Historical Events on January 15 (Part 2)

  • 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 Dallas Mavericks drop a 104-87 decision to the San Antonio Spurs at Reunion Arena to set an unwanted NBA record with their 17th consecutive home defeat; break mark of 16 set by Orlando in 1990
  • 1994 Hague motorist with .51% alcohol in blood, breaks Dutch record (.47%)

Sports History

1994 Lawrence Taylor announces his retirement from the NFL

  • 1994 Queen Elizabeth falls off her horse & breaks her left wrist
  • 1995 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: San Diego Chargers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 17-13
  • 1995 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys, 38-28
  • 1995 Southern Alabama begins using new area code 334
  • 1995 Western Washington begins using new area code 360

Sports History

1997 Controversial Chicago Bulls' forward Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman Eugene Amos in the groin during a game against Minnesota Timberwolves; ultimately pays Amos $200,000 settlement, and is suspended for 11 games without pay

Event of Interest

1997 Diana, Princess of Wales, calls for an international ban on landmines, angering ministers in the UK

  • 1997 San Francisco head coach George Seifert announces his resignation after 8 highly-successful NFL seasons with the 49ers: winningest coach in team history at 108-35; 2 Super Bowl titles
  • 1997 Seattle's Sam Perkins ties Jeff Hornacek's NBA single-game record by connecting on 8 straight 3-point field goals during Sonics' 122-78 win over visiting Toronto; Seattle also sets an NBA steals record with 27
  • 1997 Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station
  • 1998 Australian schoolboy Ian Thorpe becomes youngest ever male to become a world swimming champion when he wins 400m freestyle aged 15 years, 3 months in Perth; also wins event at 2001 & 2003 World Championships

Sports History

1998 Future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Dino Ciccarelli finds his 5th NHL club; traded from Tampa Bay Lightning to Florida Panthers

  • 1999 The Racak incident: 45 Albanians in the Kosovo village of Racak are killed by Yugoslav security forces
  • 2000 Utah's Jerry Sloan becomes 12th coach in NBA history to reach the 700-victory plateau when the Jazz defeat the LA Clippers, 112-75 at the Delta Center, Salt Lake City
  • 2001 Wikipedia a free Wiki or content encyclopedia is launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger
  • 2005 An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system
  • 2005 ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
  • 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.

Half of a Yellow Sun

2007 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel about the Biafran War, "Half of a Yellow Sun", is published

  • 2008 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members celebrate 100th anniversary by donating $1 million to scholarship funds at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Miracle on the Hudson

2009 Chesley Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in NYC. All passengers and crew members survive in what becomes known as the "Miracle on the Hudson"

  • 2010 15th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Hurt Locker wins Best Film
  • 2011 Wikipedia the free internet encyclopedia turns 10 years old
  • 2013 19 Egyptian Army recruits are killed and 120 are injured in a train accident in Giza
  • 2013 83 people are killed and 150 are injured in a rocket attack on Aleppo University, Syria
  • 2014 LA Dodgers sign pitcher Clayton Kershaw to the biggest deal in baseball history, a 7-year, $215 million package averaging $30.7 million per season
  • 2015 20th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Boyhood wins Best Film
  • 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
  • 2018 Fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber are suspended from magazines including Vogue, after allegations of sexual harassment in "The New York Times"
  • 2018 Operation in El Junquito, Venezuela, to capture terrorist group including Oscar Pérez, accused of mounting a coup, ends in 4 deaths

Papal Visit

2018 Pope Francis arrives in Chile for a three-day visit amid child sexual abuse claims against church clergy

  • 2018 Protests against the current government turn violent in Tunis, Tunisia marking the seventh anniversary of the revolution
  • 2018 Romanian Social Democrat (PSD) Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigns after 7 months in office

Sports History

2018 US Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Simone Biles says she is one of more than 130 women sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar

Music History

2019 American rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie tops US album chart with album "Hoodie SZN" selling a record low 823 copies of just digital sales

  • 2019 Beginning of humanity's largest gathering, the Kumbh Mela Hindu festival with 15 million people bathing at the joining of Ganges and Yamuna rivers, India. 120 million expected over next 49 days.
  • 2019 Bomb blast and gunfight at DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, leaves at least 21 dead with militants group claiming responsibility al-Shabab
  • 2019 Chinese scientists confirm they have germinated a cotton seed on the moon on board the Chang’e 4 lander
  • 2019 LGBTQ activists accuse the Russian republic of Chechnya of a new gay purge with 40 detained and two killed
  • 2019 Plastic will outweigh fish in the world's oceans by 2050 according to report by the World Economic Forum

Event of Interest

2019 Theresa May's Brexit deal with the EU is rejected by UK parliament 432 votes to 202, largest parliamentary defeat in its democratic era

El Chapo Finally Recaptured

2019 Witness in El Chapo trial claims former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto accepted $100 million bribe from the drug cartel head

  • 2021 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia's island of Sulawesi kills at least 42 with hundreds injured

Event of Interest

2021 Dutch government led by PM Mark Rutte resigns after falsely accusing thousands of families of welfare fraud

COVID-19 Pandemic

2021 Global death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic passes 2 million (true total likely much higher)

Television Debut

2021 TV series "WandaVision" starring Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as Vision debuts on Disney+

  • 2022 Oil spill at La Pampilla refinery off Peruvian coast after waves from the Tongan eruption cause almost 12,000 barrels to leak into the sea [1]
  • 2022 Underwater volcano Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai violently erupts with 20km ash plume, sending tsunami over nearby Tonga, with shock waves heard in New Zealand [1]
  • 2023 At least 68 people killed in a plane crash by Yeti Airlines in Pokhara, Nepal, the countries worst crash for three decades [1]

LeBron James Passes 38,000 Points

2023 Lakers LeBron James surpasses 38,000 NBA career points, joining only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in 113-112 loss to Philadelphia 76ers at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California

  • 2023 Mexico brings into force world's strictest anti-smoking laws, banning smoking in public places such as beaches and parks [1]