. Conflicts were to be settled first through negotiation, bringing signatories closer to putting classic Western concepts of “just war theory” into practise.

Continue reading to discover more about the events of 1928.


(February 26, 1928)
Fats Domino, a rhythm-and-blues star who went on to become one of the earliest rock-and-roll stars, was born in the United States.


(May 15, 1928)
With the release of the animated film Plane Crazy, Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse made his debut.

(June 09, 1928)

The Southern Cross, a Fokker Trimotor monoplane piloted by Charles Kingsford Smith, makes the first trans-Pacific flight.

(July 07, 1928)
The Chillicothe Baking Company in Chillicothe, Missouri, sells sliced bread for the first time.

Happy Birthday! (August 06, 1928)
Andy Warhol, American painter, photographer and film director. photo source:


(October 15, 1928)
The airship Graf Zeppelin lands in Lakehurst, New Jersey, the United States, after completing its first transatlantic journey. photo source:

(November 06, 1928)
Colonel Jacob Schick is the first to patent an electric razor. Schick became renowned as "The Father of Electric Razors" after founding the Schick Dry Shaver, Inc. razor firm. photo source:

(November 01, 1928) Steamboat Willie was the first animated picture with sound to feature Mickey Mouse; the cartoon's tremendous success helped make Mickey an iconic character and led to the Disney Company's supremacy in the animation business.

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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1927 History Events: What Happened in 1927

1929 History Events: What Happened in 1929