On this day

Former United States president Ronald Reagan signed the Firearm Owners Protection Act into law . Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 28 January?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

Former United States president Ronald Reagan signed the Firearm Owners Protection Act into law . Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 28 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 28 JANUARY

2006 | Sixty-five people were killed and more than 170 injured when the roof of one of the buildings at the Katowice International Fair in Poland collapsed due to the weight of snow.

2002 | In Southern Colombia, 92 people were killed when TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashed in the Andes mountains.

1986 | Seven astronauts were killed on board when the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated shortly after taking off,

1985 | On this day, “We Are the World” hit single was recorded by Supergroup USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa) to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.

1981 | Former United States president, Ronald Reagan lifted domestic petroleum price and allocation controls in the United States helping to end the 1979 energy crisis and began the 1980s oil glut.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2016 | American footballer and coach, Franklin Gene Bissell, 90.

2007 | Russian runner, Yelena Romanova, 44.

1947 | Venezuelan-French composer, conductor, and critic, Reynaldo Hahn, 72.

2016 | New Zealand lawyer and politician, 6th Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, Bob Tizard, 92.

BIRTHDAYS

1969 | American lawyer and politician, Linda Sánchez.

1951 | American R&B/funk bass player, Billy Bass Nelson.

1967 | Australian footballer and sportscaster, Billy Brownless.

1975 | American baseball player and coach, Junior Spivey.

1940 | Mexican businessman and philanthropist Grupo Carso, Carlos Slim.

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SPORTS

1961 | An incredible day to remember for Man city fans on this day, Denis Law scored 6 goals for Manchester City in an FA Cup tie against Luton Town, however, the match was forsaken due to a waterlogged pitch.

ENTERTAINMENT

2019 | On this day “Big Time Adolescence” was released, the film was directed by Jason Orley.

AFRICA FACT

The tallest known tree in Africa measures 81.5 meters (267 feet) tall, located on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.