Today is Thursday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2010. There are 337 days left in the year.
On Jan. 28, 1980, in what became known as “the Canadian Caper,” six U.S. diplomats who had avoided being taken hostage at their embassy in Tehran flew out of Iran with the help of Canadian diplomats.
ON THIS DATE
In 1547, England’s King Henry VIII died; he was succeeded by his 9-year-old son, Edward VI.
In 1853, Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti was born in Havana.
In 1909, the United States withdrew its forces from Cuba as Jose Miguel Gomez became president.
In 1915, the United States Coast Guard was created as President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill merging the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service.
In 1916, Louis Brandeis was nominated by President Woodrow Wilson to the Supreme Court; Brandeis became the court’s first Jewish member.
In 1945, during World War II, Allied supplies began reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road.
In 1960, the National Football League awarded franchises to Dallas and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
In 1973, a cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War.
In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven of its crew members, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.