Notable Events and Statistics of 1928

President: Calvin Coolidge

U.S. Population:  121,000,000

Cost of a first-class stamp:  $0.02

Unemployment:  4.2%

“Wings” wins Academy Award for best picture

Emil Jannings wins Academy Award for best actor

Janet Gaynor wins Academy Award for best actress

Charles Jenkins Laboratories becomes the first holder of a television license

The first regular schedule of television programming begins in Schenectady, New York.

Disney Studios releases Plane Crazy featuring the first appearances of Micky and Minnie Mouse.

Jean Lussier goes over Niagara Falls in a rubber ball.

The Okeechobee Hurricane kills at least 2,500 people in Florida.

An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital in Boston.

The Boston Garden opens.

Eliot Ness begins to lead the prohibition unit in Chicago.

The Epsicopal Church of the US ratifies a new revision of the Book of Common Prayer.

English bacteriologist Frederick Griffith indirectly proves the existence of DNA.

Al Smith becomes the first Catholic nominated by a major political party for President of the US.

British inventor John Logie Baird demonstrates the world's first color television transmission.

The Kellogg-Briand Pact is signed in Paris, the first treaty to outlaw aggressive war.

Richard E. Byrd leaves New York for the Arctic.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (ICRM)is formally established.

The old Canaanite city of Ugarit is rediscovered.

Margaret Mead’s influential cultural anthropology text Coming of Age in Samoa is published in the U.S.

The first television station, W2BBS, is established in New York City by RCA.

The English hairdresser Vidal Sassoon is born.

American astronaut Jim Lovell is born.

American actress and diplomat Shirley Temple is born.

The First Yo Yo Factory Opens making YoYo's in Santa Barbara, California.

The House at Pooh Corner by Author A. A. Milne is published in England.

Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin.

The Summer Olympics are held for the first time in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Olympic Winter Games are held for the first time in the country in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Lady Chatterley's Lover is banned for being to explicit in England and the US.

© Steven Oberlander 2015