Today in History, January 28th

By | January 28, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 28th!

1547 Henry VIII of England dies and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Edward VI.
1757 Ahmed Shah, the first King of Afghanistan, occupies Delhi and annexes the Punjab.
1792 Rebellious slaves in Santo Domingo launch an attack on the city of Cap.
1813 The novel “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen was first published anonymously in London.
1853 Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti was born in Havana.

Jose Marti

Jose Marti

1871 Surrounded by Prussian troops and suffering from famine, the French army in Paris surrenders. During the siege, balloons were used to keep contact with the outside world.
1909 The United States ended direct control over Cuba.
1915 The German navy attacks the U.S. freighter William P. Frye, loaded with wheat for Britain.
1915 The Coast Guard was created by an act of Congress.
1916 Louis Brandeis was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to the Supreme Court, becoming its first Jewish member.


Louis D. Brandeis

1921 Albert Einstein startles Berlin by suggesting the possibility of measuring the universe.
1932 The Japanese attack Shanghai, China, and declare martial law.
1936 A fellow prison inmate slashes infamous kidnapper, Richard Loeb, to death.
1941 French General Charles DeGaulle’s Free French forces sack south Libya oasis.
1945 During World War II, Allied supplies began reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road.
1955 The U.S. Congress passes a bill allowing mobilization of troops if China should attack Taiwan.
1959 Vince Lombardi was named head coach of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers.
1964 The Soviets down a U.S. jet over East Germany killing three.
1970 Israeli fighter jets attack the suburbs of Cairo.
1973 A cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War.
1980 Six U.S. diplomats who had avoided being taken hostage at their embassy in Tehran flew out of Iran under false identities.
1986 The space shuttle Challenger explodes just after liftoff.  space shuttle Challenger explodes
1999 Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, honoring a personal request for mercy from Pope John Paul II, spared a triple murderer from execution.
2003 President George W. Bush said in his State of the Union address that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had sought uranium from Africa. (The claim was later disputed by former ambassador Joseph Wilson, who had been asked by the CIA to investigate.)
2009 In a swift victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House approved a $819 billion stimulus bill.
2010 Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke won Senate confirmation for a second term.

Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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