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January 15 Historical Events

The following events took place on January 15. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 47 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 69
    Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but rules for only three months before committing suicide.
  • 1541
    King Francis I of France gives Jean-François Roberval a commission to settle the province of New France (Canada) and provide for the spread of the “Holy Catholic faith”.
  • 1559
    Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
  • 1582
    Russia cedes Livonia and Estonia to the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • 1759
    The British Museum opens.
  • 1777
    American Revolutionary War: New Connecticut (present day Vermont) declares its independence.
  • 1782
    Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris goes before the U.S. Congress to recommend establishment of a national mint and decimal coinage.
  • 1815
    War of 1812: American frigate USS President, commanded by Commodore Stephen Decatur, is captured by a squadron of four British frigates.
  • 1822
    Greek War of Independence: Demetrios Ypsilantis 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 in North Carolina falls to the Union, thus cutting off the last major seaport of the Confederacy.
  • 1870
    A political cartoon for the first time symbolizes the Democratic Party with a donkey (“A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion” by Thomas Nast for Harper’s Weekly).
  • 1876
    The first newspaper in Afrikaans, Die Afrikaanse Patriot, is published in Paarl.
  • 1889
    The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is incorporated in Atlanta.
  • 1892
    James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball.
  • 1908
    The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority becomes the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African American college women.
  • 1910
    Construction ends on the Buffalo Bill Dam in Wyoming, United States, which was the highest dam in the world at the time, at 325 ft.
  • 1919
    Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps at the end of the Spartacist uprising.
  • 1919
    Great Molasses Flood: A large molasses tank in Boston, Massachusetts, bursts and a wave of molasses rushes through the streets, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.
  • 1933
    A twelve-year-old girl experiences the first Marian apparition of Our Lady of Banneux in Banneux, Belgium.
  • 1936
    The first building to be completely covered in glass, built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, is completed in Toledo, Ohio.
  • 1937
    Spanish Civil War: Nationalists and Republican both withdraw after suffering heavy losses, ending the Second Battle of the Corunna Road.
  • 1943
    World War II: The Soviet counter-offensive at Voronezh begins.
  • 1943
    The world’s largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
  • 1947
    The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short (The “Black Dahlia”) is found in Los Angeles’ Leimert Park.
  • 1949
    Chinese Civil War: The Communist forces take over Tianjin from the Nationalist Government.
  • 1951
    Ilse Koch, “The Witch of Buchenwald”, wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald concentration camp, is sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in West Germany.
  • 1962
    The Derveni papyrus, Europe’s oldest surviving manuscript dating to 340 BC, is found in northern Greece.
  • 1966
    The First Nigerian Republic, led by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is overthrown in a military coup d'état.
  • 1967
    The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35–10.

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