28 Oct 1885
28 Oct 1895

  • Prince Hiroyasu arrived in Japan. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | CPC]
28 Oct 1902

  • Kenkichi Ueda was made the deputy commanding officer of 12th Cavalry Regiment. ww2dbase [Kenkichi Ueda | CPC]
28 Oct 1909

  • Yi Geon was born in Korea. ww2dbase [Yi Geon | CPC]
28 Oct 1911

  • Haichou fired on revolutionary forces at Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. ww2dbase [Haichou | Wuhan, Hubei | CPC]
  • Haichen fired on revolutionary forces at Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. ww2dbase [Haichen | Wuhan, Hubei | CPC]
28 Oct 1914
28 Oct 1916
  • German fighter Ace Hauptmann Osward Boelcke was killed when the wing of his Albatros scout was struck by the undercarriage of another Albatros flown by Leutnant Boehme. ww2dbase [AC]
28 Oct 1918

  • Karl von Le Suire was awarded the Wound Badge in Black. ww2dbase [Karl von Le Suire | CPC]
28 Oct 1922
  • Four columns of National Fascist Party paramilitary personnel, as known as the Blackshirts, marched into Rome. As a result, King Vittorio Emanuele handed over political power to Benito Mussolini. ww2dbase [Benito Mussolini | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Oct 1922
Benito Mussolini with Emilio De Bono, Italo Balbo, and Cesare Maria De Vecchi during the March on Rome, Italy, 28 Oct 1922
28 Oct 1929

United States
  • Black Monday: In the United States, Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 13% on the stock market. ww2dbase [New York | AC]

28 Oct 1929 Interactive Map

28 Oct 1930
  • Cruiser Köln began to perform gunnery drills in the North Atlantic. ww2dbase [Köln | CPC]
28 Oct 1932

Hong Kong
  • HMS Hermes arrived at Hong Kong. ww2dbase [Hermes | CPC]
28 Oct 1935

United States

28 Oct 1935 Interactive Map

28 Oct 1936
  • The first 25 I-15 fighters, accompanied by 15 Soviet pilots, arrived in Cartagena, Spain. ww2dbase [I-15 | CPC]
  • A TB-3-4AM-34FRN aircraft, piloted by A. B. Yumashev, broke the payload-to-altitude record by carrying a 5,000-kilogram load to the altitude of 8,900 meters. ww2dbase [TB-3 | CPC]
28 Oct 1937

  • Japanese troops attacked the Sihang Warehouse in Shanghai, China with light field guns. In the evening, trucks loaded with donated supplies from Shanghai residents reached the warehouse; Japanese snipers killed three Chinese soldiers while they were unloading the trucks. ww2dbase [Second Battle of Shanghai | Shanghai | CPC]
United States

28 Oct 1937 Interactive Map

28 Oct 1938

  • Germany expelled 15,000 to 17,000 Jews of Polish origin across the Polish border. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • Fleet escort ship F3 was decommissioned for conversion into a fleet tender. ww2dbase [F3 | CPC]
  • Fleet escort ship F6 was decommissioned from service for conversion into a fleet tender. ww2dbase [F6 | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Oct 1938
Polish-German Jews being gathered for deportation, Nürnberg, Germany, 28 Oct 1938, photo 1 of 3Polish-German Jews being gathered for deportation, Nürnberg, Germany, 28 Oct 1938, photo 2 of 3Polish-German Jews being gathered for deportation, Nürnberg, Germany, 28 Oct 1938, photo 3 of 3
28 Oct 1939

Atlantic Ocean
  • German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee received fuel from and transferred British prisoners to tanker Altmark near Tristan de Cunha in the South Atlantic. ww2dbase [Altmark Incident | Altmark | CPC]
Hawaii Photo(s) dated 28 Oct 1939
German He 111 medium bomber after crash landing near Humbie, Scotland, United Kingdom, 28 Oct 1939. This bomber was on a reconnaissance mission when it was shot down by British fighters.

