This day in history

Tuesday, Jan. 15, is the 15th day of 2013. There are 350 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Margaret O’Brien is 76. Actress Andrea Martin is 66. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 56. Rapper/reggaeton artist Pitbull is 32.

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


In 1777, the people of New Connecticut declared their independence. (The republic later became the state of Vermont.)

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In 1913, actor Lloyd Bridges was born in San Leandro, Calif.

In 1919, a large storage tank burst in the North End of Boston, sending a wave of molasses through the streets that killed 21 people and injured 150 others.

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

In 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the US Department of War.


In 1967, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in Super Bowl I.

In 1973, President Nixon announced the suspension of all US offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace talks.

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

In 2009, US Airways Captain Chesley ‘‘Sully’’ Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River; all 155 people aboard survived.

In 2012, at the Golden Globes, ‘‘The Artist’’ won best musical or comedy; ‘‘The Descendants’’ won best drama.