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January 15th - Martin Luther King Jr. is born in 1929


Today is Sunday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2012. There are 351 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 15, 1862, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Abraham Lincoln's choice of Edwin M. Stanton to be secretary of war, replacing Simon Cameron.

On this date:
588 BC, Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah's reign. The siege lasts until July 23, 586 BC.
69, Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but rules for only three months before committing suicide.
1493, Christopher Columbus sets sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World.
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.
In 1822, Greek War of Independence: Demetrios Ypsilantis is elected president of the legislative assembly.
In 1844, University of Notre Dame receives its charter from the state of Indiana.
In 1865, American Civil War: Fort Fisher in North Carolina falls to the Union, thus cutting off the last major seaport of the Confederacy.
In 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).
In 1889, The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1892, James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball.
In 1908, The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority becomes the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African American college women.
In 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 (99 m).
In 1919, Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps.
In 1919, Boston Molasses Disaster: A large molasses tank in Boston, Massachusetts, bursts and a wave of molasses rushes through the streets, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.
In 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta.
In 1933, A twelve-year-old girl experiences the first Marian apparition of Our Lady of Banneux in Banneux, Belgium.
In 1936, The first building to be completely covered in glass, built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, is completed in Toledo, Ohio.
In 1937, Spanish Civil War: Nationalists and Republican both withdraw after suffering heavy losses, ending the Second Battle of the Corunna Road.
In 1943, World War II: The Soviet counter-offensive at Voronezh begins.
In 1943, The world's largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
In 1947, The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short ("The Black Dahlia") is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles.
In 1949, Chinese Civil War: The Communist Party of China forces take over Tianjin from the Nationalist Government.
In 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.
In 1954, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio got married at San Francisco City Hall. (The marriage, however, lasted only about nine months.)
In 1961, a U.S. Air Force radar tower off the New Jersey coast collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean during a severe storm, killing all 28 men aboard.
In 1962, The Derveni papyrus, Europe's oldest surviving manuscript dating to 340 BC, is found in northern Greece.
In 1966, The Nigerian First Republic, led by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is overthrown in a military coup d'état.
In 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, retroactively known as Super Bowl I.
In 1969, The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5.
In 1970, Nigerian Civil War: After a 32-month fight for independence from Nigeria, Biafra surrenders.
In 1970, Moammar Gadhafi is proclaimed premier of Libya.
In 1971, the recently completed Aswan High Dam in Egypt was dedicated during a ceremony attended by President Anwar Sadat and Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny.
In 1973, Vietnam War: Citing progress in peace negotiations, President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.
In 1974, Dennis Rader aka the BTK Killer kills his first victims by binding, torturing and murdering Joseph, Joseph II, Josephine and Julie Otero in their house.
In 1975, The Alvor Agreement is signed, ending the Angolan War of Independence and giving Angola independence from Portugal.
In 1976, Gerald Ford's would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison.
In 1977, The Kälvesta air disaster kills 22 people, the worst air crash in Sweden's history.
In 1986, The Living Seas opens at EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World Resort, Florida.
In 1987, entertainer Ray Bolger, perhaps best known for playing the Scarecrow in the 1939 MGM musical "The Wizard of Oz," died in Los Angeles at age 83.
In 1990, AT&T's long distance telephone network suffers a cascade switching failure.
In 1991, The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm.
In 1991, Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Queen of Australia, signs letters patent allowing Australia to become the first Commonwealth Realm to institute its own separate Victoria Cross award in its own honours system.
In 1992, the Yugoslav federation, founded in 1918, effectively collapsed as the European Community recognized the republics of Croatia and Slovenia.
In 1993, Salvatore Riina, the Mafia boss known as "The Beast", is arrested in Sicily, Italy after three decades as a fugitive.
In 2001, Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
In 2005, An intense solar flare blasts x-rays across the Solar System.
In 2005, ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
In 2007, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former Iraqi intelligence chief and half-brother of Saddam Hussein, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court, are executed by hanging in Iraq.
In 2009, US Airways Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 (Flight 1549) in the Hudson River after a flock of birds disabled both the plane's engines; all 155 people aboard survived.