28 Oct 1939 Interactive Map

28 Oct 1940
  • Pierre Laval became the Foreign Minister of Vichy France. ww2dbase [Pierre Laval | TH]
  • German raider Pinguin and auxilliary minelayer Passat began to lay mines off Sydney, Newcastle, Hobart, Melbourne, and other locations along the long Australian coast line. ww2dbase [Pinguin | CPC]
  • HMS Edinburgh completed her refitting at Tyne, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Edinburgh | CPC]
  • HMS Eagle patrolled the western coast of Greece. ww2dbase [Eagle | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-32 sunk British troop ship Empress of Britain, under tow as she was damaged by aircraft two day prior, with two torpedoes 50 miles northwest of Aran Island, Ireland at 0205 hours, killing 25 crew and 20 passengers. At 42,348 tons, she would become the largest German submarine victim. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Greek leader Ioannis Metaxas rejected the Italian ultimatum; realizing the Italians were already preparing for an invasion, he noted "Alors, c'est la guerre" ("Then, it's war"). 85,000 Italian troops crossed the border from Albania, outnumbering the 30,000-strong Greek Army. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | Ioannis Metaxas | TH]
  • Adolf Hitler traveled to Florence, Italy for a meeting with Benito Mussolini in an attempt to stop the Italians from attacking Greece, but it was too late. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Florence, Toscana | TH]
  • At the Axis leaders' meeting in Florence, Italy, Adolf Hitler told Benito Mussolini that "Germany could make available a division of airborne troops and a division of parachute troops" should he wish to invade Crete, Greece. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | Adolf Hitler | Florence, Toscana | AC]
United Kingdom
  • Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Britain pledged support for Greece against the Italian invasion. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | Winston Churchill | London, England | CPC]
  • An additional 489,000 children had been evacuated from the greater London area in England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [London, England | TH]
  • At 1300 and 1430 hours, German fighters conducted sweeps towards the British airfield at Biggin Hill in England, United Kingdom, but were turned back. Between 1630 and 1710 hours, Bf 109 fighter-bombers and Ju 88 bombers attacked various sites in southern England; 2 Bf 109 and Ju 88 aircraft were shot down without any British aircraft losses. Overnight, London and Birmingham were bombed. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | CPC]
28 Oct 1941
  • 34,000 Jews were massacred in Kiev, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • American destroyer Anderson detected a submarine contacted and dropped depth charges; shortly after, she reported seeing "considerable oil slick". ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-432 sank British ship Ulea 320 miles northeast of the Azores islands at 0500 hours; 19 were killed, 9 survived and were rescued by British corvettes HMS La Malouine and HMS Bluebell. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-106 sank British ship King Malcolm in the North Atlantic, killing all 38 aboard. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-68 sank British ship Hazelside 600 miles southeast off the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic at 0343 hours; 2 were killed, 44 survived and picked up by British merchant ship Malayan Prince. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Axis forces rehearsed for the planned assault on the besieged city of Tobruk, Libya. ww2dbase [Siege of Tobruk | CPC]
  • Aleksandr Vasilevsky was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. ww2dbase [Aleksandr Vasilevsky | CPC]
  • Zang Shiyi signed a document in Nanjing, China that formally recognized Manchukuo's recognition of fellow Japanese-sponsored puppet state in the formal Chinese capital. ww2dbase [Zang Shiyi | Nanjing | CPC]
  • Soviet General Grigoriy Savchenko was executed without trial. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Nikolai Rychagov, Rychagov's wife, and other accused conspirators were executed by the Soviets near Kuibyshev (now Samara), Russia. ww2dbase [Kuibyshev | CPC]
  • The Soviet Military Collegium evacuated Moscow, Russia for Chkalov (now Orenburg), Russia. ww2dbase [Battle of Moscow | Moscow | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Oct 1941
F4F-3 Wildcat inside USS EnterpriseF4F-3 Wildcat undergoing maintenance in USS EnterpriseHMS Edinburgh off Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 28 Oct 1941

28 Oct 1941 Interactive Map

28 Oct 1942
  • The construction of the Alaska-Canadian Highway was completed; it would not be dedicated until 20 Nov 1942. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied convoy UCF 1, containing troops and equipment for the invasion of French North Africa, was met by carriers Ranger, Sangamon, Suwannee, Chenango, and Santee which had sailed from Bermuda. Task Force 34 now contained the full invasion force of 102 ships, carrying 35,000 American troops; the force sailed for Casablanca. ww2dbase [Operation Torch | CPC]
  • Australian troops captured Kokoda airfield in New Guinea. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
  • Arturo Riccardi was promoted to the rank of full admiral. ww2dbase [Arturo Riccardi | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Shokaku arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands for emergency repairs. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Truk | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Truk | CPC]
  • Repair ship Akashi began repairing carrier Shokaku at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
Hawaii Marshall Islands
  • Kamoi departed Jaluit, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Jaluit | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale patrolled the waters south of Bungo Channel between the islands of Shikoku and Kyushu, Japan. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
  • Destroyer USS Shaw transferred survivors of USS Porter to battleship USS South Dakota while en route Efate in the New Hebrides. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | South Dakota | Shaw | DS]
Poland Photo(s) dated 28 Oct 1942
Two Germans ensuring that this group of massacred Ukrainian Jews were indeed all dead, near Mizocz, Ukraine, Oct 1942Katyusha rocket launchers firing near Stalingrad, Russia, 28 Oct 1942Destroyer USS Shaw transferring survivors of sunken destroyer USS Porter to battleship USS South Dakota (foreground) while underway toward Efate, New Hebrides, 28 Oct 1942.

