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    What happened on January 15 in History

    On this day

    DateWhat happened
    January 15, 1624Riots flare in Mexico when it is announced that all churches are to be closed.
    January 15, 1811In a secret session, Congress plans to annex Spanish East Florida.
    January 15, 1865Union troops capture Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
    January 15, 1913The first telephone line between Berlin and New York is inaugurated.
    January 15, 1919Peasants in Central Russia rise against the Bolsheviks.
    January 15, 1920The Dry Law goes into effect in the United States. Selling liquor and beer becomes illegal.
    January 15, 1920The United States approves a $150 million loan to Poland, Austria and Armenia to aid in their war with the Russian communists.
    January 15, 1927The Dumbarton Bridge opens in San Francisco carrying the first auto traffic across the bay.
    January 15, 1929The U.S. Senate ratifies the Kellogg-Briand anti-war pact.
    January 15, 1930Amelia Earhart sets an aviation record for women at 171 mph in a Lockheed Vega.
    January 15, 1936In London, Japan quits all naval disarmament talks after being denied equality.
    January 15, 1944The U.S. Fifth Army successfully breaks the German Winter Line in Italy with the capture of Mount Trocchio.
    January 15, 1949Chinese Communists occupy Tientsin after a 27-hour battle with Nationalist forces.
    January 15, 1965Sir Winston Churchill suffers a severe stroke.
    January 15, 1967Some 462 Yale faculty members call for an end to the bombing in North Vietnam.
    January 15, 1973US President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action by US troops in Vietnam.
    January 15, 1973Four of six remaining Watergate defendants plead guilty.
    January 15, 1975The Alvor Agreement is signed, ending the Angolan War of independence and granting the country independence from Portugal.
    January 15, 1976Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life in prison for her failed attempt to assassinate US President Gerald Ford.
    January 15, 1991UN deadline for Iraq to withdraw its forces from occupied Kuwait passes, setting the stage for Operation Desert Storm.
    January 15, 1991Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II approves Australia instituting its own Victoria Cross honors system, the first county in the British Commonwealth permitted to do so.
    January 15, 1992Slovenia and Croatia’s independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is recognized by the international community.
    January 15, 2001Wikipedia goes online.
    Born on January 15
    January 15, 1622Moliere [Jean Baptiste Poquelin], French comic dramatist best remembered for his play La Tartuffe.
    January 15, 1716Philip Livingston, signatory to the Declaration of Independence.
    January 15, 1823Mathew Brady, Civil War photographer.
    January 15, 1906Aristotle Onassis, Greek tycoon.
    January 15, 1908Edward Teller, Hungarian-born U.S. physicist known as the “Father of the H-bomb.”
    January 15, 1929Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
    January 15, 1945Princess Michael of Kent (Baroness Marie Christine Anna Agnes Hedwig Ida von Reibnitz), married to Prince Michael of Kent, grandson of Britain’s King George V.
    January 15, 1948Ronnie Van Zant, singer, songwriter; founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd band.
    January 15, 1982Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia.