Famous birthdays, deaths and events of 1928
January 1 - Ernest Tidyman, American writer (d. 1984) January 2 - Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese writer January 6 - Capucine, French actress (d. 1990) January 7 - William Peter Blatty, American screenwriter January 9 - Judith Krantz, American author January 9 - Domenico Modugno, Italian singer and songwriter (d. 1994) January 10 - Philip Levine, American poet January 11 - David L. Wolper, American television producer January 12 - Ruth Brown, American singer (d. 2006) January 12 - Lloyd Ruby, American race car driver January 14 - Gerald Arpino, American dancer and choreographer January 14 - Lars Forssell, Swedish writer (d. 2007) January 16 - Pilar Lorengar, Spanish soprano (d. 1996) January 16 - William Kennedy, American author January 17 - Jean Barraqué, French composer (d. 1973) January 17 - Vidal Sassoon, English cosmetologist January 23 - Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 2005) January 23 - Jeanne Moreau, French actress January 24 - Michel Serrault, French actor (d. 2007) January 26 - Roger Vadim, French film director and actor (d. 2000) January 27 - Michael Craig, British actor January 30 - Hal Prince, American stage producer and director January 31 - Chuck Willis, American singer and songwriter (d. 1958) February 2 - Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr. February 5 - Andrew Greeley, American priest and novelist February 9 - Frank Frazetta, American illustrator February 13 - Dorothy McGuire, American singer (The McGuire Sisters) February 17 - Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress & singer February 18 - Tom Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player February 22 - Paul Dooley, American actor February 23 - Hans Herrmann, German race car driver February 24 - Barbara Lawrence, American actress February 25 - Larry Gelbart, American comedy writer February 26 - Fats Domino, American musician February 26 - Monique Leyrac, French Canadian singer and actress February 29 - Joss Ackland, English actor February 29 - Tempest Storm, American burlesque performer March 1 - Jacques Rivette, French film director March 4 - Samuel Adler, American composer March 4 - Alan Sillitoe, English writer March 10 - James Earl Ray, American assassin (d. 1998) March 10 - Sara Montiel, Spanish actress and singer March 11 - Albert Salmi, American actor (d. 1990) March 12 - Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan musician (d. 2007) March 14 - Frank Borman, American astronaut and CEO March 16 - Christa Ludwig, German mezzo-soprano March 16 - Karlheinz Böhm, Austrian actor March 18 - Miguel Poblet, Spanish cyclist March 19 - Patrick McGoohan, American-born actor March 20 - Fred Rogers, American TV host (d. 2003) March 22 - E.D. Hirsch. American social commentator, March 22 - Ed Macauley, American basketball player March 24 - Byron Janis, American pianist March 25 - Jim Lovell, American astronaut March 28 - Zbigniew Brzezinski, U.S. National Security Advisor March 29 - Vincent Gigante, American mafioso (d. 2005) March 30 - Tom Sharpe, English satirical author March 31 - Lefty Frizzell, American singer and songwriter (d. 1975) March 31 - Gordie Howe, Canadian ice hockey player April 1 - George Grizzard, American actor (d. 2007) April 2 - Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, American cardinal (d. 1996) April 2 - Serge Gainsbourg, French singer (d. 1991) April 2 - Prof David Robinson, Irish Horticulturist (d. 2004) April 3 - Don Gibson, American country musician (d. 2003) April 3 - Kevin Hagen, American actor (d. 2005) April 3 - Jennifer Paterson, English chef and TV personality (d. 1999) April 4 - Maya Angelou, American writer April 5 - Tony Williams, American singer (The Platters) (d. 1992) April 7 - James Garner, American actor April 7 - Alan J. Pakula, American film producer and director (d. 1998) April 7 - James White, Northern Irish science fiction writer (d. 1999) April 9 - Paul Arizin, American basketball player (d. 2006) April 12 - Hardy Krüger, German actor April 16 - "Night Train" Lane, American football player (d. 2002) April 17 - Cynthia Ozick, American writer April 19 - Alexis Korner, English musician (d. 1984) April 20 - Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer (d. 2007) April 29 - Carl Gardner, American singer (The Coasters) April 30 - Hugh Hood, Canadian author (d. 2000) May 1 - Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racer (d. 2002) May 3 - Dave Dudley, American singer (d. 2003) May 4 - Maynard Ferguson, Canadian musician (d. 2006) May 4 - Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver (d. 1961) May 8 - Theodore Sorenson, American writer May 9 - Pancho Gonzalez, American tennis player (d. 1995) May 9 - Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater May 11 - Brother Andrew, Dutch missionary May 11 - Marco Ferreri, Italian film director and screenwriter (d. 1997) May 12 - Burt Bacharach, American composer May 12 - Henry Cosby, African-American songwriter (d. 2002) May 13 - Édouard Molinaro, French film actor May 13 - Jim Shoulders, Champion rodeo cowboy (d. 2007) May 14 - Will "Dub" Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (d. 2000) May 18 - Pernell Roberts, American actor May 21 - Tom Donahue, American disc jockey (freeform radio) (d. 1975) May 22 - T. Boone Pickens, Jr. May 23 - Jeannie Carson, English actress and comedian May 23 - Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (d. 2002) May 23 - Nigel Davenport, English actor May 23 - Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (d. 1998) May 24 - William Trevor, Irish writer May 30 - Agnès Varda, French director June 1 - Bob Monkhouse, English comedian (d. 2003) June 4 - Ruth Westheimer, German-born American sex therapist and author June 5 - Robert Lansing, American actor (d. 1994) June 5 - Tony Richardson, British film director (d. 1991) June 7 - James Ivory, American film director June 7 - Reg Park, British bodybuilder June 10 - Maurice Sendak, American writer June 11 - Fabiola de Mora y Aragón, Queen of the Belgians June 12 - Vic Damone, American singer June 12 - Richard M. Sherman, American songwriter June 19 - Nancy Marchand, American actress (d. 2000) June 19 - Barry Took, English comedy writer (d. 2002) June 20 - Eric Dolphy, American jazz musician (d. 1964) June 25 - Michel Brault, Quebec film director June 25 - Peyo, Belgian illustrator (d. 1992) June 25 - Bill Russo, American jazz composer (d. 2003) June 26 - Jacob Druckman, American composer (d. 1996) June 28 - Dr Hans Blix, Swedish head of the United Nations Monitoring June 29 - Ian Bannen, Scottish actor (d. 1999) July 5 - Warren Oates, American actor (d. 1982) July 5 - Katherine Helmond, American actress July 9 - Federico Bahamontes, Spanish cyclist July 9 - Vince Edwards, American actor July 10 - Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer (d. 2003) July 13 - Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (d. 2000) July 13 - Bob Crane, American actor (d. 1978) July 13 - Leroy Vinnegar, American jazz bassist July 14 - Nancy Olson, American actress July 15 - Carl Woese, American microbiologist July 16 - Anita Brookner, English novelist July 16 - Robert Sheckley, American author (d. 2005) July 17 - Vince Guaraldi, American musician and composer (d. 1976) July 21 - Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (d. 1998) July 22 - Orson Bean, American film actor July 23 - Hubert Selby Jr., American author (d. 2004) July 25 - Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (d. 2005) July 25 - Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (d. 1988) July 26 - Don Beauman, British racing driver (d. 1955) July 26 - Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet (d. 1980) July 26 - Stanley Kubrick, American film director (d. 1999) July 27 - Karloff Lagarde, Mexican lucha libre wrestler (d. 2007) July 30 - Eunice Muñoz, Portuguese actress July 30 - Joe Nuxhall, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2007) August 2 - Malcolm Hilton, Former England cricketer (d. 1990) August 3 - Cécile Aubry, French actress August 4 - Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver (d. 2003) August 6 - Herb Moford, American baseball player (d. 2005) August 7 - Romeo Muller, American screenwriter (d. 1992) August 7 - James Randi, Canadian magician August 8 - Don Burrows, Australian musician August 9 - Bob Cousy, American. basketball player August 10 - Jimmy Dean, American singer August 10 - Gus Mercurio, American-born Australian actor August 10 - Eddie Fisher, American singer August 11 - Arlene Dahl, American actress August 12 - Bob Buhl, American baseball player (d. 2001) August 12 - Dan Curtis, film and television producer and director August 15 - Nicolas Roeg, English film director August 16 - Ann Blyth, American actress August 18 - Marge Schott, baseball team owner (d. 2004) August 19 - Norman Brooks, Canadian singer (d. 2006) August 21 - Art Farmer, American trumpet player (d. 1999) August 22 - Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer (d. 2007) August 23 - Marian Seldes, American actress August 25 - Darrell Johnson, American baseball player (d. 2004) August 26 - Naïm Kattan, Canadian novelist and essayist August 29 - Charles Gray, English