January 28: Today in History – Historical Events
Early Centuries – January 28 Historic Events – Before the 1700s
1. 28th Jan 1573: Freedom of religion was sanctioned in Poland by signing the Articles of Warsaw Confederation.
2. 28th Jan 1624: The English colony in Sait Kits in the Caribbean was founded by Sir Thomas Warner.
3. 28th Jan 1689: The English Parliament on this day resolved that the throne was vacant.
18th Century – What Happened on January 28 – The 1700s
4. 28th Jan 1724: Peter the Great the Tsar of Russia founded on this day founded the Russian Academy of Science in St Petersburg. It was called the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences till 1917.
5. 28th Jan 1754: The word serendipity was coined by Horace Walpole in his letter to Horace Mann.
19th Century – January 28 This Day That Year – The 1800s
6. 28th Jan 1787: Philadelphia’s Free African Society was organized on this day.
7. 28th Jan 1788: On this day Lord Gordon was found guilty of libel of the Queen of France.
8. 28th Jan 1807: Gaslights were used for the first time as streetlights in London and London’s Pall Mall became the first street to be lit by gaslights.
9. 28th Jan 1819: On this day British Statesman Stamford Raffles landed in Singapore. He was the founder of Singapore.
10. 28th Jan 1820: The Continent of Antarctica was discovered by the Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev.
11. 28th Jan 1846: In the battle of Allwal in Punjab the British defeated the Sikhs on this day.
12. 28th Jan 1848: A Constitution was granted on this day by the King of Nepal to his subjects.
13. 28th Jan 1855: The first locomotive from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean was run on Panama the Panama Railway.
14. 28th Jan 1860: On this day the Mosquito Coast was formally handed over to Nicaragua by the British.
15. 28th Jan 1871: On this day Paris surrenders to Prussians.
16. 28th Jan 1878: The first telephone exchange was opened on this day in the city of New Heaven in Connecticut.
17. 28th Jan 1878: The first full-time telephone operator “George W Coy” was hired on this day.
18. 28th Jan 1878: Yale Daily News was published on this day. It was the first college daily newspaper.
19. 28th Jan 1887: The world’s largest snowflakes are reported in a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana. They were said to be 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.
20. 28th Jan 1887: Work on the construction of the Eiffel Tower began on this day. Its architect and engineer was Gustave Eiffel.
21. 28th Jan 1899: The Congress on this day incorporated the American Social Science Association.
20th Century – Important Events On This Day January 28th – The 1900s
22. 28th Jan 1902: It was on this day in Washington DC the Carnegie Institute was founded.
23. 28th Jan 1909: The United States brought to an end its direct control over Cuba.
24. 28th Jan 1915: The American merchant vessel William P Frye, which was carrying wheat to the UK was the first ship to be lost in World War I. It was sunk by a German Cruiser.
25. 28th Jan 1915: The Coast Guard was created on this day by an act of the US Congress to fight counter-band trade and to aid distressed vessels.
26. 28th Jan 1915: President Wilson refused to prohibit the immigration of illiterates.
27. 28th Jan 1916: President Wilson appointed Louis Brandeis as Justice of the Supreme Court. He was the first Jew to be appointed Justice of the Supreme Court.
28. 28th Jan 1916: The German colony in Cameroon was taken on this day by the British and France.
29. 28th Jan 1917: Troops deployed by President Wilson to capture Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villas dead or alive for his massacre of 16 US citizens in Santa Isabel in North Mexico and 17 American citizens in Columbus gave up the search on this day after searching for one year.
30. 28th Jan 1717: Streetcars owned by the municipality start operation in San Francisco, California.
31. 28th Jan 1918: The ammunition factory in Berlin went on strike on this day.
32. 28th Jan 1918: In the Finnish Civil War the Rebels occupied Helsinki. Members of the Senate in Finland went underground.
33. 28th Jan 1927: Marked the fall of the Serbian-Croatian-Slavic government of Oezonowitsj.
