Born on this day 28th January
1841 Sir Henry Morton Stanley
1918 Harry Corbett
1921 Alfred Marks
1927 Ronnie Scott
1936 Alan Alda
1944 Bobby Ball
1948 Mikhail Baryshnikov
1957 Frank Skinner
1959 Dave Sharp
Died on this day
1547 King Henry VIII
1596 Sir Francis Drake
1983 Billy Fury
1956 Elvis Presley made his US national television debut, performing his versions of 3 R&B hits on ‘The Dorsey Brothers Show’.
1965 The Who made their first appearance on top pop television show, ‘Ready Steady Go’, alongside Donovan.
1984 The Smiths’ first 3 singles held the top 3 places on the Indie chart.
1985 USA for Africa recorded their Ethiopian Benefit Song. ‘We are The World’, inspired by Band Aid, and written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
1884 The first international football match between Ireland and Scotland took place in Belfast, with Scotland eventually winning 5 goals to 0.
1994 The Football Association officially announced that Terry Venables was the new manager of England’s football team despite allegations of dodgy financial dealings.
1997 An unknown punter from Bournemouth won a record £292,882.98 after his 12-match Scottish Division soccer match accumulator came up.
People & Showbiz
1957 Prince Charles spent his first day at prep school.
1993 The back catalogue of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix was to be auctioned and was expected to fetch £23million
1986 The US space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after take-off from Cape Canaveral, killing the 5 men and 2 women on board, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, the first private citizen ever selected to fly into space.
1990 As part of American defence cuts, the Pentagon was expected to announce the US would pull out of 3 British bases. The 3 bases were expected to be Fairford in Gloucestershire, Wethersfield in Essex and Greenham Common in Berkshire.
1993 British Rail was handed a £5000 bill after a dozy porter put a passenger on the wrong train. She was travelling towards Edinburgh from Newcastle instead of London. The company halted the train wile she got off and delayed another until she arrived, upgraded her to 1st class, gave her a free meal, phoned her mum and paid for the taxi home.