Everyday we learn about something new that has happened previously in the history. People have achieved some milestones that once we count not even fathom to think about. But we did. Just like this, we at Bragsocial, brings you a series of events that happened on January 28 and marked the pages of history, over the time. Let us read further and enjoy the historic events achieved by us.
1807: London’s Pall Mall becomes first street lit by gaslight
The artificial light produced by the combustion of gaseous fuel, like of, hydrogen, methane, carbon monoxide, coal gas (town gas) or natural gas. Moreover, the use of the illuminating gases, increases brightness. Therefore, the Pall Mall street of London became the first street to be illuminated by these gaslights. It took place on January 28, 1807. After this the first public gas company, The Gas Light and Coke Co. established.
1813: Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” first copy publishes
This romantic novel by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, got published the first copy on January 28, 1813. However, she sold the copywrites of the book to Thomas Egerton in exchange of one hundred and ten pounds. He published the first edition in three hardcover volumes, whose advertisement appeared in the newspaper The Morning Chronicles. Her book took off and Edgerton made almost four hundred and fifty pounds in just selling two editions.
1878: First commercial telephone exchange began
The storefront of the Boardman Building in New Haven became the site for the first commercial telephone exchange. However, it began operation on January 28, 1878. Moreover, the Civil War veteran and telegraph office manager George Coy built this exchange in partnership with Herrick Frost and Walter Lewis. Therefore, the operations begun with just twenty one subscribers who paid one dollar and fifty cents as monthly payment.
1935: Iceland becomes first western country to legalize abortion
Under the Iceland’s law number 38, the law allowed the doctors to perform abortion considering the mother’s health and domestic conditions. However, many people say that Mexico became the first country to legalize abortion. But it had many conditions that came with it. In Mexico, abortion became legal only if the woman is raped. But on January 28, 1935, Iceland became the first western country to legalize it without any conditions.
1998: Michelangelo’s “Christ & the Woman of Samaria” sold for $7.4 million
Michelangelo’s drawing of the Christ and the Woman of Samaria, sold at a whopping amount of $7.4 million at Sotheby. It is believed that Michelangelo must be sixty-five years old when he drew the painting. The painting, 17 by 13 inches, is not made on paper, but on a poplar panel. Moreover, in order to successfully paint over the wood, he coated it with gesso, a plaster mixture, and then drew with ink on it.
2013: Iran’s Pishgam rocket successfully sends a monkey into space
On January 28, 2013, Iran successfully sent a rocket capsule with a monkey in it. However in 2011, the mission of sending a monkey in the space by Iran became unsuccessful. But, in 2013, the Pishgam rocket, meaning Pioneer in Arabic, successfully landed moon and most importantly, made a return trip back to Iran. Therefore, Iran is ow planning on sending a human astronaut in the space soon, upto 2025.
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