What Happened on January 28

Significant Events

  • 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
  • 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
  • 1819 Sir Stamford Raffles lands in Singapore
  • 1820 Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discover the continent of Antarctica
  • 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
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Did You Know?

Iceland becomes 1st western country to legalize abortion

On January 28, 1935

Would You Believe?

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.

On January 28, 1887

Famous Weddings

  • 1867 Labor union leader Samuel Gompers (17) weds co-worker Sophia Julian (16) in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1904 German chancellor Konrad Adenauer (28) weds Emma Weyer at St. Stephan Catholic Church in Lindenthal, Germany
  • 1925 Actress Gloria Swanson (25) weds aristocrat Henri de la Falaise (26) in Paris, France
  • 1929 Mobster Bugsy Siegel (23) weds childhood sweetheart Esta Krakower
  • 1949 NFL coach Tom Landry (24) weds Alicia Wiggs at St John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas

Famous Divorces

  • 2011 "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria (37) divorces NBA player Tony Parker (30) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of a storybook wedding
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