This day in #history 28/01


1624 – Sir Thomas Warner founds the first British
colony in the Caribbean, on Saint Kitts .

1724 – The Russian Academy of Sciences was
founded in St. Petersburg by Peter the Great , and implemented in the Senate decree . It was called St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences until 1917.

1754 – Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace
Mann , coins the word serendipity

1813 – Pride and Prejudice is first published in the
United Kingdom .

1860 – Britain formally returns Mosquito Coast to Nicaragua

1916 – German colony of Cameroon surrenders to
Britain & France

1932 – Japan occupies Shanghai

1932 – Japanese forces attack Shanghai .

1933 – The name Pakistan is coined by
Choudhary Rehmat Ali Khan and is accepted by
the Indian Muslims who then thereby adopted it
further for the Pakistan Movement seeking

1961 – Republic of Rwanda proclaimed

1991 – Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia ending
22 year rule

2013 – John Kerry is voted to succeed Hillary
Rodham Clinton as the United States Secretary of


1955 – Nicolas Sarkozy, Paris, President of France (2007 -)


1980 – Nick Carter, singer (Backstreet Boys )


1986 – Christa McAuliffe , astronaut, dies in
Challenger disaster

1986 – Ellison S Onizuka, Hawaii , Mjr USAF / ast dies in Challenger disaster

1986 – Francis R Scobee , Wash , USAF /astronaut, dies in Challenger disaster

1986 – Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Oh , astr, dies
in Challenger disaster

1986 – Michael J Smith, Beaufort NC , Cmdr USN, astr, dies in Challenger

1986 – Ronald E McNair , Lake City SC, astr, dies
in Challenger disaster

1986 – Greg Jarvis – Crew of Space Shuttle
Challenger ( b . 1944 )


1956 – Science student later astronaut Neil
Armstrong marries fellow student Janet Elizabeth
Shearon in Wilmette, Illinois

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