I share a birthday with Colette, Arthur Rubenstein, Jackson Pollock, Susan Sontag, David Lodge, Mikhail Barishnikov, Sarah Mclachlan and Frodo (Elijah Wood), among others.
People who died on January 28 include Charlemagne, Francis Drake, William Butler Yeats and the creator of Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren.
On this day in
1754, Horace Walpole coined the word "serendipity"
1813, Pride and Prejudice was published
1935, Iceland became the first nation to legalize abortion
1946, the Bluenose foundered (it's a Canadian thing...)
1986, the space shuttle Challenger blew up. I remember exactly where I was on that one... in Hong Kong, where happily for me because of the time/date difference I didn't see the news report until Jan 29.