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Notable Historical Events on January 15th

1934Babe Ruth signs a 1934 contract for $35,000 ($17,000 cut)

1984Hana Mandlikova ends Martina Navratilova's 54-match winning streak

1535Henry VIII declares himself head of the Church in England

1922Irish Free State forms; Michael Collins becomes 1st Premier

199042 year old George Foreman KOs Gerry Cooney in 2 rounds in Atlantic City

1971George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord"

1972Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels

1998Dino Ciccarelli is traded for the fourth time, from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Florida Panthers

1895Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres, St Petersburg (1/27 NS)

1994Lawrence Taylor announces his retirement from the NFL

1947The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short ("The Black Dahlia") is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California.

196250th Australian Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats R Emerson (86 06 64 64)

1997Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman, Eugene Amosin the groin

1942FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II

January 15th Historical Events
Date Event
588
Nebuchadrezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah's reign. The siege lasts until July 23, 586 BC. 
BC
AD
69
Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but only rules for three months before committing suicide. 
708
Sisinnius begins his reign as Pope (dies 20 days later) 
946
Caliph al-Mustaqfi blinded and ousted 
1346
Emperor Louis IV of Bavaria gives his wife Margaretha, Holland/Zealand 
1535
Henry VIII declares himself head of the Church in England 
1552
France signs secret treaty with German Protestants 
1562
3rd sitting of Council of Trente opens 
1582
Russia cedes Livonia & Estonia to Poland, loses access to Baltic 
1586
Battle at Boxum: Spanish troops under Tassis beat state army 
1752
Tobias Smollett publishes pamphlet accusing Fielding of plagiarism 
1754
Riot at burial of doelist Daniel Raap in Amsterdam 
1759
British Museum opens in Montague House, London 
1762
Fraunces Tavern opens in NYC 
1777
People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England 
1780
Continental Congress establishes court of appeals 
1785
Mozarts string quartet opus 10 premieres 
1797
1st top hat worn (John Etherington of London) 
1822
Greek War of Independence: Demetrius Ypsilanti is elected president of the legislative assembly. 
1831
1st US-built locomotive to pull a passenger train makes 1st run 
1831
1st US railroad honeymoon trip, Mr & Mrs Pierson, Charleston, SC 
1833
HMS Beagle anchors at Goeree Tierra del Fuego 
1844
University of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana 
1847
1st Swedish magazine in US, Skandinavia, published in NYC 
1851
Gen Arista replaces Mexican Pres Herrera 
1857
1st first-class game in Sydney, NSW v Vic at The Domain 
1861
Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis 
1863
1st US newspaper printed on wood-pulp paper, Boston Morning Journal 
1865
Ft Fisher, NC falls to Union troops 
1866
Bedrich Smetana's opera "Branibori v Cechach," premieres in Prague 
1870
Donkey 1st used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper's Weekly 
1877
US Assay Office in Helena, Montana opens 
1882
1st US ski club forms (Berlin NH) 
1886
Weekly Herald, 1st newspaper in Vancouver, BC, publishes 1st issue 
1889
The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia. 
1892
Basketball rules published in Triangle Magazine, Mass 
1895
Albert Trott takes 8-43 on Test debut, then a record 
1895
French fleet reaches Majunga, Madagascar 
1895
Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres, St Petersburg (1/27 NS) 
1896
Henry Arthur Jones' "Michael & his Lost Angel," premieres in London 
1900
SCNEC soccer team forms 
1905
Coen de Koning becomes world champion all-round skater 
1907
3-element vacuum tube patented by Dr Lee De Forest 
1907
Gold dental inlays 1st described by Wm Taggart, who invented them 
1908
C Hill & R J Hartigan make 8th wkt partnership 243 for Aust 
1915
Japan claims economic control of China 
1915
Sydney, Kern & Smith's musical "Love o' Mike," premieres in NYC 
1919
2 million gallons of molasses flood Boston MA, drowning 21 
1919
Frank Wedekind's "Die letzten Tage der Menschheit," premieres 
1919
Pianist & statesman Ignace Paderewski becomes 1st premier of Poland 
1919
Semana Tragica (Tragic Week): Bloodbath in Buenos Aires 
1919
W Collison & O Harbach's "Up in Mabel's Room," premieres in NYC 
1919
Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps. 
1922
Irish Free State forms; Michael Collins becomes 1st Premier 
1924
3rd Dutch government Ruijs de Beerenbrouck forms 
1925
Hans Luther forms German government, with DNVP 
1927
The Tennessee Supreme Court overturns (on a technicality) John T Scopes' guilty verdict for teaching evolution — but the law itself remains in force 
1930
George Headley scores century on debut v England (made 176) 
1934
8.4 earthquake in India/Nepal, 10,700 die 
1934
