January 15

1559

Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

1759

The British Museum opened.

1777

The Republic of New Connecticut declared its independence. Six months later it was renamed Vermont.

1870

The donkey was first used as symbol of the Democratic Party in Harper's Weekly.

1943

The world's largest office building, the Pentagon, was completed.

1967

The first Super Bowl was played: Green Bay Packers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10.

1973

President Nixon orders halt to offensive operations in North Vietnam.

1992

The European Community recognized Croatia and Slovenia as separate states, effectively ending the Yugoslav federation, founded in 1918.

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.

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