Historical Events on January 28

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1077 German King Henry IV is absolved by Holy Roman Emperor Pope Gregory VII after his penitent Walk to Canossa.

Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV
Holy Roman Emperor
Henry IV
  • 1099 1st Crusaders begins siege of Hosn-el-Akrad Syria
  • 1262 Flemish/Dutch coast ravaged by north westerly storm
  • 1393 Fire during Royal Ball at Paris, 4 die (Ball of the Ardents)
  • 1495 Pope Alexander VI (Roderic Llançol i de Borgia) gives his son Cesare as hostage to Charles VIII of France

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1521 Emperor Charles V opens the Diet of Worms in Worms, Germany which lasts until May 25th. Produced the "Edict of Worms" which dennouced Martin Luther

Founder of Protestanism Martin Luther
Founder of Protestanism
Martin Luther
Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V

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1547 9-year-old Edward VI succeeds Henry VIII as king of England

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1561 By Edict of Orleans French persecution of Huguenots is suspended
  • 1573 Articles of Warsaw Confederation are signed, sanctioning freedom of religion in Poland.

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1581 James VI signs 2nd Confession of Faith in Scotland

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • 1624 Sir Thomas Warner founds the first English colony in the Caribbean, on Saint Kitts.
  • 1689 English parliament resolved that the throne is vacant

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1724 The Russian Academy of Sciences was founded in St. Petersburg by Peter the Great, and implemented in the Senate decree. It was called St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences until 1917.

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • 1754 Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coins the word serendipity
  • 1760 Pownal, Vermont created by Benning Wentworth as one of the New Hampshire Grants.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1770 Frederick North becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain after Augustus FitzRoy resigns

British Prime Minister Frederick North
British Prime Minister
Frederick North
  • 1787 Philadelphia's Free Africa Society organizes
  • 1788 Lord Gordon found guilty of libel of queen of France
  • 1807 London's Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight

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1813 Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is published by Thomas Egerton in the United Kingdom.

Novelist Jane Austen
Jane Austen
  • 1814 Stendahl's 1st book is published

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1819 Sir Stamford Raffles lands in Singapore

British Statesman and Founder of Singapore Stamford Raffles
British Statesman and Founder of Singapore
Stamford Raffles
  • 1820 Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discover the continent of Antarctica
  • 1824 William Kneass becomes 3rd US chief engraver (1824-40)
  • 1830 Opera "Fra Diavolo" premieres in Paris
  • 1846 Battle of Allwal, British beat Sikhs in Punjab
  • 1848 King of Naples grants his subjects a constitution
  • 1851 Northwestern University (Chicago) chartered
  • 1855 The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway.
  • 1860 Britain formally returns Mosquito Coast to Nicaragua
  • 1864 Battle of New Bern, NC

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1865 Confederate President Jefferson Davis names 3 peace commissioners

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1871 Paris surrenders to Prussians
  • 1878 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, CT)
  • 1878 George W Coy hired as 1st full-time telephone operator
  • 1878 Yale Daily News published, 1st college daily newspaper
  • 1881 Battle at Laing's Neck Natal: Boers beat superior powered British

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1885 Commission for Auguste Rodin's sculpture 'The Burghers of Calais' signed by the Municipal Council of Calais.

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin
  • 1887 England all out for 45 v Aust SCG, their lowest total ever
  • 1887 In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes are reported, being 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick.

