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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.

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 interesting 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

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

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1935

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

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1915

The United States Coast Guard was formed by an act passed by the US Congress.

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

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

OTD in 1547: Edward VI was crowned King of England after Henry VIII died.
He was just nine years old when crowned.

January 28 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

Aquarians are incredibly assertive, and once they have made their mind up about something, there is no changing it.

Those of you that were born in January have the Garnet birthstone. The garnet is undoubtedly a gift to the wearer as it brings them love, friendships, loyalty, health, and luck.

For people born on Jan 28, your estimated date of conception falls on May 7 in the previous year.

Is today is your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Elijah Wood! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

Famous People Born On January 28

HRVY

HRVY

English Singer
Birthday: January 28, 1999
Age: 22 years old
Born In: England, United Kingdom
Will Poulter

Will Poulter

English Actor
Birthday: January 28, 1993
Age: 28 years old
Born In: England, United Kingdom
Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood

American Actor
Birthday: January 28, 1981
Age: 40 years old
Born In: Iowa, USA
Henry VII

Henry VII

English King
Birthday: January 28, 1457
Died On: Apr 21, 1509 (Age 52)
Born In: Pembroke, United Kingdom

Did you know that on this day, January 28th 1887, the world's largest snowflake was discovered?