Ten years ago: Attorney General John Ashcroft said that John Walker Lindh, the 20-year-old Californian who had fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, would be charged with conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and could face life in prison if convicted. (Lindh received a 20-year sentence after pleading guilty to supplying services to the Taliban and carrying explosives in commission of a felony.) Arthur Andersen LLP said it was firing senior auditor David B. Duncan, who had organized a "rushed disposal" of Enron documents after federal regulators requested information about the failing energy company. Former Chicago mayor and Illinois Supreme Court chief justice Michael Bilandic died at age 78.
Five years ago: The Iraqi government hanged two of Saddam Hussein's henchmen, including a half-brother, Barzan Ibrahim, who was accidentally decapitated by the noose. "Babel" won best movie drama and "Dreamgirls" was named best musical or comedy at the Golden Globes; "Grey's Anatomy" was named best TV drama series and "Ugly Betty" best TV comedy.
One year ago: Several international envoys — but crucially none from the world powers — got a look inside an Iranian nuclear site at the invitation of the Tehran government before a new round of talks on Iran's disputed atomic activities. Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan won the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. Actress Susannah York, 72, died in London.

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Today's Birthdays: Actress Margaret O'Brien is 75. Actress Andrea Martin is 65. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 55. Actor James Nesbitt is 47. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 45. Actor Chad Lowe is 44. Alt-country singer Will Oldham (aka "Bonnie Prince Billy") is 42. Actress Regina King is 41. Actor Eddie Cahill is 34. Rapper/reggaeton artist Pitbull is 31. Electronic dance musician Skrillex is 24.

Other notable birthdays, Jan. 15:
1943, Stuart E. Eizenstat, adviser to American Presidents Carter and Clinton
1943, Mike Marshall, American baseball player
1953, Randy White, American football player
1956, Marc Trestman, CFL head coach
1957, Marty Lyons, American football player
1965, Bernard Hopkins, American boxer
1965, Adam Jones, American musician (Tool)
1969, Delino DeShields, American baseball player
1972, Ernie Reyes Jr. American actor and martial artist
1974, Ray King, American baseball player
1975, Mary Pierce, French tennis player
1976, Corey Chavous, American football player
1976, Doug Gottlieb, American basketball analyst
1978, Eddie Cahill, American actor
1979, Drew Brees, American football player
1980, Matt Holliday, American baseball player
1981, Howie Day, American singer
1982, Armando Galarraga, Venezuelan baseball player
1986, Jessy Schram, American actress

Born on this day, Jan. 15, passed away:
1622, Molière, French playwright (d. 1673)
1850, Leonard Darwin, son of Charles Darwin (d. 1943)
1870, Pierre S. du Pont, American businessman (d. 1954)
1891, Ray Chapman, American baseball player (d. 1920)
1893, Ivor Novello, Welsh composer and actor (d. 1951)
1902, King Saud of Saudi Arabia (d. 1969)
1906, Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate (d. 1975)
1908, Edward Teller, Hungarian-born physicist (d. 2003)
1909, Gene Krupa, American drummer (d. 1973)
1913, Lloyd Bridges, American actor (d. 1998)
1918, Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt (d. 1970)
1920, John Joseph O'Connor, American Catholic cardinal (d. 2000)
1926, Maria Schell, Austrian actress (d. 2005)
1929, Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1968)
1941, Captain Beefheart, American musician and visual artist (d. 2010)
1945, Vincent Foster Jr., American lawyer (d. 1993)
1945, William R. Higgins, USMC colonel (d. 1990)
1948, Ronnie Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 1977)
1949, Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 2001)
1989, Alexei Cherepanov, Russian hockey player (d. 2008)

Notable deaths, Jan. 15:
1815, Emma, Lady Hamilton, English mistress of Lord Nelson (b. 1761)
1876, Eliza Johnson, U.S. First Lady (b. 1810)
1896, Mathew Brady, U.S. photographer (b. 1822)
1947, Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia (b. 1924)
1983, Meyer Lansky, Russian-born gangster (b. 1902)
1987, Ray Bolger, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1904)
1993, Sammy Cahn, American songwriter (b. 1913)
1994, Harry Nilsson, American musician (b. 1941)
1996, Minnesota Fats, American billiards player (b. 1913)
1998, Junior Wells, American musician (b. 1934)
2005, Ruth Warrick, American actress (b. 1915)
2008, Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2013. There are 350 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 15, 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of War (now Defense).

One year ago: Addressing a conference in Beirut on democracy in the Arab world, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded that Syria's president, Bashar Assad, stop killing his own people, and said the "old order" of one-man rule and family dynasties was over in the Middle East. At the Golden Globes, "The Artist" won best musical or comedy; "The Descendants" won best drama.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Margaret O'Brien is 76. Actress Andrea Martin is 66. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 56. Actor James Nesbitt is 48. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 46. Actor Chad Lowe is 45. Alt-country singer Will Oldham (aka "Bonnie Prince Billy") is 43. Actress Regina King is 42. Actor Eddie Cahill is 35. Rapper/reggaeton artist Pitbull is 32. Electronic dance musician Skrillex is 25.

