January 15 Events in History - January 15 Birthdays - January 15 Deaths
2015 The Swiss National Bank has uncapped the Swiss franc against the euro, resulting in a rise in its currency value from 1.20 to 1.04 francs/euro; the bank also reduced interest rates from -.25% to -.75%, increasing costs to investors who store deposits
2014 It is revealed that the National Security Agency, NSA, is using software to spy on nearly 100,000 computers around the world; most of the software is implanted by accessing the Internet, but some technology enables data to be entered or altered through radio wave transmission
2014 The World Bank global forecast predicts an increase in growth to 3.2 percent, from 2.4 percent in 2013
2013 The Republic of Ireland's Food Safety Authority announces horse DNA was present in some beef burgers on sale in supermarkets in Ireland and in the UK
2013 In Saudi Arabia, Egyptian human rights lawyer Ahmed al-Gizawi is sentenced to five years in prison and 300 lashes, for possession of Xanax anti-anxiety pills
2012 Facing fuel shortages after a fall storm, preparations are made for the US Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Healy to accompany Russian tanker Renda to deliver fuel
2012 2012 Republican Party Presidential primary candidate Jon Huntsman drops out of the race, endorsing Mitt Romney
2011 Australia's enormous flood effects 13,000 properties in rural Victoria
2011 China announces it may station troops in North Korea to protect its citizens and investment projects
2010 Muslim fundamentalists in northern Algeria kill an army colonel and a military commander of Bejaia
2009 U.S. Airways plane ditches in the Hudson River - all 155 passengers survive
2006 Stardust space mission returns dust from a comet to earth
1998 NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again
1997 Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman, Eugene Amosin the groin
1997 Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station
1995 Dawn Coe-Jones wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Golf Champion
1995 San Diego Chargers beat Pittsburgh Steelers 17-13 for AFC championship
1995 San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys for NFC championship
1995 Southern Alabama begins using new area code 334
1995 Western Washington begins using new area code 360
1994 15th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins 34 awards, Showtime wins 10
1994 Hague motorist with .51% alcohol in blood, breaks Dutch record (.47%)
1994 Queen Elizabeth falls off her horse and breaks her left wrist
1993 7.5 earthquake strikes northern Japan, 2 die
1993 Soap opera "Santa Barbara" final show on NBC TV
1993 Top mafia leader Salvatore "Toto" Riina arrested in Palermo
1992 Bulgaria recognizes Macedonia
1992 Cleaning woman finds intimate photos of Sarah Ferguson with U.S. man
1992 Supreme Court rules 5-3 that Joseph Doherty isn't entitled to asylum
1991 Australia beat New Zealand 2-0 to win the World Series Cup
1991 UN's deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait (they don't)
1990 42 year old George Foreman KOs George Cooney in 2 rounds
1990 6th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Knots Landing wins
1990 AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch
1990 Blue Jay Cecil Fielder signs with Detroit as a free agent
1990 New York Knicks Trent Tucker scores with 1/10 sec, beats Bulls, 109-106
1989 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Ambassador Theater New York City after 176 performances
1989 10th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins 35 awards
1989 Betsy King wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic
1989 Big John Studd wins WWF's 1st Royal Rumble
1989 Cerberal Palsy telethon raises $22,600,000
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 and 8-75) vs. WI on Test debut
1986 Living Seas opens at Epcot
1985 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Ashbery and Fred Chapell
1985 Civil rights activist Tancredo Neves elected president
1985 Mike Gatting and Graeme Fowler both scores 200's vs. India
1985 Tancredo Neves becomes 1st elected president of Brazil in 21 years
1984 Hana Mandlikova ends Martina Navratilova's 54-match winning streak
1984 Schonbrun skates world record 5 km (7:39.44)
1983 Dutch political party DS'70 disbands
1983 Hartford Whalers smallest crowd 4,812 (beat Devils) during blizzard
1983 Javed Miandad and Mudassar Nazar make 451 stand vs. India
1983 Thom Syles keeps a life saver intact in his mouth for over 7 hours
1982 "Forbidden Broadway" by/with Gerard Alessandrini premieres in New York City
1981 "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV
1981 Bob Gibson elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
1980 Pam Gems' "Piaf!," premieres in London
1978 Theodore Bundy kills Florida State University coeds Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman
1978 Superbowl XII: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10 in N Orleans Superbowl MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE and Randy White, Dallas, DT
1977 Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"
1977 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament
1976 Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot President Ford
1976 US-German Helios B solar probe launched into solar orbit
1976 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1975 Portugal signs accord for Angola's independence
1975 Space Mountain opens at Disneyland
1974 "Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC
1974 24th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 134-123 at Seattle
1974 Expert panel reports 18 -m gap in Watergate tape, 5 separate erasures
1973 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
1973 Gene Shalit joins Today Show panel
1973 Pope Paul VI has an audience with Golda Meir at Vatican
1973 President Nixon suspends all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam
1972 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels
1971 "Ari" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 19 performances
1971 Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt
1971 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord"
1970 Milwaukee Brewers make their 1st trade (with Oakland A's)
1970 Republic Biafra disbands/joins Nigeria
1969 Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1969 Soyuz 5 launched by Soviet Union
1968 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, Texas (IND) begins broadcasting
1967 Superbowl I: Green Bay Packers beat Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10 in LA Superbowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, quarterback
1966 AFL Pro Bowl: All-Stars beats Buffalo 30-19
1966 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 36-7
1965 Rock group Who releases 1st album "I Can't Explain"
1965 Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan forms
1964 Baseball agrees to hold a free-agent draft in New York City
1964 Teamsters negotiate 1st national labor contract
1962 50th Australian Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats R Emerson (86 06 64 64)
1962 Dutch and Indonesian Navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea
1961 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 35-31
1961 Suggs wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational Open
1961 Supremes signed with Motown Records
1958 New York Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV
1957 Brooklyn Dodgers sign a new 3 year lease for Ebbets Field
1956 Bauer Marlene wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
1956 D Shostakovich appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia
1956 KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
1956 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 31-30
1955 1st official act of Princess Beatrice, launches tanker Vasum
1955 D Shostakovich' "From Jewish Folk Poetry," premieres in Leningrad
1955 U.S.S.R. ends state of war with German Federal Republic
1953 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes and crashes in Washington D.C. station
1953 GDR Minister of Foreign affairs Georg Dertingen arrested for "espionage"
1951 "Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000
1951 Supreme Court rule "clear and present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech and can be a cause for arrest
1950 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Washington D.C.
