January 28 in history

January 28 events chronologically

1077 Walk to Canossa: The excommunication of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor is lifted
1393 King Charles VI of France is nearly killed when several dancers' costumes catch fire during a masquerade ball
1521 The Diet of Worms begins, lasting until May 25
1547 Henry VIII dies. His nine-year-old son, Edward VI becomes King, and the first Protestant ruler of England
1573 Articles of the Warsaw Confederation are signed, sanctioning freedom of religion in Poland
1624 Sir Thomas Warner founds the first British colony in the Caribbean, on the island of Saint Kitts
1701 The Chinese storm Dartsedo

Top 7 most famous people born on January 28

1225 Thomas Aquinas also known as the "Doctor Angelicus" and "Doctor Communis". "Aquinas" is from the county of Aquino, an area in which his family held land until 1137. He was born in Roccasecca, Italy
1457 Henry VII of England King of England and Lord of Ireland from his seizing the crown on 22 August 1485 until his death on 21 April 1509, as the first monarch of the House of Tudor.
1853 José Martí a Cuban national hero and an important figure in Latin American literature. In his short life, he was a poet, an essayist, a journalist, a revolutionary philosopher, a translator, a professor, a publisher, and a political theorist. Through his writings and political activity, he became a symbol for Cuba's bid for independence against Spain in the 19th century, and is referred to as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence." He also wrote about the threat of Spanish and US expansionism into Cuba. From adolescence, he dedicated his life to the promotion of liberty, political independence for Cuba, and intellectual independence for all Spanish Americans; his death was used as a cry for Cuban independence from Spain by both the Cuban revolutionaries and those Cubans previously reluctant to start a revolt
1912 Jackson Pollock an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting
1955 Nicolas Sarkozy a French politician who served as the 23rd President of France from 16 May 2007 until 15 May 2012.
1978 Gianluigi Buffon an Italian goalkeeper who plays for and captains both Serie A club Juventus and the Italy national team. He is the record appearance holder for Italy, and he is widely considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. Buffon is known for his "outstanding shot-stopping" and for being "a vocal organizer of the defense and a key dressing room personality." He is currently the most expensive goalkeeper of all time following his £32.6m transfer from Parma to Juventus in 2001. Buffon also holds the record for the most clean sheets in Serie A, and with the Italian national team
1978 Sheamus an Irish professional wrestler. He is currently signed to the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, where he performs under the ring name Sheamus

Top 7 most famous people died on January 28

814 Charlemagne the King of the Franks from 768, the King of Italy from 774, and from 800 the first emperor in western Europe since the collapse of the Western Roman Empire three centuries earlier. The expanded Frankish state he founded is called the Carolingian Empire
1547 Henry VIII of England King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death. He was Lord, and later assumed the Kingship, of Ireland, and continued the nominal claim by English monarchs to the Kingdom of France. Henry was the second monarch of the Tudor dynasty, succeeding his father, Henry VII
1621 Pope Paul V Pope from 16 May 1605 to his death in 1621.
1939 W. B. Yeats an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as the first Irishman so honoured for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation." Yeats is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize; such works include The Tower and The Winding Stair and Other Poems. Yeats was a very good friend of American expatriate poet and Bollingen Prize laureate Ezra Pound. Yeats wrote the introduction for Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali, which was published by the India Society
1960 Zora Neale Hurston an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author. Of Hurston's four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God
1996 Joseph Brodsky a Russian-American poet and essayist.
2002 Astrid Lindgren a Swedish writer of fiction and screenplays. She is best known for children's book series featuring Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, and the Six Bullerby Children. As of May 2013, she is the world's 18th most translated author and the third most translated children's books author after H.C. Andersen and the Grimm brothers. Lindgren has sold roughly 144 million books worldwide