- 1724 – The Russian Academy of Sciences was founded in St. Petersburg by Peter the Great.
- 1754 – Horace Walpole coined the word “serendipity” in a letter to Horace Mann.
- 1813 – Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United Kingdom.
- 1855 – The first locomotive ran from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway.
- 1878 – The Yale Daily News became the first daily college newspaper in the United States.
- 1887 – At Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes were reported, 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.
- 1896 – Walter Arnold of the UK became the 1st person to be convicted of speeding (8mp in a 2mph zone) He was fined one shilling.
- 1902 – The Carnegie Institution was founded in Washington, DC with a $10 million gift from Andrew Carnegie.
- 1915 – An act of the U.S. Congress created the United States Coast Guard.
- 1977 – The first day of the Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977 accumulated close to 10 feet of snow.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
January 28 in History
January 28 is the 28th day of the year. There are 338 days remaining until the end of the year.