1870 Donkey 1st used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper's Weekly
1865 Fort Fisher, NC falls to Union troops
1940 German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch trade ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church)
1942 FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WWII
1942 Cubs, drop plans to install lights at Wrigley due to WWII
1943 Japanese driven off Guadalcanal
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
1945 Red Army frees Crakow-Plaszow concentration camp
1949 Mao's Red army conquers Ten-tsin
1955 USSR ends state of war with German Federal Republic
1973, President Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.
1919 2 million gallons of molasses "Tidal wave" Boston MA, drowning 21
1934 8.4 earthquake in India/Nepal, 10,700 die
1951 "Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000
1993 7.5 earthquake strikes northern Japan, 2 die
1935 300 Dutch ice cream salesmen protest against Italian competition
1559 England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
1994 Queen Elizabeth falls off her horse & breaks her left wrist
1777 the people of New Connecticut declared their independence. (The tiny republic later became the state of Vermont.)
1998 NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again
1844, the University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.
1942, Jawaharlal Nehru was named to succeed Mohandas K. Gandhi as head of India's Congress Party.
1983 Thom Syles keeps a life saver intact in his mouth for over 7 hours
1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense.
1947 The mutilated remains of Elizabeth Short, the 22-year-old aspiring actress now known as the "Black Dahlia," were found in a vacant Los Angeles lot.
1934 Babe Ruth signs a 1934 contract for $35,000 ($17,000 cut)
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.
1978 Two students at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman, were murdered in their sorority house. (Ted Bundy was later convicted of the crime, and executed.)
1992 Cleaning woman finds intimate photos of Sarah Ferguson with US man
1998 Henry Cisneros' ex-mistress, Linda Medlar Jones, pleaded to misleading federal authorities investigating the former U.S. housing secretary's payment of alleged hush money to her. (Jones served nearly 18 months in prison; she was later pardoned by President Clinton.) Labor Secretary Alexis Herman denied allegations that she had sold her influence in the White House. (Herman was cleared in 2000 by Independent Counsel Ralph I. Lancaster.)
2003 White House budget director Mitchell Daniels predicted federal deficits would balloon to the $200- to $300 billion range over the next two years.
1951 Supreme Court rule "clear & present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech & can be a cause for arrest
2003 Mickey Mouse and The Walt Disney Co. scored a big victory as the Supreme Court upheld longer copyright protections for cartoon characters, songs, books and other creations worth billions of dollars.
2008 The Iraqi government hanged two of Saddam Hussein's henchmen, including a half-brother (Barzan Ibrahim) who was accidentally decapitated by the noose.
1973 Gene Shalit joins the Today Show panel
1974 "Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC
1977 Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"
1981 "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV
1988 Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder makes remarks about black athletes
1993 Soap opera "Santa Barbara" final show on NBC TV
708 Sisinnius begins his reign as Catholic Pope (dies 20 days later)
1535 Henry VIII declares himself head of English Church
1754 Riot at burial of doelist Daniel Raap in Amsterdam
1797 1st top hat worn (John Etherington of London)
1831 1st US-built locomotive to pull a passenger train makes 1st run; Mr & Mrs Pierson of Charleston SC make 1st US railroad honeymoon trip
1863 1st US newspaper printed on wood-pulp paper, Boston Morning Journal
1936 1st all-glass windowless structure in US completed, Toledo, Ohio
1833 HMS Beagle anchors at Goeree Tierra del Fuego
1861 Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis
1907 3-element vacuum tube patented by Dr Lee de Forest
1907 Gold dental inlays 1st described by William Taggart, who invented them
1943 1st transport of Jews from Amsterdam to concentration camp Vught
1973 Pope Paul VI has an audience with Golda Meir at Vatican
1988 Arab uprising in Israel begins
1945 Every Amsterdammer gets 3 kg sugar beets
1950 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Washington DC
1961 Supremes signed with Motown Records
1965 Rock group The Who releases 1st album "I Can't Explain"
1964 Teamsters negotiate 1st national labor contract
1973 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
1974 Expert panel reports 18½-m gap in Watergate tape, 5 separate erasures
1976 Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot President Ford
1989 Big John Studd wins WWF's 1st Royal Rumble
Actress Margaret O'Brien is 71. Singer Don Van Vliet (aka "Captain Beefheart") is 67. Actress Andrea Martin is 61. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 51. Actor James Nesbitt is 43. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 41. Actor Chad Lowe is 40. Actress Regina King is 37. Actor Eddie Cahill is 30. Rapper/reggaeton artist Pitbull is 27.
1998 Amos "Junior" Wells blues harpist, dies at 63
January 15, the 15th day of 2008. There are 351 days remaining in the year.
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