Babe Ruth signs a 1934 contract for $35,000 ($17,000 cut) 
1934
While robbing the First National Bank in East Chicago, Indianapolis, Dillinger is shot several times by officer William O'Malley, but survives because he is wearing a bullet proof vest. 
1935
300 Dutch ice cream salesmen protest against Italian competition 
1935
Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty," premieres in NYC 
1936
1st all-glass windowless structure in US completed, Toledo, Ohio 
1936
Horace Stoneham elected president of NY Giants 
1936
Non-profit Ford Foundation incorporates 
1939
1st NFL pro bowl, NY Giants beat All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field 
1939
Municipal Railway & Market St RR begin service to Transbay Terminal 
1940
German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch trade ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church) 
1942
Cubs, drop plans to install lights at Wrigley due to WW II 
1942
FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II 
1943
1st transport of Jews from Amsterdam to concentration camp Vught 
1943
World's largest office building, Pentagon, completed 
1943
1,000 workers complete air conditioning system for Pentagon 
1944
European Advisory Commission decides to divide Germany 
1944
General Eisenhower arrives in England 
1944
Vught Concentration Camp puts 74 women in 1 cell, 10 die 
1945
"Make Mine Manhattan" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 429 perfs 
1945
Every Amsterdammer gets 3 kg of sugar beets 
1945
Red Army frees Crakow-Plaszow concentration camp 
1945
The Manhattan Project's G-5 Group, headed by Physicist's Donald Kerst and Seth Neddermeyer, take their first betatron pictures of a nuclear implosion at the Los Alamos Laboratory 
1947
The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short ("The Black Dahlia") is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California. 
1949
Mao's Red army conquers Ten-tsin 
1950
4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Wash DC 
1951
"Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000 
1951
Supreme Court rule "clear & present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech & can be a cause for arrest 
1953
16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Wash DC station 
1953
GDR Min of Foreign affairs Georg Dertingen arrested for "espionage" 
1955
1st official act of Princess Beatrice, launches tanker Vasum 
1955
D Shostakovitch' "From Jewish Folk Poetry," premieres in Leningrad 
1955
USSR ends state of war with German Federal Republic 
1956
Bauer Marlene wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open 
1956
D Shostakovitch appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia 
1956
KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1956
NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 31-30 
1957
Brooklyn Dodgers sign a new 3 year lease for Ebbets Field 
1958
NY Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV 
1961
NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 35-31 
1961
Suggs wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational Open 
1961
Supremes signed with Motown Records 
1962
50th Australian Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats R Emerson (86 06 64 64) 
1962
Dutch & Indonesian navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea 
1964
Baseball agrees to hold a free-agent draft in NYC 
1964
Teamsters negotiate 1st national labor contract 
1965
Rock group Who releases 1st album "I Can't Explain" 
1965
Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor Mich forms 
1965
Soviet underground nuclear test creates the atomic lake Chagan, Kazakhstan 
1966
AFL Pro Bowl: All-Stars beats Buffalo 30-19 
1966
NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 36-7 
1967
Super Bowl I: Green Bay Packers beat KC Chiefs, 35-10 in LA Super Bowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB 
1968
KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting 
1969
Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean 
1969
Soyuz 5 launched by Soviet Union 
1969
Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill announce the setting up of an official inquiry into the disturbances in Derry and elsewhere 
1970
Milwaukee Brewers make their 1st trade (with Oakland A's) 
1970
Republic Biafra disbands/joins Nigeria 
1970
Riots break out in the Ardoyne area of Belfast 
1971
"Ari" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 19 performances 
1971
Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt 
1971
George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" 
1972
Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels 
1973
4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court 
1973
Gene Shalit joins Today Show panel 
1973
Pope Paul VI holds an audience with Golda Meir at Vatican 
1973
Pres Nixon suspends all US offensive action in N Vietnam 
1974
"Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC 
1974
24th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 134-123 at Seattle 
1974
Expert panel reports 18½ minute gap in Watergate tape, 5 separate erasures 
1975
Portugal signs accord for Angola's independence 
