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Births for January 15


  • 1432 Afonso of Africa, king of Portugal
  • 1622 Molire, France, dramatist (Tartuffe, Les Misanthrope) (baptized)
  • 1709 Nicolas van de Veken, Flemish sculptor
  • 1715 Georg C Wagenzeil, Austria (court)composer/pianist
  • 1716 Philip Livingston, merchant (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • 1779 Jean Coralli, Paris, ballet producer/choreographer
  • 1791 Franz Gillparzer, Austrian tragic dramatist (Golden Fleece)
  • 1793 Ferdinand G Waldmller, Austrian painter
  • 1798 Thomas Croker, Irish antiquary, collector of songs & legends
  • 1809 Cornelia Connelly, Phila, founder (Society of the Holy Child Jesus)
  • 1809 Pierre Joseph Proudhon, France, politician (libertarian socialist)
  • 1812 Peter C Asbjírnsen, Norwegian fairy tale collector
  • 1813 James Marion Sims, SC, surgeon/gynecologist (vesicovaginal operation)
  • 1815 Henry Morris Naglee, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1886
  • 1817 Lewis Golding Arnold, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1871
  • 1821 Lafayette McLaws, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1897
  • 1826 Mikhail Saltykov, Spas-Ugol Russia, satirist (Family of Noblemen)
  • 1841 Lord Frederick Stanley, presenter of hockey's Stanley Cup
  • 1845 Ella Flagg Young, 1st woman pres (National Educational Association)
  • 1850 Sofya Kovalevskaya, Russia, mathematician (or 1919)
  • 1858 Giovanni Segantini, Italy, painter
  • 1863 Adolph Goldschmidt, German historian
  • 1863 Wilhelm Marx, premier (Prussia)
  • 1866 Nathan S”derblom, Lutheran archbishop, internationalist (Nobel '30)
  • 1877 Lewis M Terman, Ind, psychologist (developed Stanford-Binet IQ test)
  • 1891 Osip Mandelstam, Warsaw, Russian poet (Noise of Time)
  • 1893 D Ivor D Novello, British composer/writer (Truth Game)
  • 1894 Edmond Rubbens, Belgian attorney/minister of colonization
  • 1899 Goodman Ace, radio/TV actor/columnist/humorist (Better of Goodman)
  • 1900 C‚sar (Caesar) Domela, painter (Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis)
  • 1900 William Heinesen, F„ro‰s Island, writer (Noatun)
  • 1902 Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd al-Rahman al-Faisal al-Saoed, king (Saudi Arabia)
  • 1906 Aristotle Onassis, Greece, rich shipping magnate
  • 1908 Edward Teller, Budapest Hungary, fathered H-bomb (Manhattan Project)
  • 1909 Elie Siegmeister, NYC, composer (Plough & the Stars)
  • 1909 Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman, drummer (Sing Sing Sing)
  • 1911 Cy Feuer, NYC, Bdwy producer (Feuer & Martin-Chorus Line)
  • 1911 Wim Kan, cabaretier
  • 1912 Michel J-P Debr‚, premier of France (1959-62)
  • 1913 Lloyd Bridges, San Leandro Calif, actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane)
  • 1918 Andreas M Donner, reich leader
  • 1918 Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt (1954-1971)
  • 1920 John J "Cardinal" O'Connor, Phila, Roman Catholic Archbishop of NY
  • 1923 Lee Teng-hui, president of ROC (Taiwan), head of KMT (1988- )
  • 1925 Ruth Slenczynska, Sacramento, California, pianist
  • 1926 Maria Schell, Vienna Austria, actress (Space 1999)
  • 1929 "Queen Ida" Guillory, Ziadaco music
  • 1929 Martin Luther King Jr, Atlanta, dreamer (Nobel 1964)
  • 1931 Thomas Hoving, NYC, news correspondent (20/20)
  • 1932 Dean Smith, US actor/relay runner (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1932 Louis Woodard Jones, New Rochelle NY, 4X400m relayer (Oly-gold-56)
  • 1935 Malcolm Frager, St Louis, Missouri, pianist
  • 1935 Robert Silverberg, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Regan's Planet)
  • 1937 Margaret O'Brien, San Diego, actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis)
  • 1941 Captain Beefheart, (Don Van Vilet), rocker (Bongo Fury, Shiny Beast)
  • 1945 Michael, (Marie-Christine von Reibnitz), Bohemia, Princess of Kent
  • 1947 Pete Waterman, rocker (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block)
  • 1948 Dini Petty, Canadian talk show host (CITY-TV)
  • 1948 Tommy Nolan, Montreal Canada, actor (Jody-Buckskin)
  • 1951 Charo, Murcia Spain, actress/singer (Chico & the Man, Love Boat)
  • 1953 Randy White, NFLer (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1956 Vera Sosulya, USSR, toboggan (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1957 Mario Van Peebles, Mexico, actor (South Bronx Heroes)
  • 1959 Pete Trewavas, rock bassist (Marillion-Real to Reel)
  • 1963 Erling Kagge, Norway, explorer (South Pole)
  • 1964 Jack Teagarden, US, trombonist/actor
  • 1965 Derek B, rocker (Bullet from a Gun)
  • 1967 Lisa Lisa, (Velez), rock vocalist (& Cult Jam)
  • 1968 Chad Lowe, Dayton Ohio, actor (Spencer, Apprentice to Murder)
  • 1971 Regina King, LA Calif, actress (Brenda-227)
  • 1972 Ernie Reyes Jr, San Jose Calif, actor (Ernie-Sidekicks)


Passings for January 15


  • 69 Galba, Roman emperor (68-69), killed by Praetorian guard in Rome
  • 1705 Walraad, the Young, earl of Nassau-Ottweiler/gov of Nijmegen, dies
  • 1896 Matthew Brady, photographer, dies
  • 1919 Karl Liebknecht, Marxist revolutionary, murdered
  • 1919 Rosa Luxemburg, Marxist revolutionary, murdered
  • 1934 Hermann Bahr, Austrian writer (Tie Konzert), dies
  • 1942 Melvin Winfield Sheppard, runner (Olympic-gold-08, 12), dies at 58
  • 1949 Black Dahlia, murder victim found in LA (basis of the movie)
  • 1955 Yves Tanguy, French/Americans sailor/surrealistic painter, dies
  • 1978 Margaret Bowman & Janet Levy, Chi Omega, FSU, killed by Ten Bundy
  • 1981 Emanuel Celler, (Rep-D-NY, 1923-73), dies at 92
  • 1982 Red Smith, sportscaster (Pulitzer, Fight Talk), dies at 76
  • 1983 Meyer Lansky, reputed mobster, dies in Miami Beach, Fla, at 81
  • 1983 Shepperd Strudwick, actor, dies of cancer at 75
  • 1986 James H "Jim" Crowley, US football player (Notre Dame), dies at 83
  • 1987 Dolores Hawkins, singer (Guy Mitchell Show), dies at 58
  • 1987 Ray Bolger, actor/dancer (Wizard of Oz), dies at 82
  • 1988 Sean MacBride, Ireland, commander of Irish Republican Army, dies at 8
  • 1993 Huub H Jacobse, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (VVD), dies
  • 1993 Sammy Cahn, (Cohen), US songwriter (Bei mir bist du sch”n), dies at 7


Special events for January 15


  • 708 Sisinnius begins his reign as Pope (dies 20 days later)
  • 1535 Henry VIII declares himself head of English Church
  • 1582 Russia cedes Livonia & Estonia to Poland, loses access to the Baltic
  • 1680 French explorer Sieur de la Salle builds Ft Crvecoeur
  • 1752 Tobias Smollett publishes pamphlet accusing Fielding of plagiarism
  • 1759 British Museum opens
  • 1762 Fraunces Tavern opens in NYC
  • 1777 People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England
  • 1847 1st Swedish magazine in US, Skandinavia, published in NYC
  • 1851 Gen Arista replaces Mexican Pres Herrera
  • 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 1st used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper's Weekly
  • 1877 US Assay Office in Helena, Montana opens
  • 1882 1st US ski club formed, Berlin, NH
  • 1886 Weekly Herald, 1st Vancouver, BC newspaper, publishes 1st issue
  • 1892 Basketball rules published in Triangle Magazine, Mass
  • 1895 Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premiers, St Petersburg (1/27 NS)
  • 1905 Coen de King becomes world champion all-round skater
  • 1906 A Kopff discovers asteroid #584 Semiramis
  • 1907 3-element vacuum tube patented by Dr Lee de Forest
  • 1907 Gold dental inlays 1st described by Wm Taggart, who invented them
  • 1915 Japan claims economic control of China
  • 1919 2 million gallons of molasses flood Boston MA, drowning 21
  • 1919 Pianist & statesman Ignace Paderewski becomes 1st premier of Poland
  • 1919 Semana tragedy: bloodbath in Buenos Aires
  • 1922 Irish Free State forms; Michael Collins becomes 1st premier
  • 1923 Lithuania seize & annex the country of Memel
  • 1925 Hans Luther forms German cabinet, with DNVP
  • 1936 1st all-glass windowless structure in US completed, Toledo, Ohio
  • 1936 Non-profit Ford Foundation incorporates
  • 1939 1st NFL pro bowl, NY Giants beat All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field
  • 1939 Municipal Railway & Market St RR begin service to Transbay Terminal
  • 1940 German U-Boot torpedoes the Eagle church
  • 1942 FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II
  • 1943 1,000 workers complete the air conditioning system for the Pentagon
  • 1943 Japanese driven off Guadalcanal
  • 1943 Vught Concentration Camp opens
  • 1943 World's largest office building, Pentagon, completed
  • 1944 European Advisory Commission decides to divide Germany
  • 1944 Vught Concentration Camp puts 74 women in 1 cell
  • 1945 Red army frees Crakow-Plaszow concentration camp
  • 1949 Mao's Red army conquers Ten-tsin
  • 1950 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Wash DC
  • 1951 "Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000
  • 1953 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Wash DC statio
  • 1953 DDR Min of Foreign affairs Georg Dertingen arrested for "espionage"
  • 1955 1st official act of Princess Beatrice, launches tanker Vasum
  • 1955 USSR ends state of war with German Federal Republic
  • 1956 KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 Dutch & Indonesian navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea
  • 1964 Teamsters negotiated the 1st national labor contract
  • 1965 Rock group Who releases 1st album "I Can't Explain"
  • 1967 Green Bay Packers beat KC Chiefs 35-10 in Super Bowl I (NBC & CBS)
  • 1968 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 Soyuz 5 launched by Soviet Union
  • 1971 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord"
  • 1972 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels
  • 1973 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
  • 1973 Gene Shalit joins the Today Show panel
  • 1973 Pope Paul VI has an audience with Golda Meir at Vatican
  • 1973 Pres Nixon suspensends all US offensive action in N Vietnam
  • 1974 "Happy Days" premiers on ABC
  • 1974 Expert panel reports 18«-m gap in Watergate tape, 5 separate erasures
  • 1975 Space Mountain opens (Disneyland)
  • 1976 Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot Pres Ford
  • 1976 US-German Helios B solar probe launched into solar orbit
  • 1978 Super Bowl XII-Dallas Cowboys-27, Denver Broncos-10
  • 1978 Theodore Bundy kills Fla State U coeds Lisa Levy & Margaret Bowman
  • 1981 "Hill Street Blues" premiers on NBC-TV
  • 1983 Hartford Whalers smallest crowd 4,812 (beat Devils) during blizzard
  • 1984 Hana Mandlikova ends Martina Navratilova's 54-match winning streak
  • 1985 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Ashbery
  • 1985 K Suzuki & T Urata discovers asteroid #3733
  • 1985 Tancredo Neves becomes 1st elected president of Brazil in 21 years
  • 1986 Living Seas opens (Disneyland)
  • 1990 42 year old George Foreman KOs George Cooney in 2 rounds
  • 1990 AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch
  • 1990 NY Knicks Trent Tucker scores with 1/10 sec, beats Bulls, 109-106
  • 1991 UN's deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait (they don't)
  • 1992 Supreme Court rules 5-3 that Josephy Doherty isn't entitled to asylum
  • 1993 7.5 earthquake strikes northern Japan, 2 die
  • 1993 Mafia leader Salvatore "Gambling pool" Riina arrested
  • 1993 Soap opera "Santa Barbara" final show on NBC TV
  • 1993 Top mafia leader Salvatore "Tot•" Riina arrested in Palermo


Songs for date January 15


  • 01/15/55 --- Melody Of Love (Four Aces)
  • 01/15/66 --- Barbara Ann (Beach Boys)
  • 01/15/66 --- Crying Time (Charles, Ray)
  • 01/15/66 --- My Love (Clark, Petula)
  • 01/15/72 --- Without You (Nilsson)
  • 01/15/77 --- Night Moves (Seger, Bob)
  • 01/15/83 --- Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (Culture Club)
  • 01/15/83 --- Pass The Dutchie (Musical Youth)
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