This day in history

Today is Monday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2018. There are 350 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.

Birthdays: Actress Margaret O’Brien is 80. Actress Andrea Martin is 71. Football Hall of Famer Randy White is 65. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 61. NFL quarterback Drew Brees is 39. Rapper Pitbull is 37.

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


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

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In 1892, the original rules of basketball, devised by James Naismith, were published for the first time in Springfield, where the game originated.

In 1919, a tank holding millions of gallons of molasses gave way in Boston’s North End, creating a flood that killed 21.

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

In 1961, an Air Force radar tower off New Jersey collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean during a severe storm, killing all 28 men aboard.


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, retroactively known as Super Bowl I.

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

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

In 2008, Republican Mitt Romney scored his first major presidential primary victory in his native Michigan.

In 2013, New York state enacted the nation’s toughest gun restrictions and the first since the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, including an expanded assault-weapon ban and background checks for buying ammunition.


Last year, in his final interview as president, Barack Obama told CBS’s ‘‘60 Minutes’’ that the increase of Israeli settlements had ‘‘gotten so substantial’’ it was inhibiting the possibility of an ‘‘effective, contiguous Palestinian state.’’