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1887 Work begins on the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel
  • 1893 Edward Mcdowell's "Hamlet & Ophelia" premieres in Boston
  • 1899 American Social Science Association incorporated by Congress
  • 1902 Carnegie Institute founded in Washington, D.C.
  • 1904 1st college sports letters given to Seniors who played on University of Chicago's football team are awarded blankets with letter "C" on them
  • 1909 US military forces leave Cuba for 2nd time
  • 1911 Frenchman Henri Rougier wins 1st Rally of Monte Carlo
  • 1914 1st Millrose Games (athletics) held (NYC)
  • 1914 Beverly Hills, Ca, is incorporated
  • 1915 1st US ship lost in WW I, William P Frye (carrying wheat to UK)
  • 1915 US Coast Guard created from Life Saving & Revenue Cutter services

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1915 US President Woodrow Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1916 1st Jewish Supreme Court justice, Louis Brandeis, appointed by Wilson
  • 1916 German colony of Cameroon surrenders to Britain & France
  • 1916 Opera "Goyescas" premieres (NYC)
  • 1917 Municipally owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco, California.
  • 1918 Strike on Berlin ammunition factory
  • 1918 Finnish Civil War: Rebels seized control of the capital, Helsinki, and members of the Senate of Finland go underground.
  • 1922 J E Clair turns Green Bay franchise back to NFL
  • 1922 Knickerbocker Storm, Washington, D.C.'s biggest snowfall, causes the city's greatest loss of life when the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater collapses, killing 98 patrons.
  • 1923 Demonstration against a Dutch University in Ghent
  • 1925 -46°F (-43°C), Pittsburgh, New Hampshire (state record)
  • 1927 Serbian-Croatian-Slavic government of Oezonowitsj falls
  • 1928 Christopher Hornsrud chosen PM of Norway
  • 1929 22nd Women's Australian Championships: Daphne Akhurst beats Louise Bickerton (6-1, 5-7, 6-2)
  • 1929 22nd Men's Australian Championships: Colin Gregory beats Richard Schlesinger (6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5)

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1931 Bradman scores 220 NSW v Victoria, 308 mins, 13 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1932 1st US state unemployment insurance act enacted (Wisconsin)
  • 1932 Japanese forces attack Shanghai.
  • 1933 French government of Paul Boncour falls
  • 1933 German government of Von Schleicher falls
  • 1933 The name "Pakistan" is coined by Choudhry Rahmat Ali and gradually accepted by Muslims in the Indian sub-continent who use it to push for a separate Muslim homeland in South Asia
  • 1934 1st US ski tow (rope) begins operation (Woodstock, Vermont)
  • 1935 Iceland becomes 1st western country to legalize abortion
  • 1936 Pravda criticizes Shostakovitch's "Lady Macbeth" opera
  • 1939 32nd Women's Australian Championships: Emily Hood Westacott beats Nell Hall Hopman (6-1, 6-2)
  • 1939 32nd Men's Australian Championships: John Bromwich beats Adrian Quist (6-4, 6-1, 6-3)
  • 1941 French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
  • 1942 Soviet troops under General Timoshenko's troops move into Ukraine
  • 1942 German troops occupy Benghazi Libya
  • 1942 WW II Navy flier Don Mason sends message "Sighted sub sank same"
  • 1943 Chic Blackhawks beats NY Rangers 10-1, Max Bentley scores 4 goals
  • 1943 Forward Doug Bentley sets NHL record with 5 points in a game
  • 1944 683 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1944 Leonard Bernstein's "Jeremiah" premieres in Pittsburgh
  • 1944 U-271 & U-571 sunk off Ireland
  • 1945 Dutch airplanes dump pamphlets on Java
  • 1945 Gen "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell & truck convoy reopen Burma Road to China
  • 1945 Swedish ships bring food to starving Netherlands
  • 1947 "Bay Psalm" book auctioned for a record $151,000

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1948 President Manuel Roxas granted full amnesty to all so-called Philippine collaborators.

