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JANUARY 28

1611 Johannes Hevelius (Polish Astronomer) Polish Scientists & Mathematicians The Moon Comets
1855 William Burroughs (New York-born Inventor of the First Commercially-Successful Adding Machine) New York Scientists and Inventors Inventors and Inventions Mathematics
1903 Kathleen Lonsdale (English Pioneer of X-ray Crystallography) English Scientists & Mathematicians Crystallography
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1938 Bernd Rosemeyer (German Race-Car Driver Killed Trying to Break the Public Road Speed Record) German Sports Figures Auto Racing Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1986 Christa McAuliffe (Massachusetts-born Teacher, Astronaut Killed in the Challenger Disaster) Christa McAuliffe Educator Astronauts
Gregory Jarvis (New York-born Astronaut Killed in the Challenger Disaster) New York Astronauts
Ronald McNair (South Carolina-born African-American Physicist, Astronaut Killed in the Challenger Disaster) Ronald McNair Physics Famous African Americans Astronauts
Ellison S. Onizuka (Hawaii-born Asian-American Astronaut Killed in the Challenger Disaster) Hawaii Asian-American Explorers and Aviators Astronauts
Judith A. Resnik (Ohio-born Astronaut Killed in the Challenger Disaster) Ohio Astronauts
Francis R. Scobee (Washington-born Astronaut Killed in the Challenger Disaster) Washington State Astronauts
Michael J. Smith (North Carolina-born Astronaut Killed in the Challenger Disaster) North Carolina Astronauts
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1807 London's Pall Mall Is the First Street Lit by Gaslights London Light Gases Historic Firsts Chambers Book of Days Historic UK
1855 The First Train Crosses the Isthmus of Panamá Panamá Railroads Historic Firsts History Channel
1872 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 188 People in Samaxi, Azerbaijan, Leaving About 30,000 People Homeless Azerbaijan Earthquakes Death USGS
1873 U.S. Patent #135,245 Is Obtained by French Chemist Louis Pasteur for a Process of Brewing Beer and Ale Louis Pasteur Patents and Trademarks Foods and Nutrition USPTO
1890 Farmers in Clarks Grove, Minnesota Form a Dairy Cooperative Clarks Grove, Minnesota Farming & Agriculture Cows Business Minnesota Historical Society
1937 Rolls-Royce Wraith Makes Its First Test Run English History Rolls Royce Antique Automobile Club of America History Channel
1938 German Race-Car Driver, Rudolf Caracciola, Sets a Public Road Speed Record (268.496 mph) on a German Autobahn German Sports Figures Auto Racing History Channel Center for the Study of Technology and Society
German Race-Car Driver, Bernd Rosemeyer, Is Killed Trying to Break Rudolf Caracciola's Public Road Speed Record German Sports Figures Auto Racing Death Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1942 Pro-Axis Saboteurs Attempt to Destabilize Gold Mine Production by Destroying 5 South African Power Stations South Africa Gold World War II South African History
1958 The United States Air Force Successfully Tests Its Thor Missile Cape Canaveral, Florida Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Exploration Cold War Florida Historical Society
Danish Inventor, Kirk Christiansen, Submits a Patent for the Interlocking Plastic Lego Brick Danish Scientists & Inventors Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks Legos ABC
1968 Teams Search Near Greenland for the Wreckage of U.S B-52 Bomber Armed with 4 Hydrogen Bombs Greenland Aviation Military History Nuclear Weapons BBC
1969 The Blowout of a Union Drill Platform in California's Santa Barbara Channel Covers 20 Miles of Coastline with Oil Santa Barbara, California Earth Science Oceans Business Learn California
1982 U.S. Conducts Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons
1986 Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes 72 Seconds after Takeoff Challenger Disaster Notable Persons Who Have Died on This Date History Channel New York Times BBC Texas State Historical Association History Link NASA

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