28 Oct 1942 Interactive Map

28 Oct 1943
  • USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese transport east of the Philippine Islands, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired; she attacked another transport of the same convoy four hours later in failure, with all 3 torpedoes fired missing. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories Caroline Islands
  • Naka arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Naka | Truk | CPC]
French Indochina
  • Japanese Kempeitei agents extended protection to Tran Trong Kim in Hanoi, Tonkin, French Indochina, who was being investigated by French authorities. ww2dbase [Tran Trong Kim | Hanoi, Tonkin | CPC]
  • Italian destroyers FR 23 and FR 31, which were captured French destroyers previously named Tigre and Trombe, were returned to the French Navy at Bizerte, Tunisia. The high tension between Italian and French sailors led to a brawl, which was broken up by American military policemen. ww2dbase [Bizerte | CPC]
United States

28 Oct 1943 Interactive Map

28 Oct 1944
  • German forces evacuated Albania. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German forces in Netherlands started withdrawing to Walcheren in the face of Canadian pressure. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German 4.Armee stubbornly resisted around Goldap, East Prussia, Germany, halting the Soviet advance. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The Finnmark region of Norway was ordered by the Germans to be evacuated and destroyed. Nearly 50,000 people were forced to flee and over 10,000 homes are destroyed. ww2dbase [TH]
  • One day after a mission over Rabaul, New Britain in which unmanned TDR drones damaged some buildings, the US Navy canceled the TDR project. ww2dbase [TDR | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Brunei. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
China Czechoslovakia
  • General Rudolf Viest sent a message to the Czechoslovakian government-in-exile in Britain that the organized resistance had ended. ww2dbase [Slovak National Uprising | CPC]
Hawaii Hungary Italy Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wasp departed waters off Philippine Islands for Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
  • Destroyer USS Helm, assisted by destroyer USS Gridley and TBF Avenger aircraft from carrier USS Belleau Wood, sinks either Japanese submarine I-46 or I-54, 100 miles east of Samar, Philippines. [Both I-46 and I-54 were lost the same day in the same area so there is some uncertainty, but I-46 is more likely.] ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | Belleau Wood | Gridley | Helm | DS]
Philippines Poland Russia
  • Allied convoy JW-61 arrived at the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Murmansk | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • HMS King George V departed Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Scapa Flow | King George V | Scapa Flow, Scotland | CPC]
  • Deptford, one of the most heavily hit London boroughs by V-1 flying bombs was hit again; the bomb crashed into Milton Court Road, killing one and injuring others. Flight Lieutenant Ernie Williams flying a Tempest V fighter (EJ590/SD-L) shot down his tenth and final V-1 flying bomb. ww2dbase [London, England | HM]
Photo(s) dated 28 Oct 1944
A Canadian gun-tractor skidded off the road on the flooded island of Beveland, the Netherlands, 28 Oct 1944

28 Oct 1944 Interactive Map

28 Oct 1945

Dutch East Indies
  • Sukrano arrived in Surabaya, Java, Indonesia one day after Communist youths attacked Indian troops and European former prisoners of war, attempting to de-escalate the situation. ww2dbase [Surabaya, Java | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Oct 1945
Standard disposition for Japanese convoy escorts, annex D of Lieutenant Commander YasumotoDrawing of bombing and strafing attacks on Japanese convoy off Taiwan on 30 Jan 1945, annex C of Lieutenant Commander YasumotoDrawing of two submarine attacks on Japanese convoys in Nov 1944, annex B of Lieutenant Commander YasumotoDrawing of submarine attack on Japanese convoy off Philippine Islands on 10 Apr 1944, annex A of Lieutenant Commander Yasumoto
28 Oct 1946

  • Thai Prime Minister Thamrong announced that Thailand would return the territory taken in May 1941 back to French Indochina. ww2dbase [Franco-Thai War | CPC]
28 Oct 1947
  • Louis Mountbatten was made Earl Mountbatten of Burma. ww2dbase [Louis Mountbatten | CPC]
28 Oct 1948
  • The High Command Trial (The United States of America vs. Wilhelm von Leeb, et al) ended in Nuremberg. 13 generals and 1 admiral of the German military were tried, many of them were found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. ww2dbase [Nuremberg Trials and Other Trials Against Germany | CPC]
28 Oct 1952

Photo(s) dated 28 Oct 1952
USS Iowa entering Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii with her rails manned as she prepares to pass the sunken USS Arizona, 28 Oct 1952

28 Oct 1952 Interactive Map

28 Oct 1955

United States
  • USS Barbero was recommissioned into service. ww2dbase [Barbero | CPC]
28 Oct 1959

United States
28 Oct 1962

Photo(s) dated 28 Oct 1962
USS Canberra underway during the Cuban Missile Crisis, 28 Oct 1962
28 Oct 2011

United States

28 Oct 2011 Interactive Map

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