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This was 28th day of the year and 337 days remained in the year.

January 28 Birthdays

Jackson Pollock
1912–56, American painter, born in Cody, Wyo.

Sir Henry Morton Stanley
explorer (1841)

William Seward Burroughs
inventor (1857)

novelist (1873)

Arthur Rubinstein
concert pianist (1887)

John Banner
actor (1910)

Roger Vadim
filmmaker (1928)

Alan Alda
actor (1936)

Sarah McLachlan
singer, songwriter (1968)

Elijah Wood
actor (1981)

January 28 in History


King Henry VIII of England died and his nine-year-old son, Edward VI, assumed the throne.


Congress passed legislation creating the U.S. Coast Guard.


The first Jewish Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Louis Brandeis, was appointed.


U.S. shuttle Challenger exploded 72 seconds after lift off, killing all seven crew members aboard, including school teacher Christa McAuliffe.


The creation of Element 114 is announced by scientists.


In his second State of the Union Address, President Bush presents case for war with Iraq.

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