On This Day In History, 15 January

On This Day In History 15 January Image

World Events Today

  • Wikipedia, the multilingual online encyclopedia, was launched today in 2001, by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger
  • After a problem with a flock of geese on take-off, Captain Chesley Sullenberger III landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River today in 2009, all aboard were rescued by nearby boats
  • The House of Commons in the UK, rejected Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement today in 2019, the vote was 432 to 202, the largest defeat in the history of the house

Entertainment Events Today

  • The most popular version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake, was first staged for the Imperial Ballet today in 1895 in Saint Petersburg
  • The first Super Bowl game was played today in 1967, the Green Bay Packers from the National Football League beat the Kansas City Chiefs from the American Football League, by 35 to 10
  • The American television sitcom Happy Days, aired today for the first time in 1974 on the ABC network, it made a star of Henry Winkler who starred as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli

Family Events Today

  • The American Christian minister and activist Martin Luther King Junior, was born today in 1929 in Atlanta
  • The English record producer Peter Alan Waterman, OBE, was born today in 1947 in Coventry
  • The English football legend Nat Lofthouse, OBE, who played as a forward for Bolton Wanderers for his entire career, died today in 2011 aged 85

Main Event Today

  • Elizabeth I, “The Virgin Queen”, the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was crowned Queen of England today in 1559 at Westminster Abbey

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

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