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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for January 28th

  • Year 1077 » Walk to Canossa: The excommunication of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor is lifted.
  • Year 1521 » The Diet of Worms begins, lasting until May 25.
  • Year 1547 » Henry VIII of England or Henry VIII dies. His nine-year-old son, Edward VI of England called Edward VI becomes King, and the first Protestant ruler of England.
  • Year 1573 » Articles of the Warsaw Confederation are signed, sanctioning freedom of religion in Poland.
  • Year 1624 » Thomas Warner (explorer) named Sir Thomas Warner founds the first British colony in the Caribbean, on the island of Saint Kitts.
  • Year 1701 » The Chinese Battle of Dartsedo known as storm Dartsedo.
  • Year 1724 » The Russian Academy of Sciences is founded in St. Petersburg by Peter the Great, and implemented by Senate decree. It is called the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences until 1917.
  • Year 1754 » Horace Walpole coins the word 'serendipity' in a letter to Horace Mann.
  • Year 1760 » Pownal, Vermont is created by Benning Wentworth as one of the New Hampshire Grants.
  • Year 1820 » A Imperial Russia or Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev discovers the Antarctic continent, approaching the Antarctic coast.
  • Year 1821 » Alexander Island is first discovered by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen.
  • Year 1846 » The Battle of Aliwal, India, is won by British troops commanded by Harry Smith (army) named Sir Harry Smith.
  • Year 1851 » Northwestern University becomes the first chartered university in Illinois.
  • Year 1855 » A locomotive on the Panama Canal Railway, runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean for the first time.
  • Year 1871 » Franco-Prussian War: the Siege of Paris (1870–71) e.g Siege of Paris ends in French defeat and an armistice.
  • Year 1878 » 'Yale Daily News' becomes the first daily Student newspaper named college newspaper in the United States.
  • Year 1896 » Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent becomes the first person to be convicted of speed limit speeding. He was fined 1 shilling (British coin) shilling, plus costs, for speeding at convert 8 mph km/h abbr=on, thus exceeding the contemporary speed limit of c
  • Year 1902 » The Carnegie Institution for Science e.g Carnegie Institution of Washington is founded in Washington, D.C. with a $10 million gift from Andrew Carnegie.
  • Year 1909 » United States troops leave Cuba with the exception of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base after being there since the Spanish–American War.
  • Year 1915 » An act of the Congress of the United States called U.S. Congress creates the United States Coast Guard as a branch of the United States Armed Forces.
  • Year 1917 » Municipally-owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco.
  • Year 1918 » Finnish Civil War: Rebellion e.g Rebels seize control of the capital, Helsinki, and members of the Senate of Finland go underground.
  • Year 1932 » Japanese forces January 28 Incident e.g attack Shanghai.
  • Year 1933 » The name Pakistan is Neologism called coined by Choudhry Rahmat Ali Khan and is accepted by the Indian Muslims who then thereby adopted it further for the Pakistan Movement seeking independence.
  • Year 1934 » The first ski tow in the United States begins operation in Vermont.
  • Year 1935 » Iceland becomes the first Western country to legalize therapeutic abortion.
  • Year 1938 » The World Land Speed Record on a public road is broken by Rudolf Caracciola in the Mercedes-Benz W195 at a speed of convert 432.7 km/h mph.
  • Year 1941 » Franco-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. A Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
  • Year 1945 » World War II: Supplies begin to reach the Republic of China over the newly reopened Burma Road.
  • Year 1956 » Elvis Presley makes his first US television appearance
  • Year 1958 » The last episode of the British radio comedy programme 'The Goon Show' is broadcast.
  • Year 1958 » The Lego company patents the design of its Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
  • Year 1960 » The National Football League announced expansion teams for Dallas Cowboys known as Dallas to start in the 1960 NFL season and Minnesota Vikings called Minneapolis-St. Paul for 1961 NFL season.
  • Year 1964 » An unarmed United States Air Force USAF T-39 Sabreliner on a training mission is T-39 Aircraft Incident shot down over Erfurt, East Germany, by a Soviet Air Forces Soviet MiG-19.
  • Year 1965 » The current design of the Flag of Canada is chosen by an act of Parliament of Canada named Parliament.
  • Year 1977 » The first day of the Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977 which dumps convert 10 ft m of snow in one-day in Upstate New York, with Buffalo, New York Buffalo, Syracuse, New York Syracuse, Watertown, New York Watertown, and surrounding areas most affected. File:Ch
  • Year 1979 » Pope John Paul II starts his first pastoral visit to Mexico.
  • Year 1979 » CBS News Sunday Morning debuts with original host and cocreator Charles Kuralt.
  • Year 1980 » USCGC Blackthorn WLB-391 6 collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
  • Year 1981 » Ronald Reagan lifts remaining domestic petroleum price and allocation controls in the United States helping to end the 1979 energy crisis and begin the 1980s oil glut.
  • Year 1982 » United States Army or US Army general James L. Dozier is rescued by Italian anti-terrorism forces from captivity by the Red Brigades.
  • Year 1984 » Tropical Storm Domoina makes landfall in southern Mozambique, eventually causing 214 deaths and some of the most severe flooding so far recorded in the region.
  • Year 1985 » Supergroup USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa) records the hit single 'We Are the World', to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.
  • Year 1986 » Space Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission Space Shuttle Challenger Space Shuttle Challenger disaster e.g explodes after liftoff killing all seven astronauts on board.
  • Year 1988 » In R. v. Morgentaler the Supreme Court of Canada strikes down all anti-abortion laws, effectively allowing abortions in Canada in all 9 months of pregnancy.
  • Year 2002 » TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia killing 92.
  • Year 2006 » The roof of one of the buildings at the Katowice International Fair in Chorzów/Katowice, Poland, Katowice Trade Hall roof collapse e.g collapses due to the weight of snow, killing 65 and injuring more than 170 others.
  • Year 2010 » Five murderers of President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh are hanged.

World History for the Month of January