Today in History

  • Saturday, January 15, 2011 12:01am
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Today is Saturday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2011. There are 350 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight:

On Jan. 15, 1961, a U.S. Air Force radar tower off the New Jersey coast collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean during a severe storm, killing all 28 men aboard.

On this date:

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

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

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

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

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

Ten years ago: President-elect George W. Bush marked the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at an elementary school in Houston, where he promised black Americans: “My job will be to listen not only to the successful, but also to the suffering.” Wikipedia, a web-based encyclopedia, made its debut.

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