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • 1949 NY Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin & Ford Smith
  • 1949 UN Security council convicts Dutch aggression in Indonesia
  • 1950 Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud
  • 1951 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1951 "La Vie Commence Demain", which depicted artificial insemination & is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
  • 1952 40th Women's Australian Championships: Thelma Coyne Long beats Helen Angwin (6-2, 6-3)
  • 1952 40th Men's Australian Championships: Ken McGregor beats Frank Sedgman (7-5, 12-10, 2-6, 6-2)
  • 1953 WJTV TV channel 12 in Jackson, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 19-year old Derek Bentley is hanged in Wandsworth Prison, London, controversially convicted of the murder of a police officer. He was pardoned on 30th July 1998.
  • 1954 1954 NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford first pick by Cleveland Browns

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1956 Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on National TV (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1957 "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)
  • 1957 45th Women's Australian Championships: Shirley Fry Irvin beats Althea Gibson (6-3, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

1957 45th Men's Australian Championships: Ashley Cooper beats Neale Fraser (6-3, 9-11, 6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • 1958 Construction began on 1st private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor

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1958 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1958 The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
  • 1959 Soviet Union wins 62-37 for 1st international basketball loss by US
  • 1960 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington, D.C.
  • 1960 Goon Show's final episode on BBC
  • 1960 NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises
  • 1961 Republic of Rwanda proclaimed
  • 1962 Johanne Relleke gets stung by bees 2,443 times in Rhodesia & survives
  • 1963 -34°F (-37°C), Cynthiana, Kentucky (state record)
  • 1965 The Who make their 1st appearance on British TV
  • 1967 Rolling Stones release "Let's Spend the Night Together"
  • 1968 29th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Chandler Harper
  • 1968 Goose Goslin & Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1968 Radiation alert following B-52 crash in Arctic air base of Thule in Greenland
  • 1969 2nd ABA All-Star Game: West 133 beats East 127 at Louisville
  • 1969 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America

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1969 1969 NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1970 Lubomír Strougal succeeds Cernik as premier of Czechoslovakia
  • 1971 1971 NFL Draft: Jim Plunkett from University of Stanford first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1972 Oral Roberts' Eddie Woods grabs 30 rebounds for 2nd consecutive game
  • 1972 The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association place "special emphasis on the necessity for a peaceful incident-free day" at the next march on 30 January in an effort to avoid violence
  • 1973 "Barnaby Jones" premieres on CBS TV
  • 1973 Henry Boucha, Detroit Red Wings, scores 6 sec into a game vs Mont
  • 1973 Mickey Welch, George Kelly & Billy Evans elected to Hall of Fame
  • 1973 Ron Howard appears on M*A*S*H in "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"
  • 1973 In the run up to the first anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' there is serious rioting in Derry, North Ireland

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1973 30th Golden Globes: The Godfather, Marlon Brando and Liv Ullmann win

  • 1974 Sam Thompson, Jim Bottomley, & Jocko Conlan elected to Hall of Fame
  • 1975 8th ABA All-Star Game: East 151 beats West 124 at San Antonio
  • 1975 1975 NFL Draft: Steve Bartkowski from University of California first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • 1976 Erapalli Prasanna takes 8-76 to rip through NZ at Eden Park
  • 1976 NBA Atlanta Hawks begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • 1978 Ranger's Don Murdoch failed on 4th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1978 Ted Nugent autographs a fan's arm with his knife

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1978 35th Golden Globes: The Turning Point, Richard Burton, & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • 1979 "Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1672 performances
  • 1979 Arthur Kopit's "Wings" premieres in NYC

Conference meetingConference of Interest

1979 Pope John Paul II addresses the Third General Conference of Latin American Episcopate in Puebla, Mexico

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1980 37th Golden Globes: Kramer vs. Kramer, Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win

  • 1980 USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
  • 1981 "5 O'Clock Girl" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 12 performances

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1981 William J Casey becomes 13th director of CIA (until 1987)

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • 1981 Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision
  • 1982 US Gen Dozier freed from Red Brigade of Padua Italy
  • 1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1982 Italian police rescue, James Dozier, a US Brigadier General, held hostage by the Red Brigade for 6 weeks

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1984 41st Golden Globes: Terms of Endearment, Tom Courtenay, Robert Duvall, & Shirley MacLaine win

  • 1984 LA Kings stop Wayne Gretzky 51 game scoring streak
  • 1984 Record 295,000 dominoes toppled, Fuerth, West Germany

