1457 - Henry VII, the Father of the Tudor house produces Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, is born in Pembroke, Wales. His eldest son, Arthur dies in 1502, allowing Henry VIII to become king.
1853 - Jose Marti de Perez, Cuban Poet and Patriot
1884 - August Piccard, Physicist, Inventor, Explorer, Aeronaut, Hydronaut and Balloonist, Twin brother of Jean Felix Piccard
1884 - Jean Felix Piccard, Chemist and Explorer, Aeronaut and Balloonist, Twin brother of August Piccard
1887 - Artur Rubinstein, Polish-born American Pianist
1912 - Jackson Pollock, American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement
1933 - Susan Sontag, Writer and Activist
1936 - Alan Alda, Actor
1944 - John Tavener, English Composer
Physicist August Piccard
Featuring A. Copland's "A Quiet City" incidental music for the IRwin Shaw play Quiet City.
(YouTube, uploaded by Richard Lewis. Accessed January 28, 2018)
1547 - King Henry VIII of England dies and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son, Edward.
1916 - Louis D. Brandeis becomes the first Jewish judge appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
1935 - Iceland becomes the first country to legalize abortion.
1941 - Aaron Copland's "A Quiet City," a suite from the film, is first performed, in New York City.
1944 - Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 1, "Jeremiah," premieres with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, with the composer himself conducting.
1961 - The Republic of Rwanda is proclaimed.
1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger disaster as it explodes 73 seconds after lift-off, killing all seven astronauts onboard. The photo shows the Challenger's snake plume after its in-flight break-up.
Space shuttle Challenger flew 9 successful missions before this final lift-off, the first flight of the Teacher in Space Program, carrying Christa McAuliffe as one of the astronauts. Lift-off was delayed 6 times before it finally took off at 11.38 A.M. unfortunately, just 73 seconds into the mission, the shuttle exploded, killing the entire crew.
1998 - Gunmen hold at least 400 children and teachers hostage for several hours at an elementary school in Manila, Philippines.
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