Today in History
January 15

1624 Riots flare in Mexico when it is announced that all churches are to be closed.
1811 In a secret session, Congress plans to annex Spanish East Florida.
1865 Union troops capture Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
1913 The first telephone line between Berlin and New York is inaugurated.
1919 Peasants in Central Russia rise against the Bolsheviks.
1920 The Dry Law goes into effect in the United States. Selling liquor and beer becomes illegal.
1920 The United States approves a $150 million loan to Poland, Austria and Armenia to aid in their war with the Russian communists.
1927 The Dumbarton Bridge opens in San Francisco carrying the first auto traffic across the bay.
1929 The U.S. Senate ratifies the Kellogg-Briand anti-war pact.
1930 Amelia Earhart sets an aviation record for women at 171 mph in a Lockheed Vega.
1936 In London, Japan quits all naval disarmament talks after being denied equality.
1944 The U.S. Fifth Army successfully breaks the German Winter Line in Italy with the capture of Mount Trocchio.
1949 Chinese Communists occupy Tianjin after a 27-hour battle with Nationalist forces.
1965 Sir Winston Churchill suffers a severe stroke.
1967 Some 462 Yale faculty members call for an end to the bombing in North Vietnam.
1973 U.S. President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action by U.S. troops in Vietnam.
1973 Four of six remaining Watergate defendants plead guilty.
1975 The Alvor Agreement is signed, ending the Angolan War of Independence and granting the country independence from Portugal.
1976 Sara Jane Moore is sentenced to life in prison for her failed attempt to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford.
1991 The UN deadline for Iraq to withdraw its forces from occupied Kuwait passes, setting the stage for Operation Desert Storm.
1991 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II approves Australia instituting its own Victoria Cross honors system, the first county in the British Commonwealth permitted to do so.
1992 Slovenia and Croatia’s independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is recognized by the international community.
2001 Wikipedia goes online.

Born on January 15
1622 Moliere [Jean Baptiste Poquelin], French comic dramatist best remembered for his play La Tartuffe.
1716 Philip Livingston, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence.
1823 Mathew Brady, Civil War photographer.
1906 Aristotle Onassis, Greek tycoon.
1908 Edward Teller, Hungarian-born U.S. physicist known as the “Father of the H-bomb.”
1929 Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
1945 Princess Michael of Kent (Baroness Marie Christine Anna Agnes Hedwig Ida von Reibnitz); married Prince Michael of Kent, grandson of Britain’s King George V.
1948 Ronnie Van Zant, singer, songwriter; founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd band.
1982 Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia.

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