28 The Roman Emperor Nerva names Trajan, an arm
general, as his successor.
1547 Henry VIII of England dies and is succeeded by
his nine-year-old son Edward VI.
1757 Ahmed Shah, the first King of Afghanistan,
occupies Delhi and annexes the Punjab.
1792 Rebellious slaves in Santo Domingo launch an
attack on the city of Cap.
1871 Surrounded by Prussian troops and suffering
from famine, the French army in Paris surrenders. During
the siege, balloons were used to keep contact with the
1915 The U.S. Coast Guard is founded to fight
contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea.
1915 The German navy attacks the U.S. freighter
William P. Frye, loaded with wheat for Britain.
1921 Albert Einstein startles Berlin by suggesting the
possibility of measuring the universe.
1932 The Japanese attack Shanghai, China, and
declare martial law.
1936 A fellow prison inmate slashes infamous
kidnapper, Richard Loeb, to death.
1941 French General Charles DeGaulle’s Free French
forces sack south Libya oasis.
1945 Chiang Kai-shek renames the Ledo-Burma Roa
the Stilwell Road, in honor of General Joseph Stilwell.
1955 The U.S. Congress passes a bill allowing
mobilization of troops if China should attack Taiwan.
1964 The Soviets down a U.S. jet over East Germany
1970 Israeli fighter jets attack the suburbs of Cairo.
1986 The space shuttle Challenger explodes just after
Born on January 28
1693 Anna “Ivanovna”, Tsarina of Russia.
1706 John Baskerville, inventor of the “hot-pressing”
method of printing.
1933 Susan Sontag, American essayist and novelist
(The Style of Radical Will, Illness as a Metaphor).