1910 | 1911 | 1912 | 1913 | 1914 | 1915 | 1916 | 1917 | 1918 | 1919
1920 | 1921 | 1922 | 1923 | 1924 | 1925 | 1926 | 1927 | 1928 | 1929
1930 | 1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934 | 1935 | 1936 | 1937 | 1938 | 1939
1940 | 1941 | 1942 | 1943 | 1944 | 1945 | 1946 | 1947 | 1948 | 1949

1 Jan 1928
  • Trieste was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • Vojtech Tuka published an article claiming that there had been a secret clause to the 1918 declaration that formed the nation of Czechoslovakia which put Slovakia on a path to independence. This would soon lead to his arrest and imprisonment for treason. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Jan 1928
  • Earning a Medal of Honour, Lieutenant Christian F. Schilt flew a Vought O2U Corsair aircraft on ten trips between 6 and 8 Jan 1928 to the village of Quilali, Nicaragua to evacuate 18 US Marines wounded in fighting with hostile rebels. ww2dbase [AC]
21 Jan 1928

United Kingdom
  • HMS Hermes departed Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Jan 1928

Photo(s) dated 27 Jan 1928
USS Lexington firing her 55-caliber 8-inch guns, 27 Jan 1928Airship USS Los Angeles landing on carrier USS Saratoga, 27 Jan 1928
29 Jan 1928
  • Field Marshal Douglas Haig, the British Army Commander-in-Chief in the First World War, died. ww2dbase [AC]
1 Feb 1928

China
  • He Yingqin was made a member of the construction committee. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Hubert Lanz was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Maximilian von Weichs was promoted to the rank of Oberstleutnant. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
3 Feb 1928

Photo(s) dated 3 Feb 1928
Battleship Fuso preparing for a fleet review at Yokohama, Japan, 3 Feb 1928
15 Feb 1928

United Kingdom
  • Former British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith (Lord Oxford) of the Liberal Party died at his home at Sutton Courtenay, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [AC]
22 Feb 1928

China
  • Joseph Stilwell was made the Post Executive Officer at Tianjin, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Feb 1928
  • Cumberland was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Mar 1928

United States
  • The keel of heavy cruiser Chester was laid down by the New York Shipbuilding Company in Camden, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
15 Mar 1928

United Kingdom
18 Mar 1928

Hong Kong
  • HMS Hermes arrived at Hong Kong. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
25 Mar 1928

Photo(s) dated 25 Mar 1928
Lexington off Panama City during her shakedown cruise, 25 Mar 1928
1 Apr 1928 Japan
  • The towns of Kegoya, Yoshiura, and Aga were merged into Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
4 Apr 1928

Photo(s) dated 4 Apr 1928
Curtiss F6C fighters and Martin T3M torpedo bombers on Lexington
9 Apr 1928

Photo(s) dated 9 Apr 1928
Warships in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, 9-14 Apr 1928; large warships, left to right: Japanese battleship Mutsu, Japanese light cruiser Tenryu, British carrier Hermes, and Japanese battleship Fuso
11 Apr 1928

China
  • He Yingqin was made a member of the finance committee. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Apr 1928

France
  • Colbert was launched at Brest Naval Shipyard, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Apr 1928

China
  • Nationalist Chinese troops entered Jinan, Shandong Province, China. Japanese troops had entered that Chinese city without provocation several days prior. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 May 1928

United Kingdom
  • In the United Kingdom, the train Flying Scotsman successfully ran the 392 miles between Edinburgh, Scotland and London, England without stopping, a record at the time for a scheduled rail service. ww2dbase [AC]
3 May 1928

China
  • Japanese and Nationalist Chinese troops clashed in Jinan, Shandong Province, China; 12 Japanese civilians and 18 Chinese government officials were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 May 1928
Autopsy being performed on a Japanese civilian victim of the Jinan Incident, Jinan, Shandong, China, circa 3 May 1928, photo 1 of 3Autopsy being performed on a Japanese civilian victim of the Jinan Incident, Jinan, Shandong, China, circa 3 May 1928, photo 2 of 3Autopsy being performed on a Japanese civilian victim of the Jinan Incident, Jinan, Shandong, China, circa 3 May 1928, photo 3 of 3
4 May 1928

Photo(s) dated 4 May 1928
Damaged civilian homes, Jinan, Shandong Province, China, circa 4 May 1928, photo 1 of 8Damaged civilian homes, Jinan, Shandong Province, China, circa 4 May 1928, photo 2 of 8Damaged civilian homes, Jinan, Shandong Province, China, circa 4 May 1928, photo 3 of 8Damaged civilian homes, Jinan, Shandong Province, China, circa 4 May 1928, photo 4 of 8
See all photos dated 4 May 1928
5 May 1928

China
  • Chinese leader Chiang Kaishek conceded to demands of Japanese General Hikosuke Fukuda in order to de-escalate the violence taking place in Jinan, Shandong Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
8 May 1928
  • Cornwall was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 May 1928

United States
  • The cartoon character Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in the animated film Plane Crazy. ww2dbase [AC]
18 May 1928
  • Giulio Cesare was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Conte di Cavour was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
25 May 1928

Photo(s) dated 25 May 1928
Battleship Haruna undergoing post-conversion trials, 25 May 1928
4 Jun 1928

China
  • Zhang Jinghui was seriously wounded east of Huanggutun near Mukden, Fengtian Province (now Liaoning Province), China during the successful assassination attempt on warlord Zhang Zuolin. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
16 Jun 1928

Taiwan
  • Takeji Kawamura was named the governor-general of Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
21 Jun 1928

France
  • The keel of Foch was laid down at Arsenal de Brest, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Jul 1928

