January 15th

2009
After allegedly striking a flock of geese, US Airways Flight 1549, en route from La Guardia Airport, New York City, to Charlotte, N.C., is forced to land in the Hudson River. All 150 passengers and 5 crew members survived. The pilot, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, was hailed as the "Hero of the Hudson" for his quick thinking and deft landing of the plane.
Talk:US Airways Flight 1549/Archive 1
2005
A military court sentenced Army Specialist Charles Graner Jr. to 10 years behind bars for physically and sexually mistreating Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison.
Charles Graner
2004
The NASA Spirit rover rolled onto the surface of Mars.
Spirit (rover)
2001
Wikipedia goes online. The online encyclopedia has since become the largest reference work on the internet.
Wikipedia
1992
The European Community recognized Croatia and Slovenia as separate states, effectively ending the Yugoslav federation, founded in 1918.
Yugoslavia
1978
Serial killer Ted Bundy murdered two students in a sorority house at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Wikipedia:CHECKWIKI/WPC 064 dump
1973
Nixon orders ceasefire in Vietnam. The fighting continued anyway until the capture of Saigon by the Vietnam People's Army on April 30, 1975.
Paris Peace Accords
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 Super Bowl.
Super Bowl I
1965
The Who's first single, 'I Can't Explain,' was released.
I Can't Explain
1947
The mutilated remains of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, who came to be known as the 'Black Dahlia,' were found in a vacant Los Angeles lot. her slaying remains unsolved.
Black Dahlia
1943
The world's largest office building, the Pentagon, was completed.
The Pentagon
1895
Tchaikovsky's ballet 'Swan Lake' premieres, St Petersburg (1/27 NS).
1892
The rules of Basketball are published. Canadian James Naismith invented the sport for his gym class at YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1892 in basketball
1870
The donkey was first used as symbol of the Democratic Party in Harper's Weekly.
Thomas Nast
1844
The University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.
University of Notre Dame
1777
The Republic of New Connecticut declared its independence. Six months later it was renamed Vermont.
Province of New York
1759
The British Museum opens. Its collection comprises 8 million items and it is one of the most comprehensive collections in the world.
British Museum
1559
England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
1559
1535
Henry VIII declares himself head of the Church in England.
Henry VIII of England