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1559 – England's Queen Elizabeth I (Elizabeth Tudor) was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

1624 – Many riots occurred in Mexico when it was announced that all churches were to be closed.

1777 – The people of New Connecticut (now the state of Vermont) declared their independence.

1844 – The University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.

1863 – 'The Boston Morning Journal' became the first paper in the U.S. to be published on wood pulp paper.

1870 – A cartoon by Thomas Nast titled 'A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion' appeared in 'Harper's Weekly.' The cartoon used the donkey to symbolize the Democratic Party for the first time.

1892 – 'Triangle' magazine in Springfield, MA, published the rules for a brand new game. The original rules involved attaching a peach baskets to a suspended board. It is now known as basketball.

1899 – Edwin Markham's poem, 'The Man With a Hoe,' was published for the first time.

1908 – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America's first Greekletter organization established by African-American college women.

1936 – The first, all glass, windowless building was completed in Toledo, OH. The building was the new home of the Owens-Illinois Glass Company Laboratory.

1943 – The Pentagon was dedicated as the world's largest office building just outside Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors.

1953 – Harry S Truman became the first U.S. President to use radio and television to give his farewell as he left office.

1955 – The first solar-heated, radiation-cooled house was built by Raymond Bliss in Tucson, AZ.

1967 – The first National Football League Super Bowl was played.

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. The final score was 35-10.

1973 – U.S. President Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam. He cited progress in peace negotiations as the reason.

1974 – 'Happy Days' premiered on ABC-TV.

1986 – President Reagan signed legislation making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday to be celebrated on the third Monday of January.

1987 – Paramount Home Video reported that it would place a commercial at the front of one of its video releases for the first time. It was a 30-second Diet Pepsi ad at the beginning of 'Top Gun.'

2001 – Wikipedia was launched.

2003 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Congress had permission to repeatedly extend copyright protection.

2006 – NASA's Stardust space probe mission was completed when it's sample return capsule returned to Earth with comet dust from comet Wild 2.

Born on January 15th:

Frederick Arthur Stanley 1841 – Gave Canada the Stanley Cup Pierre S. DuPont 1870 – Industrialist Edward Teller 1908 Physicist, Father of the hydrogen bomb Gene Krupa 1909 – Drummer, bandleader Lloyd Bridges 1913 Actor: ('Airplane!,' 'Airplane 2') Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929 – Pastor, leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement Andrea Martin 1947 – Actress Ronnie Van Zant 1949 – Singer, songwriter (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”

— 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (ESV)

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