TODAY IN HISTORY
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.