34. 28th Jan 1928: Christopher Hornsrud was chosen on this day as the Prime Minister of Norway.
35. 28th Jan 1932: The first state unemployment insurance act in the US was enacted on this day in Wisconsin.
36. 28th Jan 1932: Shanghai was attacked on this day by the Japanese forces.
37. 28th Jan 1933: The Von Schleicher government in Germany falls on this day.
38. 28th Jan 1933: Paul Boncour led the government in France Falls.
39. 28th Jan 1933: On this day the word Pakistan was coined by Choudhry Rahmat Ali which was gradually accepted and prompted Muslims of the Indian subcontinent to push for a separate Muslim state in South Asia.
40. 28th Jan 1935: Abortion was legalized on the Island. It became the first Western country to do so.
41. 28th Jan 1941: Marks the final air battle of the French-Thai conflict as the armistice mediated by the Japanese goes into effect later in the day.
42. 28th Jan 1942: General Timoshenko led soviet troops to move into Ukraine on this day.
43. 28th Jan 1942: German troops on this day occupy Benghazi in Libya.
44. 28th Jan 1942: Don Mason, the World War II flier sends a message on this day “Sighted sub sank the same”.
45. 28th Jan 1944: 683 British bombers attack Berlin.
46. 28th Jan 1945: The Burma Road to China was reopened by General “Vinegar Joe” Stillwell and a truck convoy.
47. 28th Jan 1945: Allied supplies begin reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road during World War II.
48. 28th Jan 1945: Swedish ships on this day bring food to starving Netherlands.
49. 28th Jan 1945: Pamphlets were dumped on Java by Dutch airplanes on this day.
50. 28th Jan 1948: The so-called Philippine collaborators were granted full amnesty by Manual Roxas of the Philippines on this day.
51. 28th Jan 1949: The UN Security Council convicts Dutch aggression in Indonesia.
52. 28th Jan 1950: Automaker Preston Tucker was found not guilty of mail fraud.
53. 28th Jan 1951: The United States of America performs a nuclear test at its test site in Nevada.
54. 28th Jan 1952: In the 40th Australian women’s championship Thelma Coyne Long beat Helen Angwin in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
55. 28th Jan 1952: In the 40th Australian men’s championship Ken McGregor beats Frank Sedgman,7-5, 12-10, 2-6,6-2.
56. 28th Jan 1953: The controversially convicted for the murder of a police officer, the 19-year-old Derek Bentley was hanged on this day in Wandsworth Prison in London. He was pardoned in 1998.
57. 28th Jan 1957: In the 45th women’s Australian championship Shirley Fry Irvin beat Althea Gibson, 6-3, 6-4.
58. 28th Jan 1957: In the 45th men’s Australian championship Ashley Cooper beats Neil Fraser, 6-3, 9-11, 6-4, 6-2.
59. 28th Jan 1958: Construction of the first private thorium-uranium reactor begins on this day.
60. 28th Jan 1958: Lego Company patented its Lego bricks which are still compatible with the bricks produced today.
61. 28th Jan 1961: Rwanda was proclaimed as a republic on this day.
62. 28th Jan 1963: Cynthia in Kentucky recorded a temperature of -37°C which is the state record.
63. 28th Jan 1965: General Motors reported the highest profit of any US company in history.
64. 28th Jan 1968: Following the crash of a B-52 bomber in the Arctic air base of Thule in Greenland a radiation alert was issued.
65. 29th Jan 1970: Lubomír Strougal succeeds Cernik to become Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia.
66. 28th Jan 1972: The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association placed “special emphasis on the necessity of peace incident-free day” to avoid violence during their next march on 30th Jan.
67. 28th Jan 1973: In the run-up to the first anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” there was serious rioting in Derry, North Ireland.
68. 28th Jan 1973: Actor Marlon Brando for his role in Godfather and Liv Ullman win the Golden Globes award.
