Woman executed for murder of her brother on his wedding day

January 27, 1938 Chester, Illinois Marie Porter and Angelo Giancola are executed for the murder of Porter's brother Porter, 37 at the time of her execution, had contracted a hit on her brother to collect the $3,300 (approx. $57,400 in 2017's economy) life insurance. Porter's brother, William Kappen, was shot on his wedding day just…

The Challenger disaster

January 28, 1986 Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida The Challenger space shuttle suffers critical failure, rupturing a fuel tank and exploding in the atmosphere 1 minute and 13 seconds after launch Pictured are the parents and sister of teacher Christa McAuliffe, who was aboard the Challenger as part of the NASA Teacher in…

The death of Henry VIII

January 28, 1547 London, England King Henry VIII dies During life, Henry overindulge in as many vices as humanly possible. Shortly after his marriage to Catherine of Aragon was annulled so Henry could legally satiate his lust for Anne Boleyn, a preacher named William Peto held an Easter mass, deciding to focus his sermon on…

Body thief hanged

January 28, 1829 Edinburgh, Scotland William Burke is hanged for the murders of lodgers whom he and his partner Hare killed in order to sell the bodies to doctors At the time, Scottish law prohibited the use of medical cadavers unless the person had died in prison or as a result of suicide, or if…