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.

  • 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.

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