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January 28: This Day That Year

Jan 28

- 1547 - Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47), died (age 55) and 9-year-old Edward VI becomes King of England.

- 1671 - Henry Morgan captures Panama City from its Spanish defenders.

- 1770 - Augustus FitzRoy resigns and Frederick North becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain.

- 1784 - Birthday: George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, PM of the United Kingdom (Peelite: 1852-55) born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

- 1822 - Birthday: Alexander Mackenzie, 2nd Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 1873-78), born in Logierait, Scotland.

- 1865 - Birthday: Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1928).

- 1878 - 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, Connecticut) in operation. George Coy was the 1st full-time telephone operator.

- 1887 - France: Gustave Eiffel begins his work on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

- 1940 - Birthday: Carlos Slim, Mexican businessman born in Mexico City, Mexico.

- 1951 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Testing Site.

- 1953 - 19-year old Derek Bentley hanged in Wandsworth Prison, London, controversially convicted of the murder of a police officer. He was pardoned on 30th July 1998.

- 1955 - Birthday: Nicolas Sarkozy, 23rd President of France (2007-12), born in Paris.

- 1958 - The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks.

- 1961 - Republic of Rwanda was proclaimed

- 1982 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Testing Site.

- 1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after lift off from Cape Canaveral, killing all 7 crew members.

- 1988 - Canada: Supreme court declares anti-abortion law unconstitutional.

- 1998 - Michelangelo's "Christ & the Woman of Samaria" sold for $7.4 million,

- 2002 - A Boeing 727-100 (TAME Flight 120) crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia killing 92 people.

- 2010 - Five murderers of Bangladeshi President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman hanged.

- 2013 - China: 10 people were killed and 11 were injured after a freight train collides with a bus in Heihe City.

- 2013 - Kazakhstan: 20 people were killed after a Bombardier CRJ200 airliner crashes outside Almaty.

- 2018 - Kiribati: Seven survivors from missing ferry carrying 102 people rescued.

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