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This Day in History – January 15

1762—Fraunces Tavern opens in NYC.

1777—People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England.

1780—American Continental Congress establishes court of appeals.

1831—1st US railroad honeymoon trip, Mr. & Mrs. Person, Charleston, SC.

1844—University of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana.

1861—Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis.

1863—1st US newspaper printed on wood pulp paper, Boston Morning Journal.

1865—Ft. Fisher, NC, falls to Union troops.

1870—Donkey first used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper’s Weekly.

1889—The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.

1892—Basketball rules published in triangle Magazine, Mass.

1919—2 million gallons of molasses flood Boston, MA, drowning 21.

1934—Babe Ruth signs a 1934 contract for $34,000.

1942—Cubs drop plans to install lights as Wrigley due to WWII.

1943—World’s largest office building, Pentagon, completed.

1953—16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Washington, DC station.

1957—Brooklyn Dodgers sign a new 3 year lease for Ebbets Field.

1959—NY Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV.

1961—Supremes signed with Motown Records.

1969—Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean.

1973—President Nixon suspends all US offensive action in North Vietnam.

1975—Space Mountain opens (Disneyland)

1981—Bob Gibson elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

1989—“Ain’t Misbehavin” closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 176 performances.

1990—AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch.

1993—Soap opera “Santa Barbara’s” final show on NBC-TV.

1994—Lawrence Taylor announces his retirement from the NFL.

1998—NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again.

2009—US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing into the Hudson river shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York,City.  All passengers and crew members survive.

2011—Wikipedia, the free Internet encyclopedia turns 10 years old.

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