What Happened On This Day – January 28
1986 Space Shuttle “Challenger” explodes
The orbiter broke apart 73 seconds after lift-off, killing all 7 astronauts on board.
1985 USA for Africa record “We Are the World”
Over 20 million copies of the charity single were sold.
1958 The Lego brick is patented
The Lego company has since produced 500 billion Lego elements, amounting to 10 lego towers from Earth to the Moon.
1820 Fabian von Bellinghausen discovers the Antarctic
The Baltic German explorer is believed to be the first person to sight the Earth's southernmost continent.
1813 Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice, is published
It is one of the best-known works of English literature and it was sold about 20 million times.
Births On This Day – January 28
1978 Gianluigi Buffon
1968 Sarah McLachlan
Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist, producer
1955 Nicolas Sarkozy
French politician, 23rd President of France
1912 Jackson Pollock
1853 José Martí
Cuban journalist, poet, theorist
Deaths On This Day – January 28
2002 Astrid Lindgren
Swedish author, screenwriter
1975 Ola Raknes
Norwegian psychoanalyst, philologist
1939 W. B. Yeats
Irish poet, Nobel Prize laureate
1547 Henry VIII of England