January 15th - Basic Facts:
- January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
- There are 350 days remaining until the end of the year (351 in leap years).
- The preceding day is January 14.
- Next day is January 16.
January 15th Deaths (Here)
January 15th Events:
588 BC – Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem (under Zedekiah's reign).
69 – Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome.
1559 – Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey, London.
1582 – Russia cedes Livonia & Estonia to the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
1759 – The British Museum opens.
1782 – Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris recommends establishment of a national mint & decimal coinage.
1822 – Greek War of Independence - Demetrius Ypsilanti is elected president of the legislative assembly.
1844 – University of Notre Dame receives its charter from the state of Indiana.
1865 – American Civil War – Fort Fisher North Carolina falls to the Union.
1870 – First political cartoon shows the United States Democratic Party with a donkey.
1889 – The Coca-Cola Company, (then Pemberton Medicine Company), is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
1892 – James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball.
1919 – Freikorps torture & murder Rosa Luxemburg & Karl Liebknecht (2 prominent socialists in Germany).
1943 – The Soviet counter-offensive at Voronezh begins (World War II).
1943 – The Pentagon, the world's largest office building, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
1947 – Elizabeth Short ("The Black Dahlia") is found dead in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California.
1949 – Chinese Civil War - The Chinese Communist Party forces take over Tianjin from the Nationalist Government.
1966 – The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa government in Nigeria is overthrown in a military coup d’état.
1967 – The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles, California (Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs).
1969 – The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5.
1970 – Biafra surrenders after a 32-month fight for independence from Nigeria.
1970 – Muammar al-Qaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya.
1973 – Vietnam War - President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.
1977 – The Kälvesta air disaster kills 22 people - worst air crash in Sweden's history.
1986 – The Living Seas opens at EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World, Florida.
1991 – The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires.
1992 – Independence of Slovenia & Croatia from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
1993 – Mafia boss Salvatore Riina, known as "The Beast", is arrested in Sicily.
1999 – The Racak incident - 45 Albanians in village of Racak (Kosovo) are killed by Yugoslav security forces.
2001 – Wikipedia goes online.
2005 – Intense solar flare - sends X-rays across the solar system.
2005 – ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, & other surface elements on the moon.
2007 – Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti & Awad Hamed al-Bandar are executed by hanging in Iraq.
2009 – US Airways Flight 1549 makes emergency landing in the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City.