2021 January

January 28: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 28

January 28th is known as International Lego Day and Data Privacy Day.

We’ve made it to the 28th day of the year! There are 337 days left until we reach the new year.

Everyone who was born on this day shares the same star sign, Aquarius.

Sit tight as we share with you the many incredible facts and events that all happened on this day in history, including historical events in technology and literature.

Did you know that on this day in 1887, the world’s largest snowflake was discovered? It measured 15 inches wide by 8 inches thick and was found in a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana.

Keep reading for more facts about January 28th in history!

What Happened On January 28 In History?

2017

Tennis sisters went head-to-head when Serena Williams beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 at the Australian Open Women’s Tennis.

2011

The Egyptian government shut down 88% of the internet across the country.

The government decided this would be the best course of action to help control the large protests that were happening.
1998

Famous painting, “Christ of the Woman of Samaria” by Michelangelo was sold for a staggering $7.4 million.

1986

Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after takeoff, killing all 7 crew members.

OTD in 1986: Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after takeoff
Several crew survived the initial breakup of the craft but not the impact of the Atlantic Ocean.
1962

Honeybees stung Johannes Relleke a world record 2,443 times in Zimbabwe.

Amazingly she survived. Locals call the event "The Relleke Massacre" because all the bees died!
1958

Patent was received for Ole Kirk Christiansen’s LEGO plastic bricks.

Source Beem Law
1935

Law No. 38 in Iceland meant abortion became legal, making it the 1st western country to do so.

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1887

Digging began to make way for construction of the Eiffel Tower, Paris.

OTD in 1887: Digging began to make way for construction of the Eiffel Tower
1887

The world’s largest snowflake measuring 15 inches wide by 8 inches thick was discovered in a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana.

1813

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was first published in the UK.

1547

King Edward VI crowned King of England after Henry VIII died.

He was just 9 years old when crowned.