Events that occurred on 28 January.
 On Earth
- 1949 - The letter "Cardinal Mindszenty", co-signed by J.R.R. Tolkien, is published in The Times.
- 1956 - J.R.R. Tolkien writes a letter to Doris Elizabeth Sykes.
- 1981 - Actor Elijah Wood is born.
- 1982 - The Old English Exodus is published.
- 1982 - Angmar: Land of the Witch King is published.
- 2003 - Swedish author Astrid Lindgren dies.