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O. V. Hunt photo of c. 1928 work on Birmingham Electric Company streetcar lines on 20th Street North.

1928 was the 57th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.




Irwin's Tie Shop, opened 1928





Snitz Snider in 1928



Protective Life Building




Thornton Dial, born September 10, 1928
George Lindsey, born December 17, 1928




Henry Higginbotham, died January 25, 1928


In 1928 the Ford Motor Co. opened their massive River Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan. The Winter Olympics were held in St Moritz, Switzerland and the Summer Games in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Hassan al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Regular television broadcasting began in Schenectady, New York. Amelia Earhart completed a trans-Atlantic flight. Alexander Fleming rediscovered Penicillin. Josemaría Escrivá founded Opus Dei. Haile Selassie was crowned king of Abyssinia. The International Red Cross was founded. Turkey introduced a new western-inspired alphabet. Herbert Hoover defeated Al Smith in the 1928 U.S. presidential election.

Wings won Best Picture at the first Academy Awards while The Singing Fool, Street Angel, Lilac Time, Four Sons and Noah's Ark were the top-grossing films. Mickey Mouse made his film debut in "Steamboat Willie". Books published in 1928 included Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence, Coming of Age in Samoa by anthropologist Margaret Mead. The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne, and All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Bertolt Brecht's "Die Dreigroschenoper" opened in Berlin and Maurice Ravel's "Boléro" premiered in Paris.

Notable births in 1928 included actors James Coburn, James Garner, Shirley Temple and Adam West; artists Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, and Andy Warhol; astronaut Jim Lovell; composer Ennio Morricone; director Stanley Kubrick; hairdresser Vidal Sassoon; hockey star Gordie Howe; Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon; revolutionary Che Guevara; singers Burt Bacharach, Rosemary Clooney, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Serge Gainsbourg, and Tom Lehrer; television hosts Fred Rogers and Ruth Westheimer; vice president Walter Mondale; and writers Maya Angelou, Philip K. Dick, Maurice Sendak, and Elie Wiesel.

Notable 1928 deaths included writer Thomas Hardy, British prime minister H. H. Asquith, composer Leoš Janáček, explorer Roald Amundsen, and Patriarch Gregory IV of Antioch.

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