Today in history

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Today is Saturday, January 15th, the 15th day of the year 2022. There are 350 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On January 15, 2009, US Airways Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger grounded his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after a flock of birds knocked out both engines; All 155 people on board survived.

On this date:

In 1862, the US Senate confirmed President Abraham Lincoln’s election of Edwin M. Stanton as the new Secretary of War, replacing Simon Cameron.

In 1892, the original basketball rules, developed by James Naismith, were first published in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the game originated.

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

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

In 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, retrospectively known as Super Bowl I.

In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon announced the suspension of all US offensive actions in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.


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

In 1981, the police drama series Hill Street Blues premiered on NBC.

A historic disarmament ceremony ended in Paris in 1993 when the last of 125 countries signed a chemical weapons treaty.

In 2001, Wikipedia, a web-based encyclopedia, made its debut.

In 2014, a highly critical and bipartisan Senate report stated that the deadly attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012 could have been prevented; The report allocated blame to the State Department, the military, and the US Secret Service.

In 2020, Chinese officials said they couldn’t rule out the possibility that a new coronavirus could spread between people in central China, although they said the risk of transmission appeared low. House Democrat leaders carried articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in a formal procession to the Senate through the US Capitol.

Ten years ago: At a conference in Beirut on democracy in the Arab world, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to stop killing his own people and spoke of the “old order” of one-man Rule and family dynasties were over in the Middle East. At the Golden Globes, “The Artist” won Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, while “The Descendants” won Best Drama; On the TV side, Homeland won Best Drama Series, while Modern Family won Best Musical or Comedy Series.

Five years ago: In his last interview as President, Barack Obama told CBS’ 60 Minutes that the growth in Israeli settlements had “become so significant” that it was hampering the possibility of an “effective, contiguous Palestinian state.”

A year ago: The global death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 2 million; Johns Hopkins University announced the milestone amid a monumental but uneven effort to vaccinate people against the coronavirus. Federal watchdogs launched a comprehensive review of how the FBI, Pentagon and other law enforcement agencies responded to the US Capitol riots. The Pentagon said it had met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 2,500, a reduction that appears to violate a last-minute congressional ban on troop withdrawals. The National Rifle Association announced that it had filed for bankruptcy protection and would seek to incorporate in Texas rather than New York, where a state lawsuit was attempting to put the organization out of business.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Margaret O’Brien is 84. Actress Andrea Martin is 75. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy White is 69. Actor and director Mario Van Peebles is 65. Rock musician Adam Jones (Tool) is 57. Actor James Nesbitt is 57. Actor Chad Lowe is 54. Alt-country singer Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy) is 52. Actor Regina King is 51. Actor Dorian Missick is 46. Actor Eddie Cahill is 44. Former NFL quarterback Drew Brees is 43. Rapper/reggaeton artist Pitbull is 41. Actor Victor Rasuk is 37. Actress Jessy Schram is 36. Electronic dance musician Skrillex is 34. Actress/singer Dove Cameron is 26. The Singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal (TV: America’s Got Talent) is 18.

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