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On January the 28th
2007 
In one of the fiercest post-war battles of the Iraq war US and Iraqi forces killed more than 300 suspected militants in Najaf, Iraq.
2002 
An Ecuadorian passenger jet crashed in the Andes mountains resulting in the death of 92 people.
1996 
American cartoon artist, Jerry Siegel, died at the age of 81. He was the co-creator of Superman.
1986 
The Challenger space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after lift-off, killing all 7 crew members.
1982 
U.S. Brigadier General James L. Dozier was rescued by Italian anti-terrorism personnel 42 days after he had been kidnapped by the Red Brigades.
1981 
American actor, Elijah Wood, was born in Iowa. He began acting at the age of nine and is best known for portraying the character of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
1948 
Russian dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov, was born in Riga, Latvia. He was one of the leading Russian ballet dancers of the 1960's and 1970's who made headlines when he defected to the United States in 1974 where he continued to dance for the American Ballet Theatre.
1935 
Iceland was the first western country to legalize abortion. Abortions were legal in the Soviet Union since 1920.
1912 
American painter, Jackson Pollock, was born in Wyoming. He was one of the most influential abstract expressionist painters of the 20th century.
1887 
Polish pianist and conductor, Arthur Rubinstein, was born in Lodz, Poland. He is widely acknowledged as one of the most talented pianists of the 20th Century.
1813 
Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice, was first published in the United Kingdom.
814 
Charlemagne died at the age of 72. Also known as Charles the Great he was the King of the Franks, who also conquered Italy. He is considered as having been the most influential and charismatic leader of the middle ages.
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