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

Events in History

  • 1971 Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt
  • 1973 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
  • 1973 Gene Shalit joins Today Show panel

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1973 Pope Paul VI holds an audience with Golda Meir at the Vatican

4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir
Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI

BattleBattle of Interest

1973 US President Richard Nixon suspends all US offensive action in North 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

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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
  • 1977 Festac '77, the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, begins in Lagos, Nigeria
  • 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 Wałęsa and Solidarity delegation at the Vatican

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
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 Margaret 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 Mike Gatting & Graeme Fowler both scores 200 v India
  • 1985 Tancredo Neves becomes 1st elected President of Brazil in 21 years, bur dies before taking office
  • 1987 Police officer who mistakenly shot and paralysed an innocent woman in Brixton, UK, is cleared of all criminal charges
  • 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 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $22.6 million
  • 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, killing 2 people
  • 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

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

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer

Historic ExpeditionJohn Glenn Orbits Earth

1998 NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again

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John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, getting into his spacecraft Friendship 7 in 1962
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, getting into his spacecraft Friendship 7 in 1962
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  • 1999 The Racak incident: 45 Albanians in the Kosovo village of Racak are killed by Yugoslav security forces
  • 2001 Wikipedia a free Wiki or content encyclopedia is launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger
  • 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.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Historic CommunicationMiracle 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"

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Passengers wait to be rescued on the wings of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River
Passengers wait to be rescued on the wings of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River
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  • 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
  • 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 Protests against the current government turn violent in Tunis, Tunisia marking the seventh anniversary of the revolution
  • 2018 Operation in El Junquito, Venezuela, to capture terrorist group including Oscar Pérez, accused of mounting a coup, ends in 4 deaths
  • 2018 Romanian Social Democrat (PSD) Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigns after 7 months in office

BeatificationPapal Visit

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

  • 2019 LGBTQ activists accuse the Russian republic of Chechnya of a new gay purge with 40 detained and two killed

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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

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • 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.

Person of InterestEl 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

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Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in American custody after being extradited to the United States
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  • 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 A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie tops US album chart with album "Hoodie Szn" selling a record low 823 copies of just digital sales.
  • 2019 Plastic will outweigh fish in the world's oceans by 2050 according to report by the World Economic Forum

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