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Day History: January-28

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1077- Walk to Canossa -The excommunication of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor is lifted.

1393-King Charles VI of France -is nearly killed when Bal des Ardents|several dancers' costumes catch fire during a masquerade ball.

1521-The Diet of Worms -begins, lasting until May 25.

1547- Henry VIII of England|Henry VIII -dies. His nine-year-old son, Edward VI of England|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- Thomas Warner (explorer)|Sir Thomas Warner -founds the first British colony in the Caribbean, on the island of Saint Kitts.

1701-The Chinese Battle of Dartsedo|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 Imperial Russia|Russia -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 Harry Smith (army)|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 (1870–71)|Siege of Paris ends in French defeat and an armistice.

1878-'' Yale Daily News -' becomes the first daily Student newspaper|college newspaper in the United States.

1887-In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh -Montana, the world's largest snowflakes are reported, {{convert|15|in|cm}} wide and {{convert|8|in|cm}} thick.

1896-Walter Arnold of East Peckham -Kent becomes the first person to be convicted of speed limit|speeding. He was fined 1 shilling (British coin)|shilling, plus costs, for speeding at {{convert|8|mph|km/h|abbr=on}}, thus exceeding the contemporary speed limit of {{convert|2|mph|km/h|abbr=on}}.

1902-The Carnegie Institution for Science|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 Municipal Library Elevator Coup|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 Congress of the United States|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 -Rebellion|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 (Washington, D.C.)|Knickerbocker Theatre collapses.

1932-Japanese forces January 28 Incident|attack Shanghai -

1933-The name Pakistan -is Neologism|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.

1934-The first ski tow -in the United States begins operation in Vermont.

1935- Iceland -becomes the first Western country to legalize therapeutic abortion.

1938-The World Land Speed Record -on a public road is broken by Rudolf Caracciola in the Mercedes-Benz W195 at a speed of {{convert|432.7|km/h|mph}}.

1941- Franco-Thai War -Final air battle of the conflict. A Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.

1945- World War II -Supplies begin to reach the Republic of China over the newly reopened Burma Road.

1956- Elvis Presley -makes his first US television appearance

1958-The Lego -company patents the design of its Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.

1958-The last episode of the British radio comedy programme '' The Goon Show -' is broadcast.

1960-The National Football League -announced expansion teams for Dallas Cowboys|Dallas to start in the 1960 NFL season and Minnesota Vikings|Minneapolis-St. Paul for 1961 NFL season.

1964-An unarmed United States Air Force|USAF -T-39 Sabreliner on a training mission is T-39 Aircraft Incident|shot down over Erfurt, East Germany, by a Soviet Air Forces|Soviet MiG-19.

1965-The current design of the Flag of Canada -is chosen by an act of Parliament of Canada|Parliament.

1977-The first day of the Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977 -which dumps {{convert|10|ft|m}} of snow in one-day in Upstate New York, with Buffalo, New York| Buffalo, Syracuse, New York|Syracuse, Watertown, New York|Watertown, and surrounding areas most affected. File:Challenger explosion.jpg|thumb|200px|Disintegration of the Space Shuttle Challenger.