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January 28 Historical Events

The following events took place on January 28. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 54 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 814
    Charlemagne dies of pleurisy in Aachen as the first Holy Roman Emperor. He is succeeded by his son Louis the Pious as king of the Frankish Empire.
  • 1077
    Walk to Canossa: The excommunication of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor is lifted.
  • 1393
    King Charles VI of France is nearly killed when several dancers’ costumes catch fire during a masquerade ball.
  • 1521
    The Diet of Worms begins, lasting until May 25.
  • 1547
    Henry VIII dies. His nine-year-old son, Edward VI becomes King, and the first Protestant ruler of England.
  • 1573
    Articles of the Warsaw Confederation are signed, sanctioning freedom of religion in Poland.
  • 1624
    Sir Thomas Warner founds the first British colony in the Caribbean, on the island of Saint Kitts.
  • 1701
    The Chinese storm Dartsedo.
  • 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.
  • 1754
    Horace Walpole coins the word serendipity in a letter to Horace Mann.
  • 1760
    Pownal, Vermont, is created by Benning Wentworth as one of the New Hampshire Grants.
  • 1813
    Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is first published in the United Kingdom.
  • 1820
    A Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev discovers the Antarctic continent, approaching the Antarctic coast.
  • 1821
    Alexander Island is first discovered by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen.
  • 1846
    The Battle of Aliwal, India, is won by British troops commanded by Sir Harry Smith.
  • 1851
    Northwestern University becomes the first chartered university in Illinois.
  • 1855
    A locomotive on the Panama Canal Railway, runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean for the first time.
  • 1871
    Franco-Prussian War: the Siege of Paris ends in French defeat and an armistice.
  • 1878
    Yale Daily News becomes the first daily college newspaper in the United States.
  • 1887
    In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world’s largest snowflakes are reported, 15 in wide and 8 in thick.
  • 1896
    Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent, becomes the first person to be convicted of speeding. He was fined one shilling, plus costs, for speeding at 8 mph, thereby exceeding the contemporary speed limit of 2 mph.
  • 1902
    The Carnegie Institution of Washington is founded in Washington, D.C. with a $10 million gift from Andrew Carnegie.
  • 1908
    Members of the Portuguese Republican Party fail in their attempted coup d'état against the administrative dictatorship of Prime Minister João Franco.
  • 1909
    United States troops leave Cuba with the exception of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base after being there since the Spanish–American War.
  • 1915
    An act of the U.S. Congress creates the United States Coast Guard as a branch of the United States Armed Forces.
  • 1917
    Municipally-owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco.
  • 1918
    Finnish Civil War: Rebels seize control of the capital, Helsinki, and members of the Senate of Finland go underground.
  • 1922
    Knickerbocker Storm, Washington D.C.'s biggest snowfall, causes the city’s greatest loss of life when the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre collapses.
  • 1932
    Japanese forces attack Shanghai.
  • 1933
    The name Pakistan is 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.

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