On This Day in History for January 15 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 161 of 161

  • 1970 Republic of Biafra disbands and joins Nigeria
  • 1970 Riots break out in the Ardoyne area of Belfast

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1970 Muammar Gaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya

Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • 1971 Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt
  • 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

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1973 US President Richard Nixon suspends all US offensive action in N Vietnam

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 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)

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1976 Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot US President Gerald Ford

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 1976 US-German Helios B solar probe launched into solar orbit
  • 1976 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1978 Theodore Bundy kills Fla State U coeds Lisa Levy & Margaret Bowman
  • 1980 Pam Gems' "Piaf!" premieres in London

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1981 Pope John Paul II receives Lech Walesa and Solidarity delegation at the Vatican

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1982 "Forbidden Broadway" by/with Gerard Alessandrini premieres in NYC
  • 1982 Mark Thatcher, son of UK prime minister Magaret Thatcher, makes his way home after 6 days missing in the Sahara
  • 1983 Dutch political party DS'70 disbands
  • 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 Schonbrun skates world record 5 km (7:39.44)
  • 1984 Tony Benn, described as a “leftwing rebel” wins Labour's nomination for the by-election in Chesterfield, UK
  • 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 v India
  • 1985 Tancredo Neves becomes 1st elected president of Brazil in 21 years
  • 1986 Living Seas opens (Disneyland)
  • 1987 A police officer who mistakenly shot and paralysed an innocent woman in Brixton, UK, is cleared of all criminal charges
  • 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 Cerberal Palsy telethon raises 22,600,000
  • 1990 AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch
  • 1991 UN's deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait (they don't)

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1991 Elizabeth II signs letters patent that allows Australia to institute its own Victoria Cross, the first Commonwealth realm to do so

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 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 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
  • 1995 Southern Alabama begins using new area code 334
  • 1995 Western Washington begins using new area code 360
  • 1997 Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station
  • 1997 Diana, Princess of Wales, calls for an international ban on landmines, angering ministers in the UK
  • 1998 NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again
  • 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 American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan unveils newest exhibit replica skeleton of a Titanosaur dinosaur (found 2010 Argentina), largest known dinosaur at 70 tons, 37m
  • 2016 Islamist militants attack a hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso killing 28, injuring 56

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 101 of 101

  • 1982 Prince Philip and Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia

Weddings in History

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Deaths in History

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