Historical Events on 28th January
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1077 - German King Henry IV is absolved by Holy Roman Emperor Pope Gregory VII after his penitent Walk to Canossa.
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
1521 - Emperor Charles V opens the Diet of Worms in Worms Germany (until May 25). Produced 'Edit of Worms' dennoucing Martin Luther
1547 - 9-year-old Edward VI succeeds Henry VIII as king of England
1561 - By Edict of Orleans French persecution of Huguenots is suspended
1573 - Articles of Warsaw Confederation are signed, sanctioning freedom of religion in Poland.
1581 - James VI signs 2nd Confession of Faith in Scotland
1624 - Sir Thomas Warner founds the first English colony in the Caribbean, on Saint Kitts.
1689 - English parliament resolved that the throne is vacant
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 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.
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
1813 - Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is published by Thomas Egerton in the United Kingdom.
1814 - Stendahl's 1st book is published
1819 - Sir Stamford Raffles lands in Singapore
1820 - Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev thought to be first to sight mainland Antarctica
1824 - William Kneass becomes 3rd US chief engraver (1824-40)
1830 - Opera "Fra Diavolo" premieres in Paris
British Statesman and Founder of Singapore Stamford Raffles 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
1865 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis names 3 peace commissioners
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
1885 - Commission for Auguste Rodin's sculpture 'The Burghers of Calais' signed by the Municipal Council of Calais.
Sculptor 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.
1887 - Work begins on the Eiffel Tower in Paris
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
Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel 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
1915 - US Pres Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates
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 - American Pro Football Association renamed "National Football League"
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)
Cricket Legend Donald Bradman 1931 - Bradman scores 220 NSW v Victoria, 308 mins, 13 fours
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 Choudhary Rehmat Ali Khan and is accepted by the Indian Muslims who then thereby adopted it further for the Pakistan Movement seeking independence.
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
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
5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas 1948 - President Manuel Roxas granted full amnesty to all so-called Philippine collaborators.
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 - J Fred Muggs (the chimp) joins NBC's "Today Show"
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
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley 1956 - Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on National TV (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)
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)
1957 - 45th Men's Australian Championships: Ashley Cooper beats Neale Fraser (6-3, 9-11, 6-4, 6-2)
1958 - Construction began on 1st private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor
1958 - Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck
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
MLB Catcher Roy Campanella 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
1969 - 1969 NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills
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
Actor Marlon Brando 1973 - 30th Golden Globes: The Godfather, Marlon Brandon, & 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 - "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV
1978 - Ranger's Don Murdoch failed on 4th penalty shot against Islanders
1978 - Ted Nugent autographs a fan's arm with his knife
1978 - 35th Golden Globes: The Turning Point, Richard Burton, & Jane Fonda win
1979 - "Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1672 performances
1979 - Arthur Kopit's "Wings" premieres in NYC
264th Pope John Paul II 1979 - Pope John Paul II addresses the Third General Conference of Latin American Episcopate in Puebla, Mexico
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
1981 - William J Casey becomes 13th director of CIA (until 1987)
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
Actress Shirley MacLaine 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
1985 - Charity single "We Are the World" is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and other pop stars)
1985 - 12th American Music Awards: Cyndi Lauper & Lionel Richie win
1986 - "Uptown... It's Hot!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 24 perfs
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
Singer Lionel Richie 1988 - Canada's Supreme court declares anti-abortion law unconstitutional
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
1990 - Super Bowl XXIV: SF 49ers beat Denver Broncos, 55-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB
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
1991 - 18th American Music Awards: M C Hammer & Janet Jackson
Singer 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 perfs
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)
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles 1996 - 12th Sundance Film Festival: "Welcome to the Dollhouse" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
1998 - Michelangelo's "Christ & the Woman of Samaria" sold for $7.4 million
2001 - Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens beat New York Giants, 34-7 at the Raymond James Stadium MVP: Ray Lewis, Baltimore, LB
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)
Tennis Player Serena Williams 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 President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh hanged: Lieutenant Colonel Syed Faruq Rahman, Lieutenant Colonel Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Major AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, Major Bazlul Huda and Lieutenant Colonel Mohiuddin Ahmed.
2011 - Hundreds of thousands of protesters fill the Egyptian's streets against the Mubarak regime in demonstrations referred to as the "Friday of Anger"
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
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