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This Day in History: Jan. 28

This Day in History

1547: England's King Henry VIII dies and is succeeded by his 9-year-old son, Edward VI.
1871: France surrenders in the Franco-Prussian War.
1878: The first commercial telephone exchange opens in New Haven, CT.
1916: Pres. Woodrow Wilson appoints Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court ; he becomes its first Jewish member.
1973: A cease-fire takes effect in North and South Vietnam as the four parties to the conflict sign an accord in Paris, France.
1986: Moments after liftoff, the space shuttle Challenger explodes, killing all on board—6 astronauts and teacher Christa McAuliffe.
2003: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the Likud Party retain power in parliamentary elections which give the Likud 38 seats in the Knesset to only 19 for the rival Labor Party.

Today's Birthdays

1457: Henry VII, king of England (Pembrokeshire, England; died 1509)
1822: Alexander MacKenzie, Canadian prime minister (Logierait, Perth, Scotland; died 1892)
1833: Charles George Gordon, British general and colonial administrator (Woolwich, England; died 1885)
1841: Henry Morton Stanley, explorer and leader of the expedition to find David Livingstone (Wales; died 1904)
1853: José Julian Marti, Cuban poet and patriot (Havana, Cuba; died 1895)
1873: Colette, French novelist (Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, France; died 1954)
1887: Arthur Rubinstein, pianist (Poland; died 1982)
1912: Jackson Pollock, painter (Cody, WY; died 1956)
1929: Claes Oldenburg, artist/sculptor (Stockholm, Sweden)
1933: Susan Sontag, author (New York, NY; died 2004)
1936: Alan Alda, actor (New York, NY)
1948: Mikhail Baryshnikov, ballet dancer (Riga, Latvia)
1968: Sarah McLachlan, singer (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
1977: Daunte Culpepper, football player (Ocala, FL)
1981: Elijah Wood, actor (Cedar Rapids, IA)


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