January 28: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on January 28 throughout history. The Gregorian calendar’s twenty-eighth day is January 28th. On this day in history, a group of American musicians issued the record “We Are the World” to raise funds for Ethiopian hunger relief, Elvis Presley had his first television appearance, and the Yale Daily News became the country’s first campus newspaper.

Aquarius is the zodiac sign for January 28. Alan Alda, Nick Carter, and J. Cole all have famous birthdays. The 28th of January is also National Kazoo Day and National Lego Day.


(January 28, 1813)
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published anonymously and quickly became a hit, thanks in part to the popularity of the major character, Elizabeth Bennet, who is said to be Austen's favourite heroine of all time.


(January 28, 1912)
Jackson Pollock, an American painter who was a leading proponent of Abstract Expressionism and garnered global acclaim for the radical poured, or "drip," technique he used to make his major works, was born.

(January 28, 1958)
Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, whose father created the Danish business LEGO, applied for a Danish patent (which was later obtained) for a toy building block that quickly became a worldwide hit.

(January 28, 1986)
The Challenger space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Florida on this day in 1986, killing all seven people on board, including a schoolteacher who had been chosen as the first American civilian to ride in space.

(January 28, 2021)
Cicely Tyson, an American actress known for her vivid depictions of powerful African American women, died at the age of 96.

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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