The Daily News | January 28

William Butler Yeats, Irish poet-dramatist, died, 1939
Santa Barbara oil spill, 1969
Hal Smith, actor (Otis on “The Andy Grriffith Show”), 1994
US Coast Guard established, 1915
First street to be lighted by gas lamps (Pall Mall, London), 1807
Prudence Crandall, teacher, died, 1890
Congress resolved that there should be a Great Seal of the US, 1782
Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, 1986
General James Dozier was rescued after being held for 42 days, 1982
Republican government took over Cuba, 1909
First Jew nominated to the US Supreme Court (Louis D. Brandeis), 1916
First rope ski tow (Woodstock, Vermont), 1914
Jean Felix Piccard, Swiss balloonist and cosmic-ray researcher, died, 1963
King Edward VI became the English Sovereign, 1547
First commercial telephone switchboard opened (New Haven, CT - 21 people), 1878
Red Grange, “The Galloping Ghost,” died, 1991
Dora Amy Elles Dillon Turnbull (a.k.a. Patricia Wentworth), writer (“The Gazebo”), died, 1961
France surrendered in the Franco-Prussian War, 1871