What happened this day in history January 28

What are the important events that happened on January 28? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 28: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 28 is the 28th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 338 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 15, 2024 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,440,000 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘icosioctagon’ day.

Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 13 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 4,055 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 28 Historical Events

  • 1754
    Horace Walpole coins the word serendipity in a letter to Horace Mann.
  • 1820
    A Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev discovers the Antarctic continent approaching the Antarctic coast.
  • 1846
    The Battle of Aliwal, India, is won by British troops commanded by Sir Harry Smith.
  • 1915
    An act of the U.S. Congress creates the United States Coast Guard.
  • 1918
    Finnish Civil War: Rebels seized control of the capital, Helsinki, and members of the Senate of Finland go underground.
  • 1965
    The current design of the Flag of Canada is chosen by an act of Parliament.
  • 2002
    TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia killing 92.
  • 2006
    The roof of one of the buildings at the Katowice International Fair in Chorzów / Katowice, Poland, collapses due to the weight of snow, killing 65 and injuring more than 170 others.
  • 2011
    Hundreds of thousands of protesters filled up the Egyptian’s streets in demonstrations referred to as “Friday of Anger” against the Mubarak regime.
  • 2017
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rooster in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on January 28?

  • 1225
    Saint Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274)
  • 1858
    Tannatt William Edgeworth David, KBE, DSO, FRS, Welsh-born Australian geologist and Antarctic explorer (d. 1934)
  • 1912
    Jackson Pollock, American painter (d. 1956)
  • 1915
    Nien Cheng, Chinese-born American writer (d. 2009)
  • 1924
    Marcel Broodthaers, Belgian painter (d. 1976)
  • 1950
    Barbi Benton, American actress
  • 1959
    Frank Darabont, American filmmaker
  • 1962
    Keith Hamilton Cobb, American actor
  • 1971
    Anthony Hamilton, American soul singer
  • 1975
    Lee Latchford-Evans, English singer

Who died on January 28?

  • 1832
    Augustin Daniel Belliard, French general (b. 1769)
  • 1903
    Augusta Holmès, French composer (b. 1847)
  • 1938
    Bernd Rosemeyer, German racecar driver (b. 1909)
  • 1976
    Marcel Broodthaers, Belgian painter (b. 1924)
  • 1979
    Eileen Shanahan, Irish poet (b. 1901)
  • 2002
    Gustaaf Deloor, Belgian cyclist (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    Jacques Villeret, French actor (b. 1951)
  • 2007
    Carlo Clerici, Swiss road racing cyclist (b. 1929)
  • 2007
    Hsu Wei Lun, Taiwanese actress (b. 1978)
  • 2008
    Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece (b. 1939)

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