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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2014. There are 350 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 15, 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta.

Ten years ago: The NASA Spirit rover rolled onto the surface of Mars for the first time since the vehicle bounced to a landing nearly two weeks earlier. Fourteen-year-old golfer Michelle Wie shot a 2-over 72 in the first round at the PGA Sony Open in Honolulu. "First Wives Club" novelist Olivia Goldsmith died in New York at age 54.

Five years ago: US Airways Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after a flock of birds disabled both engines; all 155 people aboard survived. In a farewell address to the nation, President George W. Bush said while his policies were unpopular, there could be little debate about the results: "America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil." Congress cleared the release of the final $350 billion in bailout funds for the financial industry. After a wave of controversy, Roland Burris was sworn in as a U.S. senator from Illinois.

One year ago: New York state enacted the nation's toughest gun restrictions and the first since the Connecticut school massacre, including an expanded assault-weapon ban and background checks for buying ammunition. Twin blasts ripped through a university campus in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, killing more than 80 people, most of them students, in the government-controlled part of the city.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Margaret O'Brien is 77. Actress Andrea Martin is 67. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 57. Actor James Nesbitt is 49. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 47. Actor Chad Lowe is 46. Alt-country singer Will Oldham (aka "Bonnie Prince Billy") is 44. Actress Regina King is 43. Actor Eddie Cahill is 36. NFL quarterback Drew Brees is 35. Rapper/reggaeton artist Pitbull is 33. Electronic dance musician Skrillex is 26.

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2015. There are 350 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 15, 1865, during the closing months of the Civil War, the Second Battle of Fort Fisher near Wilmington, N.C., ended as Union forces captured the "Gibraltar of the South," depriving the Confederates of their last major seaport.

Ten years ago: Wilbert Rideau, an award-winning black journalist who'd spent nearly 44 years in Louisiana prisons for the 1961 death of a white bank teller, Julia Ferguson, was found guilty of manslaughter in a fourth trial by a racially-mixed jury and set free, his original sentence for murder reduced to time already served. Mahmoud Abbas was sworn in as Palestinian president. Michelle Kwan won her ninth title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Portland, Oregon; Johnny Weir won his second straight men's title. Actress Ruth Warrick died in New York at age 88. Opera singer Victoria de los Angeles died in Barcelona, Spain, at age 81.

Five years ago: United Nations humanitarian chief John Holmes appealed for more than $560 million to help 3 million victims of the earthquake in Haiti, calling it "a huge and a horrifying catastrophe." Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty to carrying a pistol without a license in the District of Columbia, a felony. (Arenas was later sentenced to a month in a halfway house and suspended until the end of the season by the NBA.)

One year ago: In the latest in a series of nuclear stumbles, the U.S. Air Force disclosed that 34 officers entrusted with the world's deadliest weapons had been removed from launch duty for allegedly cheating — or tolerating cheating by others — on routine proficiency tests. A highly critical and bipartisan Senate report declared that the deadly Sept. 2012 assault on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented; the report spread blame among the State Department, the military and U.S. intelligence. A $1.1 trillion spending bill for operating the government until just before the 2014 election steamed through the battle-weary House over tepid protests from tea party conservatives.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Margaret O'Brien is 77. Actress Andrea Martin is 68. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 58. Actor James Nesbitt is 50. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 48. Actor Chad Lowe is 47. Alt-country singer Will Oldham (aka "Bonnie Prince Billy") is 45. Actress Regina King is 44. Actor Eddie Cahill is 37. NFL quarterback Drew Brees is 36. Rapper/reggaeton artist Pitbull is 34. Actor Victor Rasuk is 30. Electronic dance musician Skrillex is 27.

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Today is Friday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2016. There are 351 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 15, 1976, Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald R. Ford in San Francisco. (Moore was released on the last day of 2007.)

Ten years ago: After a seven-year journey, a NASA space capsule, Stardust, returned safely to Earth with the first dust ever fetched from a comet. Michelle Bachelet (bah-cheh-LET') was elected Chile's first woman president. Kuwait's longtime ruler, Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah, died; he was succeeded by the crown prince, Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah.

Five years ago: Several international envoys — but crucially none from the world powers — got a look inside an Iranian nuclear site at the invitation of the Tehran government before a new round of talks on Iran's disputed atomic activities. Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan won the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. Actress Susannah York, 72, died in London.

