This day in history

Today is Friday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2016. There are 351 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Andrea Martin is 69. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 59. NFL quarterback Drew Brees is 37. Rapper artist Pitbull is 35.

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.)

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

In 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon.

In 1967, the NFL’s Green Bay Packers defeated the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, known retroactively as Super Bowl I.


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

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

In 2001, Wikipedia, a web-based encyclopedia, debuted.

In 2009, US Airways Captain Chesley ‘‘Sully’’ Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after a flock of birds disabled both engines; all 155 people aboard survived.

Last year , protesters affiliated with the group Black Lives Matter formed human and concrete barriers across Interstate 93 at rush-hour in Milton and Medford (29 were arrested).