The Brighter Side of History - January 28

1099 First Crusaders begins siege of Hosn-el-Akrad Syria
1613 Galileo may have unknowingly viewed undiscovered planet Neptune More ...
1754 Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coins the word serendipity
1787 Philadelphia's Free Africa Society organizes
1807 London's Pall Mall is first lit by gaslight More ...
1813 Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is published by Thomas Egerton in the United Kingdom
1820 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen and his expedition become the first people to sight the Antarctic mainland
1824 William Kneass becomes 3rd US chief engraver (1824-40)
1855 First locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway
1865 Confederate President Jefferson Davis names 3 peace commissioners
1873 French chemist Louis Pasteur patents a process of brewing beer and ale More ...
1878 First telephone exchange (New Haven, CT) More ...
1878 Yale Daily News published, first college daily newspaper More ...
1886 Benz patents his internal combustion engine powered automobile More ...
1887 In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes are reported, being 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick
1901 American League organizes More ...
1902 Carnegie Institute founded in Washington DC More ...
1904 Enrico Caruso signed his first contract with Victor Records More ...
1904 First college sports letters given to Seniors who played on University of Chicago's football team are awarded blankets with letter "C" on them
1914 Beverly Hills, California, is incorporated More ...
1915 US Coast Guard created from Life Saving & Revenue Cutter services More ...
1921 The National Football League franchise in Decatur, Illinois was transferred this day to Chicago More ...
1922 American Pro Football Association renamed "National Football League"
1925 -46°F (-43°C), Pittsburgh, New Hampshire (state record)
1930 Chrysler Building completed More ...
1932 First US state unemployment insurance act enacted-Wisconsin More ...
1934 First US ski tow (rope) begins operation (Woodstock, VT) More ...
1937 Testing of the Rolls Royce had begun on this day. The Silver Wraith debuted shortly after WWII ended.
1940 Beat the Band made its debut on NBC radio More ...
1942 “Sighted Sub, Sank Same” was the message sent More ...
1943 Forward Doug Bentley sets NHL record with 5 points in a game
1949 NY Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin & Ford Smith
1950 I Can Dream, Can't I?" by the Andrews Sisters topped the charts More ...
1951 "Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page topped the charts More ...
1953 J Fred Muggs (the chimp) joins NBC's "Today Show"
1956 Elvis Presley's first TV appearance (Dorsey Brothers Stage Show) More ...
1956 "Memories Are Made of This" by Dean Martin More ...
1957 "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)
1957 The Brooklyn Dodgers (‘da Bums’) hires circus clown Emmett Kelly More ...
1958 The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today
1958 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck More ...
1958 Construction began on first private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor More ...
1959 Soviet Union wins 62-37 for 1st international basketball loss by US
1960 First photograph bounced off Moon, Washington, DC More ...
1960 NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) and Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises
1961 "Wonderland by Night" by Bert Kaempfert topped the charts More ...
1961 Niagara Falls hydroelectric project begins producing power More ...
1963 -34°F (-37°C), Cynthiana, Kentucky (state record)
1965 The Who make their 1st appearance on British TV
1966 "I'm a Believer" by the Monkees topped the charts More ...
1967 Rolling Stones release "Let's Spend the Night Together"
1968 Radiation alert following B-52 crash in Arctic air base of Thule in Greenland
1968 Goose Goslin and Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame
1973 Ron Howard appears on M*AS*H in "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"
1973 Mickey Welch, George Kelly, and Billy Evans elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1973 "Barnaby Jones" premieres on CBS TV
1974 Sam Thompson, Jim Bottomley, and Jocko Conlan elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1978 "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV
1979 "Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater New York City, NY after 1672 performances More ...
1980 US President Ronald Reagan lifts remaining domestic petroleum price and allocation controls
1984 "Owner of a Lonely Heart" by Yes topped the charts More ...
1984 Los Angeles Kings stop Wayne Gretzky's 51-game scoring streak
1984 Record 295,000 dominoes toppled, Fuerth, West Germany
1985 Charity single "We Are the World" is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and other pop stars)
1986 The U.S. Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 74 seconds into its flight, killing seven persons, including Christa McAuliffe, a teacher who was to be the first ordinary citizen in space
1989 "Two Hearts" by Phil Collins topped the charts More ...
1990 San Francisco 49ers win their fourth Super Bowl with a 55-10 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV in New Orleans
1995 "Creep" by TLC topped the charts More ...
1996 Dallas Cowboys become the first NFL franchise to win 3 Super Bowls in 4 seasons, as they defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, AZ
1998 World endurance record for balloons More ...
2001 Super Bowl XXXV: The Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Giants 34-7
2013 Broncos Prater breaks FG record More ...
2013 Iran's Pishgam rocket successfully completes a return trip of sending a monkey into space
2013 John Kerry is voted to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as the United States Secretary of State