28 January

January 28 is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 337 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about January 28th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 28th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • Data Privacy Day
  • National Blueberry Pancake Day
  • National Kazoo Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – January 28

1986: Space Shuttle “Challenger” explodes

The orbiter broke apart 73 seconds after lift-off, killing all 7 astronauts on board.

1985: USA for Africa record “We Are the World

”Over 20 million copies of the charity single were sold.

1958: The Lego brick is patented

The Lego company has since produced 500 billion Lego elements, amounting to 10 lego towers from Earth to the Moon.

1820: Fabian von Bellinghausen discovers the Antarctic

The Baltic German explorer is believed to be the first person to sight the Earth’s southernmost continent.

1813: Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, is published

It is one of the best-known works of English literature and it was sold about 20 million times.

1939: New Mexico, 1939. Photograph by Luis Marden.

New Mexico, 1939

Photograph by Luis Marden.
New Mexico, 1939
Photograph by Luis Marden.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, January 28

1978: Gianluigi Buffon, Italian footballer

1968: Sarah McLachlan, Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist, producer

1955: Nicolas Sarkozy, French politician, 23rd President of France

1912: Jackson Pollock, American painter

1853: José Martí, Cuban journalist, poet, theorist

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, January 28

2002: Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author, screenwriter

1975: Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst, philologist

1939: W. B. Yeats, Irish poet, Nobel Prize laureate

1547: Henry VIII of England

814: Charlemagne, Frankish king

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