China
  • Joseph Stilwell was made the Chief of Staff of US forces in China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
3 Jul 1928

Germany
  • Heinrich Himmler married Margarete Boden. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
5 Jul 1928

Photo(s) dated 5 Jul 1928
Japanese destroyer Yuzuki, 5 Jul 1928
6 Jul 1928

Photo(s) dated 6 Jul 1928
Chinese leaders at the Mausoleum of Sun Yatsen celebrating the conclusion of the Northern Expedition, 6 Jul 1928; note Bai Chongxi at far left of photoChiang Kaishek with Feng Yuxiang, Yan Xishan, Li Zongren, 6 Jul 1928
10 Jul 1928
  • The Italian Army released members of the Blackshirt paramilitary organization between the age of 26 and 36 so that they could join the Blackshirt combat legions. ww2dbase [CPC]
12 Jul 1928

Brunei
  • Seria Well Number One (S-1) was drilled at the Seria River, marking the start of an attempt to find oil in Brunei. ww2dbase [CPC]
25 Jul 1928

China
  • Jiang Dingwen was named the commanding officer of the Chinese 9th Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • He Yingqin was made a member of the drug enforcement committee. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Aug 1928
  • Destroyer No. 34 was renamed Yuzuki. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The keel of HMS Exeter was laid down at Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
10 Aug 1928

China
  • Koji Miyake was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Kwantung Army in northeastern China. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan
  • Kenkichi Ueda was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Korechika Anami was made the commanding officer of 45th Infantry Regiment. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan
  • General Takashi Hishikari was named the commanding officer of the Taiwan Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
28 Aug 1928

China
  • He Yingqin stepped down as a member of the finance committee. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
29 Aug 1928

China
  • He Yingqin was made a member of the budget committee. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Aug 1928

Photo(s) dated 30 Aug 1928
Port bow view of US Navy river gunboat Panay during her standardization trial off Woosung, China, 30 Aug 1928
10 Sep 1928
  • Panay was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
13 Sep 1928
  • Douglas Bader took his first flight together with flight instructor W. J. "Pissy" Pearson. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Sep 1928

Photo(s) dated 15 Sep 1928
Kaga during trials, off Tateyama, Japan, 15 Sep 1928
22 Sep 1928

China
  • Joseph Stilwell departed Tianjin, China for a tour of Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Sep 1928

Japan
  • Settsu received a new commanding officer. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Sep 1928

Photo(s) dated 28 Sep 1928
Wedding photograph of Prince Yasuhito and Princess Setsuko, 28 Sep 1928, photo 1 of 2Wedding photograph of Prince Yasuhito and Princess Setsuko, 28 Sep 1928, photo 2 of 2
6 Oct 1928

United States
  • The United States government signed a contract with Goodyear-Zeppelin for the development of two rigid airships for the US Navy (USS Akron and USS Macon). Intended to operate with the ocean-going fleet and carrying three to four F9C Sparrowhawk aircraft each they would be the fastest airships ever built with a maximum speed of 84 miles per hour. ww2dbase [AC]
10 Oct 1928

China
  • Chiang Kaishek was made the Chairman of the Nationalist Government, making him the head of state of the Republic of China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Republic of China Military Academy in Nanjing, China created a command for the training of pilots. Lieutenant General Zhang Jingyu was placed in command with Li Ruyan as the deputy. Cadets would not join the program until Feb 1929. ww2dbase [CPC]
11 Oct 1928

United States
  • The German passenger airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Friedrichshafen, Germany to Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States, in a flight time of 71 hours. ww2dbase [AC]
20 Oct 1928

Photo(s) dated 20 Oct 1928
Haguro under construction in Drydock No. 3 of the Mitsubishi shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, 20 Oct 1928
24 Oct 1928

China
  • He Yingqin was named the deputy director of the Department of Training. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Oct 1928

China
  • Joseph Stilwell returned to Tianjin, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Nov 1928

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt was elected the governor of the state of New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Nov 1928

Japan
  • Emperor Showa was officially crowned the Emperor of Japan, even though he had been the head of state since his father Emperor Taisho's passing on 25 Dec 1926. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 10 Nov 1928
Emperor Showa (Hirohito) during his coronation ceremony, dressed in the robes of the high priest of State Shinto, 10 Nov 1928Enthronement ceremony of Emperor Showa, 10 Nov 1928
20 Nov 1928

Photo(s) dated 20 Nov 1928
Carrier Kaga at Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Japan, 20 Nov 1928
28 Nov 1928

Japan
1 Dec 1928

Japan
4 Dec 1928

Japan
6 Dec 1928

France
  • Duquesne was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Masafumi Arima completed his studies at the Naval War College. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Dec 1928
  • Commander Sakai was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yuzuki. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hiroaki Abe was promoted to the rank of commander. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Tamon Yamaguchi was promoted to the rank of commander. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Isoroku Yamamoto, future head of the Combined Fleet, became the new commanding officer of carrier Akagi. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Captain Yorio Sawamoto was named the commanding officer of Tenryu. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima was named the Vice Chief Gunnery Office of battleship Haruna. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Kaoru Matsushita was made the commanding officer of Maizuru work department in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Eijiro Hamano was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Dec 1928
  • Thomas Hitchcock married Margaret Mellon in New York City, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 Dec 1928

United Kingdom
  • Roderick Carr was named a flight commander in No. 9 Squadron RAF. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Dec 1928
  • Iwane Matsui was attached to the Japanese Army General Staff. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Dec 1928

Germany
  • Erwin Rommel's son Manfred was born in Stuttgart, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
31 Dec 1928

China
  • Zhaohe was recommissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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