On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is published, with the writer identified only as "the author of Sense and Sensibility."
Louis Brandeis is nominated for appointment to the Supreme Court, later becoming its first Jewish member.
The space shuttle Challenger explodes after liftoff, resulting in the death of all seven astronauts aboard, including teacher Christa McAuliffe.
Tennis superstar Roger Federer wins the Australian Open, marking his 10th Grand Slam championship.
Paula Abdul's album Forever Your Girl hits number one on the Billboard Hot 100 after spending 62 consecutive weeks on the charts.
The original Bert and Ernie Muppets, created by Jim Henson, are stolen from a museum exhibit in Germany. The puppets were later returned.
By a 244-188 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives approves Barack Obama's $819 billion stimulus bill.
Born on This Day
Born: January 28, 1912
Birthplace: Cody, Wyoming, United States
1955 | 59 years old
1936 | 78 years old
Animal Rights Activist, Singer / 1968 -
Founder of the female musician showcase Lilith Fair, Sarah McLachlan's emotional ballads include "I Will Remember You," "Sweet Surrender," "Adia" and "Angel."
Born: January 28, 1968
Age: 46 years old
Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Occupation: Animal Rights Activist, Singer
1981 | 33 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor
1874 | 73 years old
Activist, Folk Hero
Died on This Day
Died: January 28, 1986
Age: 37 years old
Place: Orlando, Florida , United States
1960 | 69 years old
Civil Rights Activist, Author
1939 | 73 years old
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