actor (d. 2000) August 30 - Lloyd Casner, American racecar driver and owner (d. 1965) August 31 - James Coburn, American actor (d. 2002) September 1 - George Maharis, American actor September 2 - Horace Silver, American jazz pianist and composer September 4 - Dick York, American actor (d. 1992) September 6 - Robert M. Pirsig, American author September 10 - Jean Vanier, Canadian disabilities advocate September 10 - Walter Martin, American Christian apologist (d. 1989) September 11 - Earl Holliman, American actor September 16 - Lady Gwen Thompson, British occultist (d. 1986) September 17 - Roddy McDowall, English actor (d. 1998) September 19 - Adam West, American actor September 20 - Joyce Brothers, American psychologist and advice columnist September 20 - Kirsten Rolffes, Danish actress (d. 2000) September 20 - Donald Hall, American poet and US Poet Laureate September 22 - Eric Broadley, MBE September 22 - Eugene Roche, American actor (d. 2004) September 26 - Bob Van der Veken, Belgian actor October 1 - Laurence Harvey, Lithuanian-born actor (d. 1973) October 1 - George Peppard, American actor (d. 1994) October 1 - Willy Mairesse, Belgian racing driver (d. 1969) October 2 - George "Spanky" McFarland, American actor (d. 1993) October 3 - Erik Bruhn, Danish dancer and choreographer (d. 1986) October 3 - Alvin Toffler, American writer and futurist October 4 - Torben Ulrich, Danish musician October 5 - Louise Fitzhugh, American author (d. 1974) October 8 - M. Russell Ballard, LDS apostle October 8 - Neil Harvey, Australian cricketer October 8 - Bill Maynard, British actor October 9 - Einojuhani Rautavaara, Finnish composer October 11 - Alfonso de Portago, Spanish race car driver (d. 1957) October 16 - Mary Daly, American feminist October 16 - Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress October 21 - Whitey Ford, American baseball player October 22 - Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Brazilian movie director October 23 - Harold P. Warren, American movie director (d. 1985) October 23 - Bella Darvi, Polish-born French actress (d. 1971) October 25 - Marion Ross, American actress October 25 - Anthony Franciosa, American actor (d. 2006) October 27 - Gilles Vigneault, Canadian poet October 30 - Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist October 31 - Cleo Moore, American actress (d. 1973) November 1 - Emmaline Henry, American actress (d. 1979) November 4 - Hannah Weiner American experimental poet, November 9 - Anne Sexton, American poet (d. 1974) November 10 - Ennio Morricone, Italian composer November 11 - Carlos Fuentes, Mexican writer November 11 - Gracita Morales, Spanish actress (d. 1995) November 13 - Steve Bilko, American baseball player (d. 1978) November 15 - C. W. McCall, American singer November 15 - John Orchard, British actor (d. 1995) November 16 - Clu Gulager, American actor November 17 - Rance Howard, American actor November 18 - Otar Gordeli, Georgian composer November 20 - Aleksey Batalov, Russian actor November 20 - John Disley, Welsh athlete November 22 - Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (d. 2008) November 23 - Jerry Bock, American Broadway composer November 27 - Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek actor (d. 2005) November 28 - John Coleman, Australian rules footballer (d. 1973) December 1 - Emily McLaughlin, American actress (d. 1991) December 4 - Dena Dietrich, American actress December 6 - Bobby Van, American singer (d. 1980) December 7 - Noam Chomsky, American linguist and political writer December 9 - André Milhoux, Belgian racing driver December 9 - Dick Van Patten, American actor December 10 - Dan Blocker, American actor (d. 1972) December 10 - John Colicos, Canadian actor (d. 2000) December 12 - Chinghiz Aitmatov, Soviet-born Kyrgyz writer December 15 - Jerry Wallace, American singer December 16 - Philip K. Dick, American writer (d. 1982) December 18 - Józef Glemp, Polish cardinal December 23 - Chronis Aidonidis, Greek singer December 25 - Dick Miller, American actor December 28 - Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (d. 2001) December 29 - Bernard Cribbins, British actor December 30 - Bo Diddley, American singer and musician (d. 2008)
