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Monday, January 28

Monday, January 28

Today is Monday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2013. There are 337 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1547 - England's King Henry VIII dies and is succeeded by his 9-year-old son, Edward VI.
1596 - English navigator Sir Francis Drake dies off Panama's coast and is buried at sea.
1689 - Britain's Parliament declares that James II has abdicated; Germany's Baron Melas devastates the Palatinate.
1846 - East India Company troops defeat Sikhs at Aliwal in India.
1871 - France surrenders in the Franco-Prussian War.
1885 - British relief force reaches Khartoum, and the Sudan is evacuated.
1902 - The Carnegie Institute, a nonprofit organization to conduct basic research and advanced education in biology, astronomy and earth sciences is established in Washington, D.C.
1909 - U.S. control in Cuba is ended.
1912 - A lynch mob drags former President Gen. Eloy Alfaro and his lieutenants through the streets of Quito, Ecuador, and burn them to death.
1915 - The U.S Coast Guard is created by an Act of Congress.
1916 - Louis D. Brandeis is appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to the Supreme Court, becoming its first Jewish member.
1932 - Japanese troops occupy Shanghai in China.
1945 - First U.S. truck convoy reopens Burma Road in World War II.
1949 - U.N. Security Council adopts resolution to establish a cease-fire in Indonesia, then known as the Dutch East Indies.
1961 - Rwanda's provisional government proclaims republic.
1962 - U.S. unmanned spacecraft, Ranger III, fails to hit moon and passes it at distance of 35,200 kilometers (22,000 miles).
1964 - Riots break out in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia _ known today as Harare, Zimbabwe.
1980 - Six U.S. diplomats who avoided being taken hostage at their embassy in Tehran fly out of Iran with the help of Canadian diplomats.
1983 - Labor group Solidarity's underground leaders call on Poland's factory workers to prepare for nationwide general strike as "the only way to break down the existing dictatorship."
1986 - Space shuttle Challenger explodes moments after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing all seven crew members.
1990 - Life in Azerbaijani capital of Baku returns to normal as Armenian and Azerbaijani separatists withdraw from border regions.
1991 - Soviet troops seize and shut down two Lithuanian customs posts.
1992 - Leadership of National Liberation Front, which won Algeria's independence and ruled for three decades, resigns.
1993 - France's ambassador to Zaire is killed by a stray bullet as soldiers riot and loot shops and foreigners' homes in Kinshasa.
1994 - Three Italian journalists are killed by a mortar shell in Mostar, Bosnia.
1995 - In the bloodiest day so far in Egypt's Islamic insurgency, police shoot to death 14 suspected militants, and extremists kill two policemen and two civilians.
1996 - In Sarajevo, three British soldiers are killed when their armored personnel carrier hits a land mine and a Swedish soldier dies when his vehicle slides off the road.
1997 - In Algiers, an assassin shoots and kills the leader of Algeria's largest labor union _ a key presidential ally and an opponent of the Islamic insurgency.
1998 - A judge in Poonamallee, India, convicts 26 conspirators linked to Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in the 1991 suicide bombing assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and orders all to be hanged.
1999 - India and Pakistan meet in their first cricket match in the subcontinent in 12 years. Pakistan walks away with a 12-run victory after a nail-biting finish.
2000 - A plane brings 19 sick and weak-looking adolescents home to Uganda after months _ or possibly years _of captivity under Ugandan rebels based in southern Sudan. Some 5,000 children are believed to have been kidnapped by the rebels over the past decade according to UNICEF.
2001 - A Ukrainian vessel sinks in the Black Sea, killing at least 14 people. Five were reported missing and 32 were rescued.
2003 - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's right-wing Likud party wins the parliamentary elections, soundly defeating the center-left Labor Party and extending Sharon's leadership for another four-year term. The Labor Party suffered its worst-ever defeat at the polls.
2007 - The Israeli government overwhelmingly approves the appointment of Raleb Majadele, the country's first Muslim Cabinet minister, billing it as an important step for a long-suffering minority.
2008 - Thousands of machete-wielding youths riot in Kenya, setting buses and homes ablaze and hunting down members of President Mwai Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe. A month of violence triggered by rigged presidential elections gathers frightening momentum with a death toll topping 800.
2009 - A caterpillar plague in Liberia is spreading, and has now affected 400,000 people in more than 100 villages in the West African nation, the U.N. says.
2010 - A court rules that former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin did not take part in a smear campaign against President Nicolas Sarkozy, a verdict that means the two rivals may soon be sparring in the political arena again.
2011 _ Embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appears on television for the first time since protests erupted demanding his ouster, and he says he will press ahead with social, economic and political reforms.
2012 _ The Arab League halts its observer mission in Syria because of escalating violence that killed nearly 100 people the past three days, as pro-Assad forces battled dissident soldiers in a belt of suburbs on the eastern edge of Damascus in the most intense fighting yet so close to the capital.
Today's Birthdays:
John Barclay, Scottish satirist (1582-1621); John Baskerville, English typographer (1716-1775); Alan Alda, U.S. actor (1936--); Joey Fatone Jr., U.S. singer/game show host (1977--); Nick Carter, U.S. singer (1980--); Elijah Wood, U.S. actor (1981--); Sarah McLachlan, Canadian singer (1968--).
Thought For Today:
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops _ Henry Brooks Adams, American historian-author (1838-1918).


Updated : 2021-03-05 00:51 GMT+08:00