1928 in the United Kingdom
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Events from the year 1928 in the United Kingdom.
- 6–7 January - River Thames floods in London; 14 drown. On 7 January the moat at the Tower of London (drained in 1843 and planted with grass) is completely refilled by a tidal wave.
- 11–19 February - Great Britain and Northern Ireland compete at the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland and win one bronze medal.
- 12 February
- 18 February - The Australian sport of Speedway is competitively demonstrated for the first time in the UK with a meet at High Beach in Epping Forest.
- 12 March - Malta becomes a British dominion.
- May - First run of the Flying Scotsman steam-hauled express train from London to Edinburgh (although earlier services had been unofficially known by this name).
- 5 May - William Ralph "Dixie" Dean finishes the football season with a Football League record of 60 goals from Football League First Division champions Everton.
- 7 May - Passage of the Representation of the People Act lowers the voting age for women from 30 to 21 giving them equal suffrage with men.
- 16 May - Opening of Royal Tweed Bridge, Berwick-upon-Tweed, constructed from reinforced concrete to the design of L. G. Mouchel & Partners.
- 17 May–12 August - Great Britain and Northern Ireland compete at the Olympics in Amsterdam and win 3 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze medals.
- 27 June - 25 people killed in the Darlington rail crash.
- 3 July - John Logie Baird demonstrates colour television.
- 27 July - Tich Freeman becomes only bowler ever to take 200 first-class wickets before the end of July.
- 26 August - May Donoghue finds the remains of a snail in her ginger beer, leading to the landmark case Donoghue v. Stevenson.
- 3 September - Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin at St Mary's Hospital, London.
- 15 September - Tich Freeman sets all-time record for number of wickets taken in an English cricket season.
- 28 September - Dangerous Drugs Act 1925 comes into effect, placing restrictions on the use of cannabis.
- 10 October - Tyne Bridge opens, connecting Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.
- 12 November - Randall Davidson becomes the first Archbishop of Canterbury to retire, having served for twenty-five years, the longest in this office since the Reformation. He is created 1st Baron Davidson of Lambeth three days later.
- 15 November - The Mary Stanford life-boat capsizes on service in Rye Harbour: all 17 crew lost.
- 22 November - Following passage of the Currency and Banknotes Act on 2 July, the Bank of England resumes responsibility for issue of banknotes from HM Treasury and issues pound and (for the first time) ten shilling notes, the first to be printed in colour and on both sides.
- 4 December - Cosmo Lang enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury.
- 20 December - The first Harry Ramsden's fish and chip shop opens in Yorkshire.
- 24 December - First Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols to be broadcast from King's College, Cambridge, by BBC Radio.
- Mond–Turner talks between industrialist Sir Alfred Mond and chairman of the Trades Union Congress Ben Turner on consensual approaches to industrial relations.
- First high-voltage electricity pylon for the National Grid is erected, near Edinburgh.
- Frederick Griffith conducts Griffith's experiment, indirectly proving the existence of DNA.
- Owen Willans Richardson wins the 1928 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his work on the thermionic phenomenon and especially for the discovery of the law named after him". This award was announced on 12 November 1929.
- Heinz Baked Beans are manufactured in the UK for the first time.
- British Home Stores opens its first department store at Brixton, London.
- Everton F.C. win the Championship.
- Blackburn Rovers F.C. 3 Huddersfield F.C. 1 (F.A. Cup)
- René Lacoste Wimbledon Mens Champion
- Helen Wills Wimbledon Women's Champion
- Edmund Blunden's biographical Undertones of War.
- Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novel The Mystery of the Blue Train.
- Ford Madox Ford's novel Last Post, last of the Parade's End tetralogy.
- Radclyffe Hall's novel The Well of Loneliness.
- Aldous Huxley's novel Point Counter Point.
- D. H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover published in Italy; it will not be published in Britain until 1960.
- W. Somerset Maugham’s short stories Ashenden: Or the British Agent.
- Oxford English Dictionary completed.
- Evelyn Waugh's novel Decline and Fall.
