GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, January 28, the 28th day of 2015 with 337 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:02 and sunset is @ 4:51. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter & Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 28 – Roman Emperor Nerva named Trajan, an army general, as his successor.

1521 – The Diet of Worms began, at which Protestant reformer Martin Luther was declared an outlaw by the Roman Catholic church.

1547 – Edward VI, age nine, succeeded as King of England (until 1553) upon the death of Henry VIII.

1782 – Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States.

1902 – The Carnegie Institute was established in Washington D.C.

1908 – Author and activist Julia Ward Howe, composer of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

1915 – The Coast Guard was created by an act of Congress, to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea.

1916 – Louis D. Brandeis was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to the Supreme Court, becoming its first Jewish member.

1918 – The Bolsheviks occupied Helsinki, Finland.

1935 – Iceland became the first country to introduce legalized abortion.

1986 – The space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members.

2002 – TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes Mountains in southern Colombia killing 92.

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