January 28, 2014 / 27 Shevat 5774
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- 757 – An Lushan, leader of a revolt against the Tang Dynasty and emperor of Yan, is murdered by his own son, An Qingxu.
- 904 – Sergius III comes out of retirement to take over the papacy from the deposed antipope Christopher.
- 1819 – Stamford Raffles lands on the island of Singapore.
- 1834 – US President Andrew Jackson orders first use of federal soldiers to suppress a labor dispute.
- 1845 – "The Raven" is published in the New York Evening Mirror, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe
- 1850 – Henry Clay introduces the Compromise of 1850 to the U.S. Congress.
- 1856 – Queen Victoria institutes the Victoria Cross.
- 1886 – Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.
- 1916 – World War I: Paris is first bombed by German zeppelins.
- 1944 – World War II: Approximately 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland.
- 1967 – The "ultimate high" of the hippie era, the Mantra-Rock Dance, takes place in San Francisco and features Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg.
- 1998 – In Birmingham, Alabama, a bomb explodes at an abortion clinic, killing one and severely wounding another. Serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph is suspected as the culprit.
- 2002 – In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
- 2009 – Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is removed from office following his conviction of several corruption charges, including the alleged solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the United States Senate as a replacement for then-U.S. president-elect Barack Obama.
- 1584 – Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (d. 1647)
- 1737 – Thomas Paine, English-American author, activist, and theorist (d. 1809)
- 1801 – Horatia Nelson, English daughter of Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (d. 1881)
- 1810 – Ernst Kummer, German mathematician (d. 1893)
- 1846 – Karol Olszewski, Polish chemist, mathematician, and physicist (d. 1915)
- 1874 – John D. Rockefeller, Jr., American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1960)
- 1880 – W. C. Fields, American actor (d. 1946)
- 1901 – Allen B. DuMont, American engineer and broadcaster, founded the DuMont Television Network (d. 1965)
- 1945 – Tom Selleck, American actor, screenwriter and producer
- 1970 – Heather Graham, American actress
- 1975 – Sara Gilbert, American actress
- 1997 – Ali Jawad al-Sheikh, Bahraini protester (d. 2011)