On This Day

On This Day in History for January 28 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1978 Ted Nugent autographs a fan's arm with his knife
  • 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
  • 1980 USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.

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

CIA Director William J. Casey
CIA Director
William J. Casey
  • 1981 Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision
  • 1982 US General 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
  • 1984 Record 295,000 dominoes toppled in Fuerth, West Germany

USAUSS Challenger Explodes

1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, with all 7 crew members killed, including Christa McAuliffe who was to be the first teacher in space

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The Space Shuttle Challenger moments after it exploded above Cape Canveral on January 28, 1986
The Space Shuttle Challenger moments after it exploded above Cape Canveral on January 28, 1986
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  • 1986 Angolan Unity Leader Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, D.C.
  • 1987 US Foreign minister George P Shultz meets African National Congress leader Oliver Tambo
  • 1988 Canada's Supreme court declares anti-abortion law unconstitutional
  • 1989 David Boon completes 7th Test century, 149 v WI at SCG
  • 1990 "Independent on Sunday" begins publishing in London

  • 1990 Romanian protest against Ion Iliescu government
  • 1991 David Boon completes ninth Test century, 121 v England at Adelaide
  • 1991 Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia ending 22 year rule
  • 1992 David Boon completes twelfth Test century, 135 v India at Adelaide
  • 1994 Helicopter crashes into office building in San Jose California, 1 dead
  • 1994 Inna Lassovskaja jumps ladies world record (14.78m)

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

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
Michelangelo
  • 2002 TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia killing 92.

BattleExecution

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
  • 2014 Peter Cosgrove is named the next Governor-General of Australia
  • 2014 DNA analysis confirms that the 6th century Plague of Justinian was caused by a variant of Yersinia pestis (the same bacteria for the Black Death)
  • 2016 Seventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Des Moines, Iowa

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2017 US President Donald Trump and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull have a contentious phone call over deal for US to take 1,250 refugees

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 Seven survivors from missing Kiribati ferry carrying 100 people rescued after week at sea
  • 2019 US Justice Department charges Chinese firm Huawei with bank and wire fraud
  • 2019 Draft framework for peace agreement to end 17-year conflict in Afghanistan agreed by US and Afghan negotiators

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2020 US President Donald Trump releases his Middle East peace plan alongside Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Birthdays in History

  • 1954 Rick Warren, American pastor and author

Person of interestNicolas Sarkozy

1955 Nicolas Sarkozy, 23rd President of France (2007-12), born in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • 1959 Randi Rhodes, Nova M Radio personality
  • 1960 Robert von Dassanowsky, American cultural historian, writer, and producer
  • 1962 Patrice Motsepe, South African mining businessman, Africa's 1st black billionaire (African Rainbow Minerals), born in Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa
  • 1969 Linda Sanchez, American politician
  • 1975 David Zingler, American writer
  • 1985 Athina Onassis, daughter of Christina

Weddings in History


Deaths in History