Today in History
January 15
1624Riots flare in Mexico when it is announced that all churches are to be closed.
1811In a secret session, Congress plans to annex Spanish East Florida.
1865Union troops capture Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
1913The first telephone line between Berlin and New York is inaugurated.
1919Peasants in Central Russia rise against the Bolsheviks.
1920The Dry Law goes into effect in the United States. Selling liquor and beer becomes illegal.
1920The United States approves a $150 million loan to Poland, Austria and Armenia to aid in their war with the Russian communists.
1927The Dumbarton Bridge opens in San Francisco carrying the first auto traffic across the bay.
1929The U.S. Senate ratifies the Kellogg-Briand anti-war pact.
1930 Amelia Earhart sets an aviation record for women at 171 mph in a Lockheed Vega.
1936In London, Japan quits all naval disarmament talks after being denied equality.
1944 The U.S. Fifth Army successfully breaks the German Winter Line in Italy with the capture of Mount Trocchio.
1949Chinese Communists occupy Tientsin after a 27-hour battle with Nationalist forces.
1965Sir Winston Churchill suffers a severe stroke.
1967Some 462 Yale faculty members call for an end to the bombing in North Vietnam.
1973Four of six remaining Watergate defendants plead guilty.

Born on January 15
1622Moliere [Jean Baptiste Poquelin], French comic dramatist best remembered for his play La Tartuffe.
1716Philip Livingston, signatory to the Declaration of Independence.
1823Mathew Brady, Civil War photographer.
1906 Aristotle Onassis, Greek tycoon.
1908Edward Teller, Hungarian-born U.S. physicist known as the "Father of the H-bomb."
1929Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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