January 28th

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke won Senate confirmation for a second term.
Ben Bernanke
In a swift victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House approved a $819 billion stimulus bill.
President George W. Bush said in his State of the Union address that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had sought uranium from Africa. (The claim was later disputed by former ambassador Joseph Wilson, who had been asked by the CIA to investigate.).
George W. Bush and the Iraq War
Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, honoring a personal request for mercy from Pope John Paul II, spared a triple murderer from execution.
U.S. shuttle Challenger exploded 72 seconds after lift off, killing all seven crew members aboard, including school teacher Christa McAuliffe.
Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
USA for Africa record “We Are the World”. Over 20 million copies of the charity single were sold.
We Are the World
Six U.S. diplomats who had avoided being taken hostage at their embassy in Tehran flew out of Iran under false identities.
CIA activities in Iran
A cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War.
Paris Peace Accords
Vince Lombardi was named head coach of the NFL's Green Bay Packers.
Vince Lombardi
The Lego brick is patented. The Lego company has since produced 500 billion Lego elements, amounting to 10 lego towers from Earth to the Moon.
During World War II, Allied supplies began reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road.
Burma Road
The name "Pakistan" is coined by Choudhry Rahmat Ali and gradually accepted by Muslims in the Indian sub-continent who use it to push for a separate Muslim homeland in South Asia.
Choudhry Rahmat Ali
Louis D. Brandeis was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to the Supreme Court, becoming its first Jewish member.
Louis Brandeis
Congress passed legislation creating the U.S. Coast Guard.
Coast Guard Act
The United States ended direct control over Cuba.
United States Military Government in Cuba
France surrendered in the Franco-Prussian War.
Franco-Prussian War
Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti was born in Havana.
José Martí
Fabian von Bellinghausen discovers the Antarctic. The Baltic German explorer is believed to be the first person to sight the Earth's southernmost continent.
Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen
Sir Stamford Raffles lands in Singapore.
Raffles' Landing Site
Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice, is published. It is one of the best-known works of English literature and it was sold about 20 million times.
Pride and Prejudice
London's Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight.
Gas lighting
King Henry VIII of England died and his nine-year-old son, Edward VI, assumed the throne.
Edward VI of England
Emperor Charles V opens the Diet of Worms in Worms, Germany which lasts until May 25th. Produced the "Edict of Worms" which dennouced Martin Luther.
Diet of Worms