15 January

January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 350 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about January 15th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 15th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
  • National Hat Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – January 15

2001: Wikipedia goes online

The online encyclopedia has since become the largest reference work on the internet.

1992: Croatia and Slovenia are internationally recognized as independent nations,

The Yugoslav federation effectively collapsed as a result.

1973: Nixon orders ceasefire in Vietnam

The fighting continued anyway until the capture of Saigon by the Vietnam People’s Army on April 30, 1975.

1892: The rules of Basketball are published

Canadian James Naismith invented the sport for his gym class at YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts.

1759: The British Museum opens

Its collection comprises 8 million items and it is one of the most comprehensive collections in the world.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, January 15

1965: James Nesbitt, Irish actor

1941: Captain Beefheart, American singer-songwriter

1929: Martin Luther King, Jr., American minster, activist, Nobel Prize laureate

1918: Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egyptian army officer, politician, 2nd President of Egypt

1622: Molière, French playwright, actor

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, January 15

1994: Harry Nilsson, American singer-songwriter, musician

1988: Seán MacBride, Irish politician, Nobel Prize laureate

1950: Henry H. Arnold, American general

1947: Elizabeth Short, American waitress, murder victim

1919: Rosa Luxemburg, Russian economist, philosopher

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