On This Day

What Happened on January 28

Important 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
  • 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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January 28 in Film & TV

  • 1951 "La Vie Commence Demain" the 1st X-rated movie, depicting artificial insemination, opens in London

January 28 in Music

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

January 28 in Sport

  • 2017 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams defeats older sister Venus Williams 6–4, 6–4 for her 7th Australian title and record 23rd Grand Slam event singles victory

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

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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