69. 28th Jan 1976: The Indian off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna rips through New Zealand taking 8 wickets for 76 runs in Eden Park.
70. 28th Jan 1978: Ten Nuggets autographs his fan’s arm with his knife.
71. 28th Jan 1978: The 35th Golden Globes Awards was won by Richard Burton and Jane Fonda for The Turning Point.
72. 28th Jan 1979: Pope John Paul II addresses the third general conference of the Latin American Episcopate in Puebla, Mexico.
73. 28th Jan 1980: The 37th Golden Globes award was won by Dustin Hoffman and Sally Field for Kramer vs Kramer.
74. 28th Jan 1980: While leaving Tampa Florida the USCGC Blackthorn (WLB 391) collides with a tanker and capsizes. 23 Coast Guard crew members were killed.
75. 28th Jan 1981: William J Casey took over as the 13th director of the CIA on this day.
76. 28th Jan 1981: A taker Olympic Glory was involved in a ship collision in Galveston Bay in Texas resulting in an oil spill of one million gallons.
77. 28th Jan 1982: US General Dozier was freed on this day by the Red Brigade of Padua Italy.
78. 28th Jan 1982: A nuclear test was performed on this day by the US at their test site in Nevada.
79. 28th Jan 1986: Challenger 10, the 17th Space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after lift off.
80. 28th Jan 1986: Jones Savimbi, Angolan unity leader visits Washington DC on this day.
81. 28th Jan 1988: The anti-abortion law was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Canada.
82. 28th Jan 1990: Romanians protest against Ion Iliescu’s government on this day.
83. 28th Jan 1991: Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia. This marks the end of his 22-year-old regime.
84. 28th Jan 1994: A helicopter crashed into a building in San Jose California killing one.
85. 28th Jan 1994: Inna Lassovskaja creates world record for ladies by jumping 14.78 meters.
86. 28th Jan 1996: In the 84th men’s Australian Open Boric Baker beats Michal Chang 6-2, 6-4,2-6, 6-2.
87. 28th Jan 1996: In the 84th women’s Australian Open Monica Seles beats Anke Huber in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
21st Century – January 28 This Day In History – The 2000s
88. 28th Jan 2002: TAME flight 120 a Boeing 727 crashed in the Andes Mountains in Southern Colombia killing 92 people.
89. 28th Jan 2007: In the 95th women’s Australian championship Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
90. 28th Jan 2007: In the 98th men’s Australian championship Roger Federer beat Fernando Gonzalez in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4,6-4.
91. 28th Jan 2010: Five murderers of Sheik Mujibur Rehman, Lt Col Syed Faruk Rahman, Lt Col Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Major AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, Major Bazulal Hooda and Lt Col Mohiuddin Ahmed were hanged on this day.
92. 28th Jan 2011: In a massive protest against Mubarak’s regime in Egypt hundreds and thousands of protestors fill the streets. The demonstration was referred to as “Black Friday”.
93. 28th Jan 2012: In coordinated bombing attacks in Kano Nigeria death toll reaches 185.
94. 28th Jan 2013: Pishgam rocket launched by Iran completes its return trip of sending a monkey into space.
95. 28th Jan 2013: In Heihe City in China a freight train collided with a bus killing 10 and injuring 11.
96. 28th Jan 2013: Bombardier CRJ 200 airliner crashed outside Almaty in Kazakhstan killing 20 people.
97. 28th Jan 2013: John Kerry was voted as United States Secretary of State. He succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton.
98. 28th Jan 2014: Peter Cosgrove was named on this day as the next Governor-General of Australia.
99. 28th Jan 2014: On this day the DNA test confirmed that the same bacteria for Black Death, a variant of Yersinia pestis were the cause of the 6th C Plague of Justinian.
100. 28th Jan 2016: Des Moines, Iowa holds the seventh Republican Presidential Candidates debate hosted by Fox.
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