TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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To­day is Wed­nes­day, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2020. There are 351 days left in the year.

ON THIS DATE IN HIS­TORY

On Jan. 15, 2009, US Air­ways Capt. Ch­es­ley “Sully” Sul­len­berger ditched his Air­bus 320 in the Hud­son River af­ter a flock of birds dis­abled both en­gines; all 155 peo­ple aboard sur­vived.

1559 — Eng­land’s Queen El­iz­a­beth I was crowned in West­min­ster Abbey.

1865 — As the Civil War neared its end, Union forces cap­tured Fort Fisher near Wilm­ing­ton, North Carolina, de­priv­ing the Con­fed­er­ates of their last ma­jor sea­port.

1892 — The orig­i­nal rules of bas­ket­ball, de­vised by James Nai­smith, were pub­lished for the first time in Spring­field, Mas­sachusetts, where the game orig­i­nated.

1919 — In Bos­ton, a tank con­tain­ing an es­ti­mated 2.3 mil­lion gal­lons of mo­lasses burst, send­ing the dark syrup cours­ing through the city’s North End, killing 21 peo­ple.

1929 — Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in At­lanta.

1943 — Work was com­pleted on the Pen­tagon, the head­quar­ters of the U.S. Depart­ment of War (now De­fense).

1967 — The Green Bay Packers of the Na­tional Foot­ball League de­feated the Kansas City Chiefs of the Amer­i­can Foot­ball League 35-10 in the first AFL-NFL World Cham­pi­onship Game, retroac­tively known as Su­per Bowl I.

1973 — Pres­i­dent Richard M. Nixon an­nounced the sus­pen­sion of all U.S. of­fen­sive ac­tion in North Viet­nam, cit­ing progress in peace ne­go­ti­a­tions.

1976 — Sara Jane Moore was sen­tenced to life in prison for her at­tempt on the life of Pres­i­dent Ger­ald R. Ford in San Fran­cisco. (Moore was re­leased on the last day of 2007.)

1987 — En­ter­tainer Ray Bol­ger, per­haps best known for play­ing the Scare­crow in the 1939 MGM mu­si­cal “The Wiz­ard of Oz,” died in Los An­ge­les at age 83.

1993 — A his­toric dis­ar­ma­ment cer­e­mony ended in Paris with the last of 125 coun­tries sign­ing a treaty ban­ning chem­i­cal weapons.

2014 — A highly crit­i­cal and bi­par­ti­san Se­nate re­port de­clared that the deadly Sept. 2012 as­sault on the Amer­i­can diplo­matic com­pound in Beng­hazi, Libya, could have been pre­vented; the re­port spread blame among the State Depart­ment, the mil­i­tary and U.S. in­tel­li­gence.

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