- Clough Williams-Ellis' tract England and the Octopus.
- Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando: A Biography.
- 17 January - Vidal Sassoon, cosmetologist
- 24 January - Desmond Morris, anthropologist and writer
- 14 February - David Kimche, British-born Israeli diplomat (died 2010)
- 22 February - Bruce Forsyth, entertainer
- 4 March - Alan Sillitoe, writer (died 2010)
- 30 March - Tom Sharpe, author
- 8 April - Eric Porter, actor (died 1995)
- 19 April - Alexis Korner, musician (died 1984)
- 9 May - Colin Chapman, automotive engineer (died 1982)
- 1 June - Bob Monkhouse, comedian and game show host (died 2003)
- 5 June - Tony Richardson, film director (died 1991)
- 6 June - R. D. Wingfield, novelist and radio dramatist (died 2007)
- 19 June - Barry Took, comedian, writer and television presenter (died 2002)
- 21 June - Maurice Line, librarian (died 2010)
- 28 June - Harold Evans, newspaper editor
- 16 July - Anita Brookner, novelist and art historian
- 22 July - Jimmy Hill, footballer and television sports presenter
- 26 July - Bernice Rubens, novelist (died 2004)
- 15 August - Nicolas Roeg, film director
- 17 September - Roddy McDowall, actor (died 1998)
- 8 October - Bill Maynard, actor
- 9 October - Geoff Coppock, all round good egg
- 22 November - Pat Smythe, show jumper (died 1996)
- 29 December - Bernard Cribbins, actor
- 11 January - Thomas Hardy, writer (born 1840)
- 29 January - Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, soldier (born 1861)
- 15 February - Herbert Henry Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (born 1852)
- 5 April - Jane Ellen Harrison, scholar, linguist and feminist (born 1850)
- 5 April - Roy Kilner, cricketer (born 1890)
- 1 May - Ebenezer Howard, urban planner (born 1850)
- 14 June - Emmeline Pankhurst, suffragette (born 1858)
- 10 December - Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect (born 1868)
- "Haig Pit Disasters - 13th Dec. 1927 & 12th Feb. 1928". HealeyHero. http://www.healeyhero.co.uk/rescue/pits/Haig/Haig4.htm#top. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 369–370. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
- "Royal Tweed Bridge". Engineering Timelines. http://www.engineering-timelines.com/scripts/engineeringItem.asp?id=378. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
- The Hutchinson Factfinder. Helicon. 1999. ISBN 1-85986-000-1.
- "Royal Society of Chemistry Press Release (PDF)". http://www.rsc.org/pdf/pressoffice/2003/penicillin.pdf. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
- Blackwood, Sean. "How cannabis was criminalised". Independent Drug Monitoring Unit. http://www.idmu.co.uk/historical.html. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
- Mews, Stuart (2004). "Davidson, Randall Thomas, Baron Davidson of Lambeth (1848–1930)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/32733. Retrieved 2011-03-29. Subscription or UK public library membership required
- London Gazette: . 16 November 1928.
- "United Kingdom Banknotes". http://www.btinternet.com/~ianb/sterling.htm. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
- Wilkinson, Alan (2004). "Lang, (William) Cosmo Gordon, Baron Lang of Lambeth (1864–1945)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/34398. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
- Nine lessons and carols: History of the service, King's College Chapel, http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/chapel/ninelessons/history.html, retrieved 2008-03-09 .
- "The Mond-Turner talks". TUC. 1968. http://www.tuc.org.uk/the_tuc/tuc-3225-f5.cfm. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- Shaw, Alan (29 September 2005). "Kelvin to Weir, and on to GB SYS 2005" (PDF). Royal Society of Edinburgh. http://www.royalsoced.org.uk/enquiries/energy/evidence/ShawA1.pdf. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
- BBC: The Genius of Design - Designs for living
- "The Nobel Prize in Physics 1928". http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1928/. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
- Keating, H. R. F. (1982). Whodunit? – a guide to crime, suspense and spy fiction. London: Windward. ISBN 0-7112-0249-4.
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