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28th January

1547 King Henry VIII of England died and his nine-year-old son, Edward VI, assumed the throne.

1807 London's Pall Mall area was the first street to be illuminated by gas light.

1841 * Sir Henry Morton Stanley, explorer and journalist who was born in Wales.

1896 Mrs Rose Lee of Chicago was the first person to be given radiation treatment.

1912 * Jason Pollack, US abstract expressionist painter.

1935 Iceland became the first country to legalise abortion.

1936 * Alan Alda, US actor, best known for his role in the long-running TV series M* A* S* H.

1948 * Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian ballet dancer who defected to the US.

1953 Teenager Derek Bentley was executed at Wandsworth Prison in London for his part in the murder of Pc Sidney Miles.

1968 A recovery team searched for wreckage from an American Air Force B-52 bomber armed with four hydrogen bombs which crashed into the sea near the Arctic air base of Thule in Greenland.

1982 Italian police rescued US Brigadier General James Dozier who has been held hostage by the Red Brigade for 42 days.

1984 Canadian snooker player Kirk Stevens scored a maximum 147 break.

1986 U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded 72 seconds after lift off, killing all seven crew members aboard.

1990 Thousands of Romanian demonstrators protested against the interim government of Ion Iliescu.

1999 The creation of "Ununquadium" Element 114 was announced by scientists.

2003 In his second State of the Union Address, President Bush presented case for war with Iraq.

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