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This Day in History – January 28

1851 – Northwestern University (Chicago) chartered.

1855 – The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway.

1864 – Battle of New Bern, North Carolina.

1878 – George W. Coy hired as first full-time telephone operator.

1887 – In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world’s largest snowflakes are reported, being15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.

1902 – Carnegie Institute founded in Washington, D.C.

1915 – Beverly Hills, California, is incorporated.

1915 – US President Woodrow Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates.

1925 – -46 degrees, Pittsburgh, New Hampshire (state record)

1932 – 1st US state unemployment insurance act enacted (Wisconsin)

1958 – The Lego company patents their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.

1950 – 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington, D.C.

1979 – Arthur Kopit’s “Wings” premieres in NYC.

1981 – Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision.

1982 – Italian police rescue, James Dozier, a US Brigadier General, held hostage by the Red Brigade for 6 weeks.

1986 – Space Shuttle challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, with all 7 crew members killed, including Christa McAuliffe who was to be the first teacher in space.

1994 – Helicopter crashes into office building in San Jose, California, 1 dead.

1998 – Michelangelo’s “Christ & the Woman of Samaria” sold for $7.4 million.

2016 – Seventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Des Moines, Iowa.

1017 – US President Donald Trump and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull have a contentious phone call over deal for US to take 1,250 refugees.

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