Today in History - January 28th

  • 1807 - On this day in history, London's Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. 
  • 1902 - The Carnegie Institution was established in Washington, DC with a grant of $10 million from Andrew Carnegie. 
  • 1909 - Today in history, The United States stopped direct control of Cuba. 
  • 1915 - The Coast Guard was established by an act of the Congress to prevent contraband and aid distressed vessels. 
  • 1916 - On this day in history, Louis D. Brandeis was appointed by President Wilson to the Supreme Court, thus becoming its first Jewish appointee.
  • 1918 - Trotsky became the leader of the Reds.
  • 1935 - Today in history, Iceland became the first country to permit legal abortions. 
  • 1938 - The first ski tow started operation in Vermont. 
  • 1965 - On this day in history, General Motors reported the biggest profit of any U.S. company in history. 
  • 1973 - "Barnaby Jones" premiered on CBS.
  • 1986 - Today in history, the space shuttle Challenger exploded just after takeoff, killing all seven of its crew members.
  • 1991- Dictator Siad Barre left Somalia, ending a 22-year rule.
  • 1998- On this day in history, Michelangelo's "Christ and the Woman of Samaria" sold for $7.4 million.
  • 1999 - Ford Motor Company announced the purchase of Sweden's Volvo for $6.45 billion. 
  • 2003 - Today in history, President George W. Bush stated that Saddam Hussein had tried to acquire significant quantities of uranium (a claim substantiated by forged documents).

SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 28th

  • 1878 - The first telephone switchboard was installed in New Haven, CT. 

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 28th

  • 1904 - On this day in history, Enrico Caruso signed his first contract with Victor Records and debuted at the Met Opera in NY.
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley made his first appearance on national television on "The Dorsey Brothers Show" on CBS.
  • 1985 - Today in history, the song "We Are the World" was recorded, with more than 40 artists involved, while the proceeds went toward global hunger prevention. 
  • 1996 - Diana Ross performed at half-time during Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, AZ.

SPORTS - Today in History, January 28th

  • 1969 - On this day in history, Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman jockey to win in this sport in North America.


  • Jose Marti 1853
  • Susan Sontag 1933
  • Alan Alda 1936 
  • Barbi Benton 1950 
  • Elijah Wood 1981