This Day in History — January 15th

This Day in History — January 15th

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Today is the 15th day of 2019. There are 350 days left in the year.


2009: US Airways Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger ditches his airliner in the Hudson River near New York after a flock of birds disables both the plane’s engines. All 155 people aboard survive.



1535: King Henry VIII assumes title of supreme head of the Church in England.

1559: England’s Queen Elizabeth I is crowned in Westminster Abbey.

1892: The rules of basketball are published for the first time in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the game originates.

1919: Pianist and conductor Ignace Jan Paderewski becomes the first premier of newly created Republic of Poland.

1922: Irish Free State is established under Michael Collins.

1929: The Kellog-Briand Pact for the peaceful settlement of international disputes is ratified by the US Senate.

1976: Sara Jane Moore is sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of US President Gerald Ford in San Francisco.

1989: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Warsaw Pact and 12 other European countries adopt a human rights and security agreement in Vienna, Austria.

1992: The Yugoslav federation effectively collapses as the European Community recognises the republics of Croatia and Slovenia.

1993: A historic disarmament ceremony ends in Paris with the last of 125 countries signing a treaty banning chemical weapons.

1998: President Suharto of Indonesia reaches an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on an austerity programme to stop the country’s economic meltdown.

2000: Zeljko Raznatovic, the notorious Serb paramilitary leader better known as Arkan, is shot and killed in a Belgrade hotel.

2002: Both Pakistan and India refuse to pull their troops back from their tense border, where up to one million troops are massed in their biggest mobilisation in 30 years.

2004: Pentagon auditors request an investigation of possible criminal wrongdoing after US Vice-President Dick Cheney’s former company, Halliburton, picks a high-priced Kuwaiti supplier for gasoline in Iraq in just one day after considering bids from only three companies.

2006: Socialist paediatrician Michelle Bachelet, a former political prisoner, wins Chile’s presidential election to become the Andean nation’s first woman leader and extend the rule of the country’s centre-left coalition.

2008: British Airways shows off its new terminal at Heathrow Airport, a five-storey building with marble floors, 112 shops and restaurants, and windows with a distant view of Windsor Castle.

2010: A top French lawmaker submits a draft law that would ban Islamic dress— veils, robes, headscarves — anywhere in public, a measure that would set a European precedent and trap thousands of women between their religious convictions and the law of the land.

2017: In his final interview as president, Barack Obama tells CBS’s 60 Minutes that the increase of Israeli settlements had “gotten so substantial” that it was inhibiting the possibility of an “effective, contiguous Palestinian State”.



Jean Baptiste Moliere, French dramatist (1622-1673); Pierre Joseph Proudhon, French political philosopher (1809-1865); Nazim Hikmet, Turkish poet (1902-1963); Martin Luther King, American civil rights leader (1929-1968); Mario Van Peebles, US actor/director (1957- ); Chad Lowe, US actor (1968- )

— AP

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