Events in History on January 28

Historic Event

1077 German King Henry IV is absolved by Holy Roman Emperor Pope Gregory VII and invited back to the Church 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 in Paris, 4 die (Ball of the Ardents)

Historic Event

1495 Pope Alexander VI (Roderic Llançol i de Borgia) gives his son Cesare as hostage to Charles VIII of France

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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.

Historic Event

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.

Pirate Attack

1671 Welsh pirate Henry Morgan captures Panama City from its Spanish defenders

  • 1689 English parliament resolves that the throne is vacant

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Election of Interest

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

  • 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

Historic Publication

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

  • 1814 Stendahl's 1st book is published
  • 1824 William Kneass becomes 3rd US chief engraver (1824-40)
  • 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, North Carolina

Appointment of Interest

1865 Confederate President Jefferson Davis names 3 peace commissioners

  • 1871 Paris surrenders to Prussians
  • 1878 George Coy, Herrick Frost, and Walter Lewis open first commercial telephone exchange, in New Haven, Connecticut [1]
  • 1878 Yale Daily News published, 1st college daily newspaper
  • 1881 Battle at Laing's Neck Natal: Boers beat superior powered British

Historic Event

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

  • 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.

Historic Event

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.
  • 1909 US military forces leave Cuba for 2nd time
  • 1911 Frenchman Henri Rougier wins 1st Rally of Monte Carlo
  • 1914 Beverly Hills, California, is incorporated
  • 1915 1st US ship lost in WW I, William P Frye (carrying wheat to UK)
  • 1915 The United States Coast Guard is created by merging the US Life Saving Service & the US Revenue Cutter Service

Historic Event

1915 US President Woodrow Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates

  • 1916 German colony of Cameroon surrenders to Britain & France
  • 1916 Louis Brandeis is appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States after being nominated by President Woodrow Wilson
  • 1917 Municipally owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco, California
  • 1918 Finnish Civil War: Rebels seized control of the capital, Helsinki, and members of the Senate of Finland go underground
  • 1918 Strike on Berlin ammunition factory
  • 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 Prime Minister of Norway
  • 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
  • 1941 French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
  • 1942 German troops occupy Benghazi Libya
  • 1942 Soviet troops under General Timoshenko's troops move into Ukraine
  • 1942 WW II Navy flier Don Mason sends message "Sighted sub sank same"
  • 1944 683 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1944 U-271 & U-571 sunk off Ireland
  • 1945 Dutch airplanes dump pamphlets on Java
  • 1945 General "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell and 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
  • 1948 A plane crash in the Diablo mountains kills 28 bracero farm workers being sent back to Mexico, inspiring Woodie Guthrie's song "Deportee"

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 1958 Construction began on 1st private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor
  • 1958 The Lego Group patents their design of interlocking Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today
  • 1960 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington, D.C.

Historic Event

1960 A new version of "La fille mal gardée" choreographed by Frederick Ashton debuts by the Royal Ballet with Nadia Nerina debuts at Covent Garden, London

  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1970 Lubomír Strougal succeeds Cernik as premier of Czechoslovakia
  • 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 In the run up to the first anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' there is serious rioting in Derry, North Ireland
  • 1975 8th ABA All-Star Game: East 151 beats West 124 at San Antonio
  • 1976 E. A. S. Prasanna takes 8-76 to rip through NZ at Eden Park
  • 1978 Ted Nugent autographs a fan's arm with his knife

Historic Event

1979 Arthur Kopit's "Wings" premieres in NYC

Conference of Interest

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

  • 1980 USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
  • 1981 Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision

Historic Event

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

  • 1982 Italian police rescue US Brigadier General James Dozier, held hostage for six weeks by the Red Brigade of Padua, Italy
  • 1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1984 Record 295,000 dominoes toppled in Fuerth, West Germany
  • 1986 Angolan revolutionary and leader of UNITA, Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, D.C.

USS 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

  • 1988 Canada's Supreme court declares anti-abortion law unconstitutional
  • 1990 "Independent on Sunday" begins publishing in London
  • 1990 Romanian protest against Ion Iliescu government
  • 1991 Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia ending 22 year rule
  • 1994 Helicopter crashes into office building in San Jose California, 1 dead
  • 1994 Inna Lassovskaja jumps ladies world record (14.78m)

Historic Event

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

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

Execution

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

Historic Event

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"

  • 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 20 people are killed after a Bombardier CRJ200 airliner crashes outside Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 2013 Iran’s Pishgam rocket successfully completes a return trip of sending a monkey into space
  • 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)
  • 2014 Peter Cosgrove is named the next Governor-General of Australia
  • 2016 Seventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Des Moines, Iowa

Historic Event

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

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

2021 Bernie Sanders mittens worn to the inauguration raise $1.8 million for Vermont charities after images go viral

  • 2021 Mexico's COVID-19 death toll becomes the world's third highest, overtaking India's at 155,145 [1]
  • 2021 Share trading app Robinhood, favored by Reddit, suspends trading of Gamestop amid huge surge in share price of the previously short listed stock by Wall Street