1949 Mao's Red army conquers Ten-tsin
1945 "Make Mine Manhattan" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 429 performances
1945 Every Amsterdammer gets 3 kg sugar beets
1945 Red Army frees Crakow-Plaszow concentration camp
1944 European Advisory Commission decides to divide Germany
1944 General Eisenhower arrives in England
1944 Vught Concentration Camp puts 74 women in 1 cell, 10 die
1943 1st transport of Jews from Amsterdam to concentration camp Vught
1943 World's largest office building, Pentagon, completed
1942 Cubs, drop plans to install lights at Wrigley due to WW II
1942 Franklin D. Roosevelt asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II
1940 German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch trade ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church)
1939 1st NFL pro bowl, New York Giants beat All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field
1939 Municipal Railway and Market St. RR begin service to Transbay Terminal
1936 1st all-glass windowless structure in U.S. completed, Toledo, Ohio
1936 Horace Stoneham elected president of New York Giants
1936 Non-profit Ford Foundation incorporates
1935 300 Dutch ice cream salesmen protest against Italian competition
1935 Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty," premieres in New York City
1934 8.4 earthquake in India/Nepal, 10,700 die
1934 Babe Ruth signs a 1934 contract for $35,000 ($17,000 cut)
1930 George Headley scores century on debut vs. England (made 176)
1925 Hans Luther forms German government, with DNVP
1924 3rd Dutch government Ruijs de Beerenbrouck forms
1922 Irish Free State forms; Michael Collins becomes 1st premier
1919 2 million gallons of molasses flood Boston MA, drowning 21
1919 Frank Wedekind's "Die letzten Tage der Menschheit," premieres
1919 Pianist and statesman Ignace Paderewski becomes 1st premier of Poland
1919 Semana Tragica (Tragic Week): Bloodbath in Buenos Aires
1919 W Collison and O Harbach's "Up in Mabel's Room," premieres in New York City
1915 Japan claims economic control of China
1915 Sydney, Kern and Smith's musical "Love o' Mike," premieres in New York City
1908 C Hill and R J Hartigan make 8th wkt partnership 243 for Australia
1907 3-element vacuum tube patented by Dr. Lee De Forest
1907 Gold dental inlays 1st described by Wm Taggart, who invented them
1905 Coen de Koning becomes world champion all-round skater
1900 SCNEC soccer team forms
1896 Henry Arthur Jones' "Michael and his Lost Angel," premieres in London
1895 Albert Trott takes 8-43 on Test debut, then a record
1895 French fleet reaches Majunga, Madagascar
1895 Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres, St. Petersburg
1892 Basketball rules published in Triangle Magazine, Mass
1886 Weekly Herald, 1st Vancouver, BC newspaper, publishes 1st issue
1882 1st U.S. ski club forms, Berlin, New Hampshire
1877 U.S. Assay Office in Helena, Montana opens
1870 Donkey 1st used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper's Weekly
1866 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Branibori vs. Cechach," premieres in Prague
1865 Ft. Fisher, North Carolina falls to Union troops
1863 1st U.S. newspaper printed on wood-pulp paper, Boston Morning Journal
1861 Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis
1857 1st first-class game in Sydney, NSW vs. Vic at The Domain
1851 GGeneralen Arista replaces Mexican President Herrera
1847 1st Swedish magazine in U.S., Skandinavia, published in New York City
1844 University of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana
1833 HMS Beagle anchors at Goeree Tierra del Fuego
1831 1st US-built locomotive to pull a passenger train makes 1st run
1831 1st U.S. railroad honeymoon trip, Mr. and Mrs. Pierson, Charleston, SC
1797 1st top hat worn (John Etherington of London)
1785 Mozarts string quartet opus 10 premieres
1780 Continental Congress establishes court of appeals
1777 People of New Connecticut, Vermont, declare independence from England
1762 Fraunces Tavern opens in New York City
1759 British Museum opens in Montague House, London
1754 Riot at burial of doelist Daniel Raap in Amsterdam
1752 Tobias Smollett publishes pamphlet accusing Fielding of plagiarism
1586 Battle at Boxum: Spanish troops under Tassis beat state army
1582 Russia cedes Livonia and Estonia to Poland, loses access to Baltic
1562 3rd sitting of Council of Trente opens
1552 France signs secret treaty with German Protestants
1535 Henry VIII declares himself head of English Church
1346 Emperor Louis IV of Bavaria gives his wife Margaretha, Holland/Zealand
946 Caliph al-Mustaqfi blinded/ousted
708 Sisinnius begins his reign as Pope (dies 20 days later)