25 fun facts for January, 28

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
January 28th is an exciting day with various key events, including International Data Privacy Day, National Blueberry Pancake Day, and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Other notable occurrences range from the patenting of the LEGO brick design, to the premiere of Charlie Chaplin's first film, and the formation of the American Baseball League.
25 Fun facts
  1. On January 28, 1958, the LEGO Group patented the design of the iconic LEGO bricks, which are still being used today. The Danish family-owned company has since grown into one of the most popular and successful toy manufacturers globally.
  2. January 28 is International Data Privacy Day, an annual event that aims to raise awareness about protecting personal information online. It encourages people to learn about their digital rights and promotes the responsible use and sharing of data.
  3. On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart shortly after its launch, killing all seven astronauts on board. It was one of the most significant disasters in the history of space exploration and led to significant changes in the US space program.
  4. January 28 is celebrated as National Blueberry Pancake Day in the United States. The day is dedicated to honoring the classic breakfast staple that combines delicious blueberries and fluffy pancakes, a favorite of many Americans.
  5. On January 28, 1935, Iceland became the first country to legalize abortion on medical, humanitarian, and social grounds. This legislation was a significant step in advancing women's reproductive rights and health.
  6. January 28 is National Kazoo Day in the United States. Kazoo, a musical instrument that adds a buzzing sound when the player hums into it, is celebrated on this day, where people gather to play, enjoy, and appreciate the unique sound of the kazoo.
  7. On January 28, 1951, the first ever live sports game was broadcast on television. CBS aired an NCAA basketball game between the University of Pittsburgh and Fordham University, paving the way for the modern sports broadcasting industry.
  8. The 1922 Knickerbocker Storm, a blizzard that dropped 28 inches of snow in Washington D.C., occurred on January 28. The storm was particularly devastating because the snow caused the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre to collapse, resulting in 98 fatalities.
  9. On January 28, 1794, the French National Convention officially abolished slavery in all French territories. The landmark move was a major step towards ending the practice worldwide, although slavery was briefly reintroduced by Napoleon before being permanently abolished in 1848.
  10. January 28 is National Have Fun at Work Day, encouraging employees to bring humor and joy to the workplace. The day focuses on the importance of a positive work environment and how it can improve productivity and overall employee satisfaction.
  11. On January 28, 1813, Jane Austen’s novel "Pride and Prejudice" was first published. The classic tale, which remains one of the most beloved works in English literature, has been adapted into numerous films, television series, and stage productions.
  12. The American Baseball League was formed on January 28, 1901, comprising eight teams. The creation of this league transformed professional baseball in the United States and eventually led to the modern Major League Baseball.
  13. On January 28, 1999, the first successful Ford Focus assembly line run took place at the Ford Motor Company plant in Wayne, Michigan. The Focus has since become one of the best-selling cars globally, with more than 12 million units sold.
  14. January 28, 1945, marks the day that Robert Montgomery presented his report to the US Navy, which led to the creation of the Naval Photographic Science Laboratory. This facility played an essential role in documenting and analyzing World War II events.
  15. Charlie Chaplin's first film appearance, "Making a Living," premiered on January 28, 1914. The British actor, comedian, and filmmaker went on to become one of the most iconic figures in the entertainment industry, with a career spanning over 75 years.
  16. On January 28, 1915, the US Congress created the Coast Guard, a maritime law enforcement and military service branch. The Coast Guard has since been responsible for ensuring maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship in the United States.
  17. January 28, 1994, marks the first time the Airbus A330 aircraft made its maiden flight. This long-range, wide-body jetliner from European manufacturer Airbus continues to be a rival to Boeing in the international aviation market.
  18. On January 28, 1985, a group of top American recording artists, known as "USA for Africa," recorded "We Are the World." The song, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, was produced to raise funds for African famine relief.
  19. January 28 is National Daisy Day, honoring the iconic daisy flower. Daisies are popular around the world for their simple beauty and are often associated with innocence, purity, and the bond between two people who share a deep connection.
  20. The fateful meeting between Prince Charles and Princess Diana occurred on January 28, 1977, during a skiing holiday in Switzerland. Their relationship would go on to captivate the world, culminating in their 1981 royal wedding and subsequent love story.
  21. On January 28, 1855, William S. Burroughs, the inventor of the modern adding machine, was born. His invention revolutionized the way businesses handled financial calculations and paved the way for more complex computing machines.
  22. In 1954, on January 28, Disneyland announced its plan to build a park in Anaheim, California. Since its opening, Disneyland has become a staple of American popular culture and a leading tourist destination around the world.
  23. On January 28, 2010, the United Nations first adopted a resolution recognizing the importance of cultural heritage and urging all countries to create national inventories of their intangible cultural heritage assets.
  24. January 28, 1878, marks the first day that daily weather forecasts appeared in a newspaper. The London newspaper, "The Times," took this historic step, which eventually led to the widespread publication of weather forecasts in newspapers worldwide.
  25. On January 28, 1948, the first commercial polar flight took place; Pan Am's "Clipper Eclipse" flew from New York to London, via Newfoundland and Greenland. The pioneering flight demonstrated the viability of polar routes for global air travel.