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JANUARY 28

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Rwanda: Democracy Day
(Celebration of the anniversary of the formation of the Republic of Rwanda: 01/28/1961)
Rwanda Canadian Immigration Service
1828 Thomas Hindman (Tennessee-born Confederate General) Tennessee Military Figures American Civil War History Channel
1457 Henry VII, King of England King Henry VII British Monarchy
1762 William Stephens (English Statesman; First Governor of Colonial Georgia) English Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders Colonial Georgia University of Georgia
1768 Frederick VI, King of Denmark Denmark
1822 Alexander MacKenzie (Prime Minister of Canada) Scotland Canada
1833 Charles George Gordon (English General) English Military Figures Greenwich Guide
1874 James Larkin (Irish Labor Leader) Irish Political and Social Leaders Labor Biography
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
814 Charlemagne (King of the Franks, Emperor of the West, Founder of the Holy Roman Empire) European History
1547 Henry VIII, King of England Henry VIII British Monarchy
1725 Peter the Great, Czar of Russia Russian Political Leaders
1859 William Hickling Prescott (Massachusetts-born Historian) Massachusetts Authors U.S. History Chambers Book of Days
1976 Vivian Henderson (Tennessee-born African-American Educator, Civil Rights Advocate) Tennessee Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note Civil Rights/human Rights African American Political and Social Leaders Atlanta University Time University of Georgia
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1547 10-year-old Edward VI Succeeds His Father, Henry VIII, as King of England English History British Monarchy Tutor History
1770 Lord Frederick North Begins His Administration as Prime Minister of England English Political and Social Leaders Colonial America American Revolution Chambers Book of Days
1777 British General, John Burgoyne, Submits a Plan to Isolate New England from the Other Colonies British Military Figures Colonial America American Revolution History Channel
1836 Italian Hero of the Battle of San Jacinto, Prospero Bernardi, Arrives in Texas Aboard the Schooner Pennsylvania Italian Military Figures Texas Military Figures Battle of San Jacinto Texas State Historical Association
1861 President-elect Abraham Lincoln Accepts an Invitation to Visit Indianapolis, Indiana en Route to His Inauguration in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Indianapolis, Indiana Abraham Lincoln American Presidency Lincoln Logs
1863 The USS. Sagamore Captures and Destroys the British Blockade Runner, Elizabeth, at the Mouth of Florida's Jupiter Inlet Great Britain Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 The U. S. Schooner, Beauregard, Captures the British Blockade-Runner Racer North of Cape Canaveral, Florida Great Britain Cape Canaveral, Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
The British Steamer Rosita Is Captured by the U.S. Army Transport Steamer Western Metropolis Near Key West, Florida Great Britain Key West, Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1871 The Franco-Prussian War Ends, France Loses Alsace-Lorraine France Germany European History New York Times
1915 German Military Sinks the U.S. Merchant Ship William P. Frye Off the Coast of Brazil Germany Brazil Naval History World War I History Channel
President Woodrow Wilson Signs the Act Creating the Coast Guard President Woodrow Wilson Naval History Law and Legal Resources U.S. Coast Guard
1916 President Woodrow Wilson Nominates Louis Brandeis as the First Jewish Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Louis Brandeis President Woodrow Wilson U.S. Supreme Court Judaism Historic Firsts History Channel
1917 American Forces Are Recalled from Mexico After Nearly 11 Months of Fruitless Searching for Mexican Revolutionary Pancho Villa Pancho Villa History Channel
1918 Civil War Breaks Out in Finland Between the Red Supporters of the Russian Bolsheviks and the White Opposition Finland Russia League of Nations
1932 70,000 Japanese Troops Land at Shanghai, Forcing the Chinese 19th Route Army to Retreat Japan China League of Nations
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
1945 Allied Forces Break Japan's Blockade of China by Opening the 717-mile "Burma Road" Giving China a Supply Line to India China Japan World War II History Channel
1946 Canadian Racing Schooner "Bluenose" Is Wrecked on a Reef and Sinks Off the Coast of Haiti Canada Haiti Naval History Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
1958 Ferenc Münnich Becomes Chairman of Hungary's Council of Ministers Hungary Cold War history Research Center
1961 Republic of Rwanda Is Formed Rwanda African History Merriam-Webster
1964 A U.S. Military Jet Is Shot Down over East German Airspace Germany Aviation History Cold War History Channel
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
1973 Vietnam Cease-fire Agreement Goes into Effect Vietnam War History Channel
1975 President Ford Asks for Military Aid to South Vietnam & Cambodia Gerald Ford Cambodia Vietnam Television News Archive
1982 U.S. Conducts Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons
Italian Police Rescue U.S. Brigadier General James Dozier - Held Hostage by the Red Brigade for 42 Days Italy Terrorism BBC
1989 In South Africa, Ultraconservative Members of the Afrikaaner Resistance Movement Organize the White Freedom Movement South Africa Apartheid South African History
1990 In Romania, Thousands Demonstrate Against the Interim Government of Ion Iliescu. Romanian Political and Social Leaders Cold War BBC
1997 Appearing Before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Four Police Officers Admit to Killing Black anti-Apartheid Leader Stephen Biko 1997 South African Political and Social Leaders Apartheid Crime Law and Legal Resources History Channel

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