1975
Space Mountain opens (Disneyland) 
1976
Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot Pres Ford 
1976
US-German Helios B solar probe launched into solar orbit 
1976
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1977
Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live" 
1977
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament 
1978
Theodore Bundy kills Fla State U coeds Lisa Levy & Margaret Bowman 
1978
Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10 in N Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT 
1980
Pam Gems' "Piaf!," premieres in London 
1981
"Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV 
1981
Bob Gibson elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame 
1982
"Forbidden Broadway" by/with Gerard Alessandrini premieres in NYC 
1983
Dutch political party DS'70 disbands 
1983
Hartford Whalers smallest crowd 4,812 (beat Devils) during blizzard 
1983
Javed Miandad & Mudassar Nazar make 451 stand v India 
1983
Thom Syles keeps a life saver intact in his mouth for over 7 hours 
1984
Hana Mandlikova ends Martina Navratilova's 54-match winning streak 
1984
Schonbrun skates world record 5 km (7:39.44) 
1985
Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Ashbery & Fred Chapell 
1985
Civil rights activist Tancredo Neves elected president 
1985
Mike Gatting & Graeme Fowler both scores 200's v India 
1985
Tancredo Neves becomes 1st elected president of Brazil in 21 years 
1986
Living Seas opens (Disneyland) 
1988
Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder makes racist remarks about black athletes 
1988
Kiran More stumps five WI batsman at Madras, world Test record 
1988
Narendra Hirwani takes 16-136 (8-61 & 8-75) v WI on Test debut 
1989
"Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 176 perfs 
1989
Betsy King wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic 
1989
Big John Studd wins WWF's 1st Royal Rumble 
1989
Cerberal Palsy telethon raises 22,600,000 
1989
10th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins the Golden CableACE for "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam" 
1990
42 year old George Foreman KOs Gerry Cooney in 2 rounds in Atlantic City 
1990
6th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Santa Barbara wins 
1990
AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch 
1990
Blue Jay Cecil Fielder signs with Detroit as a free agent 
1990
NY Knicks Trent Tucker scores with 1/10 sec, beats Bulls, 109-106 
1991
Australia beat NZ 2-0 to win the World Series Cup 
1991
UN's deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait (they don't) 
1992
Bulgaria recognizes Macedonia 
1992
Cleaning woman finds intimate photos of Sarah Ferguson with US man 
1992
Supreme Court rules 5-3 that Joseph Doherty isn't entitled to asylum 
1993
7.5 earthquake strikes northern Japan, 2 die 
1993
Soap opera "Santa Barbara" final show on NBC TV 
1993
Top mafia leader Salvatore "Toto" Riina arrested in Palermo 
1994
15th ACE Cable Awards: Michael Fuchs wins the Golden CableACE for outstanding achievements in advancing the development of cable programming 
1994
Hague motorist with .51% alcohol in blood, breaks Dutch record (.47%) 
1994
Queen Elizabeth falls off her horse & breaks her left wrist 
1994
Lawrence Taylor announces his retirement from the NFL 
1995
Dawn Coe-Jones wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Golf Champion 
1995
San Diego Chargers beat Pitt Steelers 17-13 for AFC championship 
1995
SF 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys for NFC championship 
1995
Southern Alabama begins using new area code 334 
1995
Western Washington begins using new area code 360 
1997
Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman, Eugene Amosin the groin 
1997
Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station 
1998
NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again 
1998
Dino Ciccarelli is traded for the fourth time, from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Florida Panthers 
1999
The Racak incident: 45 Albanians in the Kosovo village of Racak are killed by Yugoslav security forces. 
2001
Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online. 
2005
ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon. 
2005
An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system. 
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. 
2009
US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing into the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survive. 
2011
Wikipedia the free internet encyclopedia turns 10 years old 
2013
83 people are killed and 150 are injured in a rocket attack on Aleppo University, Syria 
2013
19 Egyptian Army recruits are killed and 120 are injured in a train accident in Giza 
2016
ISIS claims Jakarta bomb attack and shootout 
2017
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to End Its 146-Year Run 
2017
Prison Riot in Brazil Leaves at Least 10 Inmates Dead 
2017
UConn Women Win Their 91st Straight and Rewrite History Again 
2017
Lady Liberty to be black woman on new US $100 coin 
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