A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 28th!
Henry VIII of England dies and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Edward VI.
Ahmed Shah, the first King of Afghanistan, occupies Delhi and annexes the Punjab.
Rebellious slaves in Santo Domingo launch an attack on the city of Cap.
The novel “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen was first published anonymously in London.
Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti was born in Havana.
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.
The United States ended direct control over Cuba.
The German navy attacks the U.S. freighter William P. Frye, loaded with wheat for Britain.
The Coast Guard was created by an act of Congress.
Louis Brandeis was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to the Supreme Court, becoming its first Jewish member.
Louis D. Brandeis
Albert Einstein startles Berlin by suggesting the possibility of measuring the universe.
The Japanese attack Shanghai, China, and declare martial law.
A fellow prison inmate slashes infamous kidnapper, Richard Loeb, to death.
French General Charles DeGaulle’s Free French forces sack south Libya oasis.
During World War II, Allied supplies began reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road.
The U.S. Congress passes a bill allowing mobilization of troops if China should attack Taiwan.
Vince Lombardi was named head coach of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers.
The Soviets down a U.S. jet over East Germany killing three.
Israeli fighter jets attack the suburbs of Cairo.
A cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War.
Six U.S. diplomats who had avoided being taken hostage at their embassy in Tehran flew out of Iran under false identities.
The space shuttle Challenger explodes just after liftoff.
Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, honoring a personal request for mercy from Pope John Paul II, spared a triple murderer from execution.
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.)
In a swift victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House approved a $819 billion stimulus bill.
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 Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!