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1928 Trivia, Facts & History

<< - 1927

World Series Champions

New York Yankees

Stanley Cup Champs

New York Rangers

US Open Golf

Johnny Farrell

US Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Henri Cochet/Helen Wills

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Rene Lacoste/Helen Wills

NCAA Football Champions

Georgia Tech & USC

Kentucky Derby

Reigh Count

1928's New Faces, Top Stars, Models and Actresses

Josephine Baker, Clara Bow, Dolores Costello, Louise Brooks, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, Greta Garbo, Myrna Loy, Mary Pickford, Dolores Del Rio, Anna May Wong

"The Quotes"

"Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day"
- Bertrand Russell

On his death bed, the man who fixed the 1919 World Series, Arnold Rothstein, when asked who shot him by the police, said, "You stick to your trade. I'll stick to mine."

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

Walter Chrysler

Miss America


Scandals, Deaths and Odd News

The 'Banana Massacre' of 1928: Up to 3000 striking workers were murdered for United Fruit Company (now Chiquita).

From 1928-1972, Canada performed compulsory sterilisations on nearly 3,000 people deemed mentally deficient. This was on the basis of scientific claims linking "feeble-mindedness" to social issues.

Handkerchief Pool in Yellowstone was once as famous as Old Faithful Geyser, but by 1928 tourist not only to cleaned their handkerchiefs but also used it as a place to dump coins, bottles, pins, and rocks, thus plugging it up.

Before being executed by the electric chair, George Appel's last words were "Well folks, you'll soon see a baked Appel."

In 2009 art historian Gergely Barki was watching Stuart Little when he spotted Róbert Berény's Sleeping Lady, a lost painting not seen since an exhibit/sale in 1928. After a years-long mission, he tracked it to an asst set designer's home, who bought the six-figure painting for $500 for the film

In 1898, nearly three fourths of Alabama's state revenue came from leasing inmate labor to private entities such as coal mining companies and plantations, oftentimes located in other states. Alabama did not end the practice until 1928.

1928 Pop Culture News

Ida Rosenthal founded Maidenform, the company that defined bra sizes like A, B, C, D, etc.

The New York Daily News published the 1st photograph of an execution (Ruth Snyder, in Sing Sing Correctional Facility) by electric chair after they hired an unknown photographer to witness and secretly photograph the execution by using a single-use camera strapped to his ankle and wired to a trigger release up his pant leg.

To deal with the heavy influx of cars into a city that had no large car parks, the organizers of the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam marked off certain areas with a blue sign containing a white 'P', creating the international symbol for parking.

'The Lights Of New York' was the first movie to be filmed entirely with sound.

Chinese Checkers wasn't actually invented in China, but Germany. The name was a marketing scheme in the US in 1928, and was called "Hop Ching Checkers".

Sliced bread was only invented in 1928 and was referred to as the best thing since bagged bread.

Thee Joker may be based off a 1928 German film called The Man Who Laughs. Based on an adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel of the same name and stars Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine. Gwynplaine had been scarred with a permanent grin.

The fact that shaving doesn't make hair grow back thicker, darker, or faster was first proven in a clinical study in 1928 by Mildred Trotter.

Babies across America have been eating Gerber baby foods since 1928. Dorothy Gerber started making them for her daughter in 1927.

In 2009 art historian Gergely Barki was watching Stuart Little when he spotted Róbert Berény's Sleeping Lady, a lost painting not seen since an exhibit/sale in 1928. After a years-long mission, he tracked it to an asst set designer's home, who bought the six-figure painting for $500 for the film.

Chef Boyardee was founded by restaurant owner Hector Boiardi in 1928. The idea originated when customers began asking Boiardi for his spaghetti sauce recipe. Ten years later he opened a factory and named his product "Boy-Ar-Dee" to help Americans pronounce his name correctly.

The founder of the Kodak company was so frustrated by the different number of days in each month, he insisted the company operate on a 13 month year, each month being exactly 4 weeks. They did this up until 1989.

1928's most comfortable invention was the Lay-Z-Boy recliner.

During the filming of a flood scene for 1928's Noah's Ark, three extras were killed and that one of the surviving extras was actor John Wayne.

After the 1928 classic The Passion of Joan of Arc was panned by the French government that commissioned it and a fire destroyed the negative, the original cut of the movie was thought to be lost forever. That was until a copy was found in a closet in an Oslo mental institution in 1981.

The Patriot, released in 1928, was the last silent film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture until 2011's The Artist. It is also the only Best Picture nominee that has since become lost.

Thomas Midgley and Charles Kettering invented Freon. Freon is now blamed for the depletion of the earth's ozone shield, as well as being a handy portable air conditioning coolant.

Alexander Fleming discoverd that the mold 'penicillium' could be made into penicillin and cure many life-threatening diseases. It wasn't fully utilized until World War II.

Christine Collins committed to a psych ward in after her 9 year old son Walter went missing because when the LAPD 'found him' 5 months later, she denied that the boy returned to her was her child. The boy eventually confessed to being a runaway. It was revealed that her son was murdered in the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders led by a man named Gordon Stewart Northcott. Angelina Jolie played her in the 2008 film, Changeling.

Although Levi Struass first made his jeans in 1872, the company finally got around to tradmarking the name (Levi's™) in 1928. He never married, so he never passed his 'genes' to any children.

Mickey Mouse officially appeared for the first time in Steamboat Willie, and his birthday coincided with Willie's release date, November 18th. Mickey and Minnie debuted in the Silent cartoon short Plane Crazy, first released on May 15, 1928.

Mickey Mouse is currently older than many public domain works were at the time of their first Disney adaptation. This includes Snow White, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and The Jungle Book.

Amelia Earhart flew her plane east across the Atlantic Ocean successfully, the first female having done so.

The American Home Magazine (1928-1977)

Mechanix Illustrated Magazine (1928-2001)

The Weekly Reader (1928-2012)

The Habits

Reading The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
Reading Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley

Popular Movies:

The Cameraman, The Circus, The Crowd, The Docks of New York, Easy Virtue, The Fall of the House of Usher, In Old Arizona, The Last Command, The Man Who Laughs, Noah's Ark, October, The Passion of Joan of Arc, The Racket, The Road to Ruin, The Singing Fool, Speedy, Spies, Steamboat Bill Jr., Storm Over Asia, The Wind

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