This day in history

Monday, Jan. 28, is the 28th day of 2013. There are 337 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Alan Alda is 77. Actress Marthe Keller is 68. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is 66. Actress-singer Barbi Benton is 63. Movie director Frank Darabont is 54. Rock singer Sam Phillips is 51. Singer Sarah McLach-lan is 45. Rapper Rakim is 45. Singer Joey Fatone Jr. (’N Sync) is 36. Rapper Rick Ross is 36. Singer Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) is 33. Actor Elijah Wood is 32.


In 1547, England’s King Henry VIII died; he was succeeded by his 9-year-old son, Edward VI.

In 1813, the novel ‘‘Pride and Prejudice’’ by Jane Austen was first published anonymously in London.

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In 1915, the United States Coast Guard was created as President Wilson signed a bill merging the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service.

In 1916, Louis D. Brandeis was nominated by President Wilson to the Supreme Court; Brandeis became the court’s first Jewish member.

In 1973, a cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War.


In 1980, six US diplomats who had avoided being taken hostage in Tehran flew out of Iran with the help of Canadian diplomats.

In 1982, Italian anti-terrorism forces rescued US Brigadier General James Dozier, 42 days after he had been kidnapped by the Red Brigades.

In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.

In 2008, Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama for the White House.

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