This Day in History on 28 January

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 28 January. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

  • Army Day (Armenia)
  • Data Privacy Day

Important Events

1819: Singapore was discovered by Sir Stamford Raffles.

1846: British forcibly separated Kashmir from the Sikhs and sell it to the Maharaja of Jammu for 1,000,000 pounds after the Battle of Allwal.

1878: First ‘Telephone exchange’ was established in New Haven, USA.

1887: Eiffel Tower works began in Paris, the capital of France.

1898: Nivedita, an Irish lady of Scottish descent, came to India.

1902: Gandhiji left for Rangoon visit. Stays for a month with Gokhale at Calcutta. Returns to Rajkot and settles down to practise.

1911: The famous Hope diamond, once worn by Marie Antoinette, was bought tonight for over $300,000 by Ned McLean, son of John McLean. Mrs. McLean wore it as a head ornament, guarded by a former Secret Service man who in turn was guarded by two private detectives. Walnut-sized and exquisitely blue in color, the 44.5-carat stone stems from India. Its owners included Louis XIV, Louis XVI, and a London banker named Hope. A sinister history of ill luck, madness, and violent death clings to the unique gem.

1933: The name Pakistan is coined by Choudhry Rahmat Ali Khan and is accepted by Indian Muslims who then thereby adopted it further for the Pakistan Movement seeking independence.

1933: India in Waldorf Hotel in London read out a four and a half page note in Cambridge.

1935: Iceland became the first Western country to legalize therapeutic abortion.

1942: World War II- Japanese troops occupied Shanghai.

1961: HMT Watch Factory, India’s first watch factory opened in Bangalore.

1977: Mirza Hamidullah Beg became the 15th Chief Justice of India.

1986: The spacecraft ’51 L – Challenger 10’ exploded 74 seconds after takeoff.

2010: Five convicts were hanged for the assassination of Bangladesh President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author and politician
Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author and politician

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1457: Henry VII, the King of England and Lord of Ireland.

1853: Jose Marti, great author and politician, was born at Cuba.

1865: Lala Lajpat Rai, an Indian freedom fighter.

1894: Anandibai Prabhakar Jayawant, famous Hindi writer, was born at Baroda.

1895: Shankarrao Dattatray Dev, veteran Congress leader, Gandhian and Sarvoday leader, was born.

1899: K. M. Cariappa, the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army.

1913: Rajendra Shah, a lyrical poet who wrote in Gujarati.

1925: Raja Ramanna, an Indian physicist who is best known for his role in India’s nuclear program during its early stages.

1930: Pandit Jasraj, an Indian classical vocalist, belongs to the Mewati Gharana.

1931: S Venkitaramanan, the eighteenth Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

1932: Prithipal Singh, an Indian field hockey player nicknamed the “King of the short corner” by hockey commentators.

Vinod Khosla, Indian-American businessman
Vinod Khosla, Indian-American businessman

1937: Suman Kalyanpur, an Indian playback singer.

1950: Supreme Court of India was inaugurated.

1951: Kashmir issue taken up in UN security council.

1955: Vinod Khosla, an Indian American billionaire businessman, and venture capitalist.

1961: Foundation-stone of the first factory of H.M.T. wrist watches laid in Bangalore.

1986: Shruti Haasan, an Indian film actress, and singer.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1547: Henry VIII, the King of England.

1877: Pulin Bihari Das, revolutionary journalist, passed away.

1984: Sohrab Meherwanji Modi, famous drama and film producer, director and actor, passed away.

1988: Klaus Fuchs, a German theoretical physicist, and atomic spy.

1992: Umanath Vachaspati, Magsesey Award winner, passed away.

1996: Joseph Brodsky, a Russian-American poet, and essayist.

1996: Burne Hogarth, an American artist, and educator.

1996: Dev Kanta Baruah, first President of the former Congress, passed away at New Delhi at the age of 82.

2002: Astrid Lindgren, a Swedish writer of fiction and screenplays.

2007: O. P.Nayyar, an Indian film music composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, and musician.

2017: Bharati Mukherjee, an Indian American writer.

2016: Buddy Cianci, American lawyer and politician, 32nd Mayor of Providence (b. 1941)

2016: Bob Tizard, New Zealand lawyer and politician, 6th Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1924)

2017: Alexander Chancellor, British journalist (b. 1940)

2017: Geoff Nicholls, British musician (b. 1948)

2019: Pepe Smith, Filipino rock musician (b. 1947)

Further Reading

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