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1985 Charity single "We Are the World" is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and other pop stars)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

1985 12th American Music Awards: Cyndi Lauper & Lionel Richie win

  • 1986 "Uptown... It's Hot!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • 1986 25th Space Shuttle (51L)-Challenger 10 explodes 73 sec after liftoff
  • 1986 Angolan Unity Leader Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, D.C.
  • 1987 US Foreign minister George Shultz meets ANC-leader Oliver Tambo
  • 1987 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant
  • 1988 "Saratina!" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 597 performances
  • 1988 Canada's Supreme court declares anti-abortion law unconstitutional

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1989 46th Golden Globes: Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman, & Jodie Foster win

  • 1989 Boon completes 7th Test century, 149 v WI at SCG
  • 1990 "Independent on Sunday" begins publishing in London

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1990 Super Bowl XXIV: SF 49ers beat Denver Broncos, 55-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1990 Romanian protest against Ion Iliescu government
  • 1990 78th Men's Australian Open: Ivan Lendl beats Stefan Edberg (4-6, 7-6, 5-2)
  • 1990 78th Women's Australian Open: Steffi Graf beats Mary Joe Fernandez (6-3, 6-4)
  • 1991 "A Closer Look" with Faith Daniels premieres on NBC-TV

Music awardsMusic Awards

1991 18th American Music Awards: M C Hammer & Janet Jackson

  • 1991 Boon completes ninth Test century, 121 v England at Adelaide
  • 1991 Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia ending 22 year rule
  • 1992 Boon completes twelfth Test century, 135 v India at Adelaide
  • 1992 Stan Hansen beats Jumbo Tsuruta to win All Japan Triple Crown
  • 1994 Helicopter crashes into office building in San Jose California, 1 dead
  • 1994 Inna Lassovskaja jumps ladies world record (14.78m)
  • 1995 Memphis Mad Dogs granted CFL's 13th franchise
  • 1996 "Hello Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 118 performances
  • 1996 Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17 in Tempe Super Bowl MVP:
  • 1996 84th Men's Australian Open: Boris Becker beats Michael Chang (6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2)
  • 1996 84th Women's Australian Open: Monica Seles beats Anke Huber (6-4, 6-1)
  • 1996 12th Sundance Film Festival: "Welcome to the Dollhouse" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

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1998 Michelangelo's "Christ & the Woman of Samaria" sold for $7.4 million

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter

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2001 Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens beat New York Giants, 34-7 at the Raymond James Stadium MVP: Ray Lewis, Baltimore, LB

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • 2001 89th Men's Australian Open: Andre Agassi beats Arnaud Clement (6-4, 6-2, 6-2)
  • 2001 89th Women's Australian Open: Jennifer Capriati beats Martina Hingis (6-4, 6-3)
  • 2001 17th Sundance Film Festival: "The Believer", directed by Henry Bean, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 2002 TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia killing 92.
  • 2007 95th Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Fernando Gonzalez (7-6, 6-4, 6-4)
  • 2007 95th Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova (6-1, 6-2)
  • 2007 23rd Sundance Film Festival: "Padre Nuestro", directed by Christopher Zalla, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic


2010 Five murderers of Bangladeshi President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman hanged: Lieutenant Colonel Syed Faruq Rahman, Lieutenant Colonel Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Major AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, Major Bazlul Huda and Lieutenant Colonel Mohiuddin Ahmed

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

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2011 Hundreds of thousands of protesters fill the Egyptian's streets against the Hosni Mubarak's regime in demonstrations referred to as the "Friday of Anger"

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • 2012 Death toll from coordinated bombing attacks in Kano, Nigeria, reaches 185
  • 2013 10 people are killed and 11 are injured in after a freight train collides with a bus in Heihe City, China
  • 2013 Iran’s Pishgam rocket successfully completes a return trip of sending a monkey into space
  • 2013 20 people are killed after a Bombardier CRJ200 airliner crashes outside Almaty, Kazakhstan