TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

On Jan. 15, 1892, the orig­i­nal rules of bas­ket­ball, de­vised by James Nai­smith, were pub­lished in Spring­field, Mas­sachusetts.

In 1919, in Bos­ton, a tank con­tain­ing an es­ti­mated 2.3 mil­lion gal­lons of mo­lasses burst, send­ing the dark syrup through the city and killing 21 peo­ple.

In 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in At­lanta.

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

In 1976, Sara Jane Moore was sen­tenced to life in prison for her at­tempt on the life of Pres­i­dent Ger­ald R. Ford in San Fran­cisco.

In 1987, en­ter­tainer Ray Bol­ger, per­haps best known for play­ing the Scare­crow in “The Wiz­ard of Oz,” died at age 83.

In 1993, a his­toric dis­ar­ma­ment cer­e­mony ended in Paris with the last of 125 coun­tries ban­ning chem­i­cal weapons.

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