One year ago: In its first lethal injection since a botched one the previous spring, Oklahoma executed a convicted killer with a three-drug method. Police in Belgium conducted raids across the country, killing two suspected Islamist militants. Pope Francis arrived in the Philippines, Asia's most populous Catholic nation, where ecstatic crowds awaited the first papal visit in 20 years.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Margaret O'Brien is 78. Actress Andrea Martin is 69. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 59. Rock musician Adam Jones (Tool) is 51. Actor James Nesbitt is 51. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 49. Actor Chad Lowe is 48. Alt-country singer Will Oldham (aka "Bonnie Prince Billy") is 46. Actress Regina King is 45. Actor Eddie Cahill is 38. NFL quarterback Drew Brees is 37. Rapper/reggaeton artist Pitbull is 35. Actor Victor Rasuk is 31. Electronic dance musician Skrillex is 28.

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Today is Sunday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2017. There are 350 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 15, 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, retroactively known as Super Bowl I.

Ten years ago: The Iraqi government hanged two of Saddam Hussein's henchmen, including a half-brother, Barzan Ibrahim (BAR'-zahn EE'-brah-heem), who was decapitated by the noose. "Babel" won best movie drama and "Dreamgirls" was named best musical or comedy at the Golden Globes; "Grey's Anatomy" was named best TV drama series and "Ugly Betty" best TV comedy.

Five years ago: Addressing a conference in Beirut on democracy in the Arab world, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded that Syria's president, Bashar Assad, stop killing his own people, and said the "old order" of one-man rule and family dynasties was over in the Middle East. At the Golden Globes, "The Artist" won best movie musical or comedy, while "The Descendants" won best drama; on the TV side, "Homeland" won best drama series while "Modern Family" was recognized as best musical or comedy series.

One year ago: Al-Qaida fighters attacked a hotel and cafe in Burkina Faso's capital, killing 30 people. A search began for two Marine helicopters carrying 12 crew members that collided off the Hawaiian island of Oahu during a nighttime training mission; there were no survivors. A federal judge rejected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehvz) bid for a new trial and ordered him to pay victims of the deadly attack more than $101 million in restitution. Actor Dan Haggerty, 74, died in Burbank, California.

Today's Birthdays — Jan. 15: Actress Margaret O'Brien is 79. Actress Andrea Martin is 70. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy White is 64. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 60. Rock musician Adam Jones (Tool) is 52. Actor James Nesbitt is 52. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 50. Actor Chad Lowe is 49. Alt-country singer Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy) is 47. Actress Regina King is 46. Actor Eddie Cahill is 39. NFL quarterback Drew Brees is 38. Rapper/reggaeton artist Pitbull is 36. Actor Victor Rasuk is 32. Actress Jessy Schram is 31. Electronic dance musician Skrillex is 29. Singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal (TV: "America's Got Talent") is 13.

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Today is Monday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2018. There are 350 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 15, 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of War (now Defense).

Ten years ago: Republican Mitt Romney scored his first major presidential primary victory in his native Michigan. During a visit to Saudi Arabia, President George W. Bush warned that surging oil prices threatened the U.S. economy, and urged OPEC nations to boost their output. Actor Brad Renfro, who as a youngster had played the title role in "The Client," was found dead in his Los Angeles home; he was 25.



Five years ago: New York state enacted the nation's toughest gun restrictions and the first since the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, including an expanded assault-weapon ban and background checks for buying ammunition. Twin blasts ripped through a university campus in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, killing more than 80 people, most of them students, in the government-controlled part of the city.



One year ago: In his final interview as president, Barack Obama told CBS' "60 Minutes" that the increase of Israeli settlements had "gotten so substantial" that it was inhibiting the possibility of an "effective, contiguous Palestinian state." Former pro wrestler Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, who had just been found not competent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend, died at his son-in-law's home near Pompano Beach, Fla., at age 73.



Today's Birthdays — Jan. 15: Actress Margaret O'Brien is 80. Actress Andrea Martin is 71. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy White is 65. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 61. Rock musician Adam Jones (Tool) is 53. Actor James Nesbitt is 53. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 51. Actor Chad Lowe is 50. Alt-country singer Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy) is 48. Actress Regina King is 47. Actor Eddie Cahill is 40. NFL quarterback Drew Brees is 39. Rapper/reggaeton artist Pitbull is 37. Actor Victor Rasuk is 33. Actress Jessy Schram is 32. Electronic dance musician Skrillex is 30. Singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal (TV: "America's Got Talent") is 14.

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