28 January It Happened Today


814  Death of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne.

1547  Death of King Henry VIII of England.

1807  London becomes the first city in the world to be lit by gas lights.

1912  Birth of American painter Jackson Pollock.

1935  Iceland becomes the first country in the world to legalise abortion.

1936  Birth of American actor Alan Alda.

1986  The US space shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after take off, killing all seven astronauts.



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