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Photo(s) dated
A badly retouched photograph of the St. Louis being launched from Slip IV of Bremer Vulkan shipyard, Germany, 2 Aug 1928
1 Jan 1928
  • Trieste was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Trieste | 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 [Vojtech Tuka | 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 [Hermes | 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 [He Yingqin | CPC]
Germany
  • Hubert Lanz was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Hubert Lanz | CPC]
  • Maximilian von Weichs was promoted to the rank of Oberstleutnant. ww2dbase [Maximilian von Weichs | 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]
16 Feb 1928

United States
  • Captain Frank Lyon was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States. ww2dbase [New York Navy Yard | CPC]
22 Feb 1928

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

Germany
  • Emden arrived at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. ww2dbase [Emden | CPC]
15 Mar 1928

United Kingdom
  • HMS Exeter was ordered. ww2dbase [Exeter | CPC]
18 Mar 1928

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

Photo(s) dated 25 Mar 1928
Lexington off Panama City during her shakedown cruise, 25 Mar 1928
1 Apr 1928
  • Werner von Blomberg was promoted to the rank of Generalmajor. ww2dbase [Werner von Blomberg | CPC]
  • Walther von Brauchitsch was promoted to the rank of Oberst. ww2dbase [Walther von Brauchitsch | CPC]
  • Light carrier Hosho was assigned to Carrier Division 1. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
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 [He Yingqin | CPC]
20 Apr 1928

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

Germany
  • The former shipbuilder Tecklenborg Werft of Bremerhaven, Germany ceased operations. ww2dbase [Tecklenborg Werft | AG]
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 [Jinan Incident | 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 [Jinan Incident | 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 [Jinan Incident | CPC]
8 May 1928
  • Cornwall was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Cornwall | 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 [Giulio Cesare | CPC]
  • Conte di Cavour was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Conte di Cavour | CPC]
25 May 1928

Photo(s) dated 25 May 1928
Battleship Haruna undergoing post-conversion trials, 25 May 1928
3 Jun 1928
  • Milton Miles was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | CPC]
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 [Zhang Jinghui | 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 [Foch | CPC]
1 Jul 1928

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

United States
  • Rear Admiral Louis R. de Steiguer was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States. ww2dbase [New York Navy Yard | CPC]
3 Jul 1928

Germany
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 [Jiang Dingwen | CPC]
  • He Yingqin was made a member of the drug enforcement committee. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | CPC]
27 Jul 1928
  • Kasuga rescued the crew of the semi-rigid airship N3 after it exploded in heavy weather during fleet maneuvers. ww2dbase [Kasuga | CPC]
1 Aug 1928
  • Destroyer No. 34 was renamed Yuzuki. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
Japan
  • Destroyer No. 1 was renamed Kamikaze. ww2dbase [Kamikaze | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The keel of HMS Exeter was laid down at Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Exeter | 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 [Kenkichi Ueda | CPC]
  • Korechika Anami was made the commanding officer of 45th Infantry Regiment. ww2dbase [Korechika Anami | CPC]
Taiwan
  • General Takashi Hishikari was named the commanding officer of the Taiwan Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
16 Aug 1928

Photo(s) dated 16 Aug 1928
Launching ceremony of SS Bremen, Deschimag shipyard, Bremen, Germany, 16 Aug 1928
28 Aug 1928

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

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

Finland
  • Alpo Marttinen was promoted to the rank of 2nd lieutenant in the Finnish Army Reserve. ww2dbase [Alpo Marttinen | CPC]
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 [Panay | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Yoshiyuki Niiyama was named the commanding officer of Nachi. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
13 Sep 1928
  • Douglas Bader took his first flight together with flight instructor W. J. "Pissy" Pearson. ww2dbase [Douglas Bader | 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 [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
27 Sep 1928

Japan
  • Settsu received a new commanding officer. ww2dbase [Settsu | 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
1 Oct 1928

Germany
  • Major worker strikes began at Atlas Werke AG in Bremen, Germany. ww2dbase [Atlas Werke AG | AG]
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 [Chiang Kaishek | 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 [He Yingqin | CPC]
30 Oct 1928

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

Japan
  • Chiaki Matsuda graudated from the Naval War College in Kamiosaki, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt was elected the governor of the state of New York, United States. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | 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 [Showa | 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
  • Nachi was commissioned into service and was assigned to the Sasebo Naval District, Japan. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
1 Dec 1928

Japan
  • Tenryu was assigned to Kure, Japan as a training vessel for the Japanese Navy Academy and Submarine School. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
4 Dec 1928
  • Commander Baron Masaki Shibayama was made the commanding officer of Kamoi. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Estonia
  • Nikolai Reek stepped down as the Minister of War of Estonia. ww2dbase [Nikolai Reek | CPC]
Japan
  • Nachi attended Emperor Showa's Coronation Naval Review at Yokohama, Japan. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
5 Dec 1928

Germany
  • Emden departed Wilhelmshaven, Germany. ww2dbase [Emden | CPC]
6 Dec 1928

France
  • Duquesne was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Duquesne | CPC]
Japan
  • Masafumi Arima completed his studies at the Naval War College. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
10 Dec 1928
  • Hiroaki Abe was promoted to the rank of commander. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | CPC]
  • Tamon Yamaguchi was promoted to the rank of commander. ww2dbase [Tamon Yamaguchi | CPC]
  • Commander Sakai was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yuzuki. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
  • Baron Masaki Shibayama was promoted to the rank of captain and remained the commanding officer of Kamoi. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Isoroku Yamamoto, future head of the Combined Fleet, became the new commanding officer of carrier Akagi. ww2dbase [Akagi | CPC]
  • Captain Yorio Sawamoto was named the commanding officer of Tenryu. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima was named the Vice Chief Gunnery Office of battleship Haruna. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Kaoru Matsushita was made the commanding officer of Maizuru work department in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Maizuru Naval Arsenal | CPC]
  • Chiaki Matsuda was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander and was assigned to the Bureau of Personnel in the Navy Ministry. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was assigned to First Expeditionary Fleet as a staff officer. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Eijiro Hamano was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | CPC]
15 Dec 1928
  • Thomas Hitchcock married Margaret Mellon in New York City, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Thomas Hitchcock | CPC]
17 Dec 1928

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

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

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

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




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