January 6 - Alvin Kraenzlein, American athlete (b. 1876) January 11 - Thomas Hardy, English writer (b. 1840) February 16 - Eddie Foy, American singer and dancer (b. 1856) February 29 - Ina Coolbrith, first poet laureate of California (b. 1841) March 7 - Robert Abbe, American surgeon (b. 1851) April 5 - Roy Kilner, English cricketer (b. 1890) June 4 - Zhang Zuolin, Chinese warlord (b. 1873) June 14 - Emmeline Pankhurst, British feminist (b. 1857) June 16 - Dr. Mark Keppel, County Superintendent of Los Angeles County Schools from 1902-1928 (b. 1867) June 22 - A. B. Frost, American illustrator (b. 1851) July 20 - Kostas Karyotakis, Greek poet (b. 1896) August 10 - Rex Cherryman, American actor (b. 1897) August 12 - Leoš Janáček, Czech composer (b. 1854) August 14 - Alfred Henschke, ps. Klabund September 13 - Italo Svevo, Italian author (b. 1861) October 8 - Larry Semon, comedian (b. 1889) November 4 - Arnold Rothstein, American gambler (b. 1882) November 17 - Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author December 1 - José Eustasio Rivera, Colombian writer (b. 1888) December 16 - Elinor Wylie, American poet and writer (b. 1885)
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 over 600 people. March 21 - Charles Lindbergh is presented the Medal of Honor for his first trans-Atlantic flight. April 19 - The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published. May 3 - Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China. May 26 - The first motion picture is projected publicly in Athens, Greece. June 4 - President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents. June 8 - Second Northern Expedition: The National Revolutionary Army captures Peking, whose name is changed to Beijing. June 9 - Charles Kingsford Smith completes the first trans-Pacific flight in a Fokker Trimotor monoplane, the Southern Cross. June 18 - Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean (she was a passenger; Wilmer Stutz was the pilot and Lou Gordon the mechanic). June 24 - With declining business, the Great Gorge and International Railway begins using one-person crews on trolley operations in Canada. June 29 - The Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge in Staten Island, New York both opened. July 7 - Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It is described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped". July 20 - 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. July 27 - Tich Freeman becomes only bowler ever to take 200 first-class wickets before end of July. August 21 - WRNY began regularly scheduled television broadcasts in New York City. August 27 - The Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war is signed by the first fifteen nations to do so. Ultimately sixty-one nations will sign it. September 1 - Ahmet Zogu declares Albania to be a monarchy and proclaims himself king. September 15 - Tich Freeman becomes the only bowler to take 300 wickets in an English cricket season. September 17 - The Okeechobee Hurricane strikes southeastern Florida, killing upwards of 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. September 18 - Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro crossing of the English Channel. September 27 - The Republic of China is recognised by the United States. September 28 - UK passes the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing cannabis. September 28 - Sir Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin. October 1 - The Soviet Union introduces its First Five-Year Plan. October 2 - The "Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God", commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá. October 6 - Chiang Kai-Shek becomes Chairman of the Republic of China. October 8 - Joseph Szigeti gives the first performance of Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto. October 12 - An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston October 15 - The airship, the Graf Zeppelin completes its first trans-Atlantic flight, landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States. October 22 - Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity is founded at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. November 1 - The Law on the Adoption and Implementation of the Turkish Alphabet, replacing the version of the Arabic alphabet previously used, comes into force in Turkey. November 6 - Sweden begin a tradition of eating Gustavus Adolphus pastries to commemorate the king. November 10 - In the game against Army at Yankee Stadium, Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne gives what is considered the greatest locker room speeches of all time by saying "Win one for the Gipper". The Notre Dame would win the game 12-6. November 18 - Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the second appearances of cartoon stars Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is also considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey's birthday. November 22 - First execution of Ravel's Boléro in Paris.