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This Day in History - January 28

January 28

28 – The Roman Emperor Nerva names army general, Trajan, as his successor

814 – Frankish King Charlemagne dies

1521 – Emperor Charles V opens the Diet of Worms in Worms, Germany, which will produce the “Edict of Worms” denouncing Martin Luther

1547 – Henry VIII of England dies and is succeeded by his nine-year old son Edward VI

1693 – Tsarina of Russia, Anna “Ivanovna” is born

1706 – Inventor John Baskerville is born

1757 – The first King of Afghanistan, Ahmed Shah, occupies Delhi and annexes the Punjab

1777 – Poet, playwright and British general John Burgoyne, submits a plan to the British government to isolate New England from the other colonies.  He will be defeated at Saratoga and will surrender his remaining troops  

1792 – In Santo Domingo, rebellious slaves attack the city of Cap

1807 – London’s Pall Mall becomes the first street lit by gaslight

1813 – Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is published

1819 – Sir Stamford Raffles lands in Singapore

1828 – Confederate General Thomas Carmichael Hindman is born

1853 – Cuban poet and journalist Jose Marti is born

1855 – The Panama Railway, used to carry miners to California via the jungles of Central America, dispatches its first train across the Isthmus of Panama

1871 – The French army in Paris surrenders as they are surrounded by Prussian troops

1873 – French author Colette is born

1912 – Abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock is born

1915 – The US Coast Guard is founded

1915 – The Germany navy attacks the US freighter William P. Frye, which was loaded with wheat headed for Britain

1916 – President Woodrow Wilson nominates Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court, making Brandeis the first Jewish judge to sit on the nation’s highest court

1917 – After nearly 11 months of empty searches, American forces were recalled from Mexico and their efforts to locate Pancho Villa, who was accused of leading a raid against Columbus, New Mexico

1921 – Albert Einstein suggests the possibility of measuring the universe

1932 – The Japanese attack Shanghai, China, declaring martial law

1933 – The name “Pakistan” is coined by Choudhry Rahmat Ali and will be gradually accepted by Muslims who use it to push for a separate Muslim homeland in South Asia

1936 – A fellow prison inmate slashes kidnapper Richard Loeb to death

1939 – Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet WB Yeats dies

1945 – Chiang Kai-shek renames the Ledo-Burma Road the Stilwell Road to honor General Joseph Stilwell

1955 – The US Congress passes a bill to allow for troop mobilization if China should attack Taiwan

1955 – 23rd President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, is born

1958 – The Lego brick is patented

1958 – 19-year old Charles Starkweather and his 14-year old girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate, kill a businessman, his wife and their maid.  The duo had begun a murderous crime spree a week earlier…Starkweather even killing Fugate’s parents and two-and-a-half-year-old sister.  All in all, the duo’s crimes left ten people dead and inspired many books and movies including “Badlands”.  Starkweather was convicted and sentenced to death, dying in the electric chair in 1959.  Fugate was sentenced to life in prison but was released in 1976

1959 – Vince Lombardi signs a five-year contract with the Green Bay Packers to serve as the team’s coach and general manager

1964 – The Soviets down a US jet over East Germany, killing three

1968 – Singer, songwriter, pianist and producer Sarah McLachlan is born

1970 – Israel fighter jets attack Cairo suburbs

1975 – President Gerald Ford asks Congress for $522 million in military aid for South Vietnam and Cambodia

1975 – Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist Ola Raknes dies

1978 – Italian football player Gianluigi Buffon is born

1985 – Recording artists gather to record “We Are the World” by invitation from Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie

1986 – The space shuttle Challenger explodes just after liftoff 

1997 – Four apartheid-era police officers appear before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to admit to the 1977 killing of Stephen Biko, a leader of the South African “Black consciousness” movement, and ask for political amnesty.  Amnesty was denied as they failed to establish a political motive for the murder

1999 – Scientists add the chemical element 114, Flerovium

2002 – Swedish author and screenwriter Astrid Lindgren dies

2006 – Clint Eastwood is given the Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award, becoming only the 31st filmmaker in 70 years to receive the highest honor


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.


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