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Important Events From This day in History January 28th

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1986 - Challenger Explodes
1986 : The space shuttle Challenger explodes just after liftoff , killing the seven astronauts aboard, this was the 10th trip for Challenger and included a teacher from New Hampshire, Christa MacAuliffe, among the astronauts, as part of a new Teacher in Space project. The Launch was shown live on CNN and many schools set up televisions for children to watch due to the involvement of a teacher in the shuttle.
Other crew members aboard the Challenger ship included Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, and Ronald McNair, as well as Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik. A warning was ignored that certain equipment on the ship was vulnerable at new temperatures.

1937 - Rolls Royce
Testing of the Rolls Royce had begun on this day. The first model that appeared on the streets a few years after World War II ended was the Rolls Royce Silver Wraith.


1956 - Elvis Presley
The young country rock singer Elvis Presley makes his first ever television appearance on Television in the musical variety program Stage Show singing "Heartbreak Hotel" check out our 50s Music page for more information .

1930 - Chrysler Building
With the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York which is the tallest building in the world at 78 stories and dwarfs the 56 story Woolworths building and is even taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, this is at a cost of some $15,000,000 investment by Mr Chrysler and shows the world that the American Auto industry is the best in the world. Just 12 months later the Empire State Building is completed which is taller.

1917 - Pancho Villa Dead or Alive
US forces give up searching for Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa after nearly one year, following his massacre of 16 U.S. citizens at Santa Isabel in northern Mexico and 17 American Citizens in Columbus, New Mexico President Wilson had sent US forces into Mexico with orders to capture Villa dead or alive.

1978 - Fantasy Island
First Episode of Fantasy Island Aired on Television. Many people probably remember Fantasy Island-especially those who grew up in the 1980's. The first episode of this show actually aired in 1978.
This show featured a guide known to have angelic qualities. This guide took people to an imaginary Island-one that they would want to go to, where their fantasies were to be fulfilled. However, even though this was a great opportunity, guests of Fantasy Island would pay as much as $50,000 dollars to benefit from this chance to escape.
Stars of this show included Ricardo Montalban who played Roarke (The angelic tour guide), and Herve Villianchase, who acted as Roarke's right hand man. The last episode of this show was aired in 1984.

1932 - Japan Occupies Shanghai
Japan began it's bombing and reoccupation of Shanghai, China .

1940 - Beat the Band
The popular TV program "Beat the Band" debuts on NBC radio


1953 - Derek Bentley
1953 : Derek Bentley is hung at Wandsworth Prison in London for his part in the murder of Pc Sidney Miles who attempted to arrest him during a break in at a warehouse in Croydon, Surrey

1958 - Murder Road Trip
Charles Starkweather, a 19-year-old high school dropout from Lincoln, Nebraska, and his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, go on a deadly road trip and kill a Lincoln businessman, his wife and their maid, as part of a killing spree that began a week earlier when he killed Fugate's stepfather and mother, and strangled Fugate's two-and-a-half-year-old sister

1961 Shooting
Mrs. Koemick was shot in the head on this day with a .22-caliber rifle. This shooting took place in a local furniture store, and the husband of this woman was questioned. More answers were yet to be found as of this time.
Five firemen had been killed while on the scene of a bakery fire. They lost their lives after the walls of the bakery plant had closed down on them. There were 20 firemen total trapped in this fire as of this time

1964 - East West Relations
1964 : Tension levels had risen between the U.S. and the Soviet Union dramatically during this time in history. On this day, a U.S. jet was shot down by Soviet troops. The jet was pulling into an East German airbase at the time that it had happened.


1968 Korea Soviet Union
The Soviet Union at this time was using caution in their dealings with Korea. The possibility of an explosion in the Far East was part of the reason
Coupled with the possibility that the Soviet Union did not believe they were equipped enough to deal with Korea if Korea became a Soviet enemy. Besides that, the Soviet Union had a vested interest in Korea a treaty had been signed between these two countries in earlier years.

1968 Greenland H Bombs Lost
A radiation alert is issued following B-52 bomber armed with four hydrogen bombs crashes near the Arctic air base of Thule in Greenland. After the bombs were found it took nine months to remove all the contaminated material including snow from the crash site.


1972 Black Caucus
The Black Caucus was gaining quite a bit of ground during this time in history. This organization is a group that was formed at this time in order to gain votes representing the 25 million U.S. African American citizens.
Black citizens have turned to the Black Caucus for quite a number of things, such as help and advice regarding local political issues. In fact, citizens have modeled their local political causes after that of the national Black Caucus organization. This particular association is still in existence today.


1972 Montreal Fires
It was believed that the possible cause of a fire that occurred in Montreal on this day had started on purpose. Part of the reason why it was suspected that this fire was started by an arsonist was the fact that 20 fires altogether had occurred in the same area within 15 days.

1982 - Red Brigade
Italian police rescue US Brigadier General James Dozier after storming a flat in Padua where he was being held by Red Brigade guerrillas.

1997 - Stephen Biko
1997 : Four police officers, appearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, admit to the 1977 killing of Stephen Biko, a leader of the South African Black consciousness movement

2012 - Yemeni President Arrives in US
President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen arrived in the United States to receive treatment for injuries that were a result of an assassination attempt. Saleh left Yemen after a law was passed that gave him immunity from prosecution and after he gave a farewell speech on television.

2013 Netherlands Queen Abdicates
2013 : Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has decided to abdicate in order for her son Prince Willem-Alexander to take over the crown. She had recorded a televised address to declare her intentions and announced that she would formally step down on April 30th.


2014 Chickens Killed to Stop H7N9 Spread
2014 : Hong Kong announced that it will kill 20,000 chickens in order to stop the spread of the H7N9 bird flu. The culling was announced after the virus had been found in chickens that had been sent to China. A three week ban on live chicken importation was also put in place.


Born This Day In History 28th January

Celebrating Birthday's Today Elijah Wood Born: 28th January 1981 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.A.
Known For : Elijah Wood is possibly best known for starring in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy as Frodo Baggins , but prior to that he starred in Oliver Twist, as The Artful Dodger. He is a very private man keeping his relationships private and also his generous nature and has supported several campaigns for charity such as Keep a Child Alive or ALDO/YouthAIDS

Alan Alda
Born: Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo 28th January 1942 Bronx, New York, USA
Known For : Alan Alda is possibly best known for his role as "Hawkeye Pierce" in the television series M*A*S*H. one of the most successful shows in TV history which ran from September 17th, 1972 ( Pilot ) to February 28, 1983 ( "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" ) which is still the single most watched episode of a television series in American history with an estimated 50.15 million or over 75% of the TV viewing public watching it.