Today in History - January 15th

  • 1777 - Today in history, the people of New Connecticut (now Vermont) declared their independence. 
  • 1844 - The University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana. 
  • 1863 - On this day in history, "The Boston Morning Journal" became the first paper in the United States to be published on wood pulp paper. 
  • 1870 - A cartoon by Thomas Nast titled "A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion" appeared in "Harper's Weekly," to symbolize the Democratic Party for the first time. 
  • 1908 - Today in history, Alpha Kappa Alpha became America's first Greek-letter organization established by African-American college women. 
  • 1913 - The first telephone line between Berlin and New York was inaugurated. 
  • 1936 - On this day in history, the first, all-glass, windowless building was completed in Toledo, OH.
  • 1943 - The Pentagon was dedicated as the world's largest office building just outside Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA.
  • 1953 - Today in history, Harry S Truman became the first U.S. President to use radio and television to give his farewell speech. 
  • 1973 - President Nixon announced the suspension of all US offensive action in North Vietnam.
  • 1986 - On this day in history, President Reagan signed legislation making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday. 
  • 2003 - The Supreme Court ruled that the United States Congress had permission to repeatedly extend copyright protection.

SPORTS - Today in History, January 15th

  • 1892 - Today in history, "Triangle" magazine in Springfield, MA, published the rules for a brand-new game, which involved attaching a peach basket to a suspended board (basketball).
  • 1906 - Willie Hoppe won the billiard championship of the world in France. 
  • 1967 - On this day in history, the first NFL Super Bowl was played.

SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 15th

  • 1955 - The first solar-heated, radiation-cooled house was built in Tucson, AZ. 

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 15th

  • 1961 - Today in history, Motown Records signed The Supremes. 
  • 1964 - Vee Jay records filed a lawsuit against Capitol and Swan Records over rights to Beatles' recordings. 
  • 1967 - On this day in history, The Rolling Stones performed on TV's "Ed Sullivan Show" and were forced to change their lyrics of "Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together." 
  • 1972 - Elvis Presley drew the largest audience for a single TV show when he presented a live concert from Honolulu, HI.
  • 1973 - Today in history, The Rolling Stones announced that they would put on a benefit concert for the people of Nicaragua -- the home of Mick Jagger's wife. The area had been devastated by an earthquake.
  • 1991 - Sean Lennon's remake of his father's "Give Peace a Chance" was released to coincide with the United Nation's midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait.
  • 2008 - On this day in history, the iTunes Music Store reached 4 billion songs sold.


  • Jean Baptiste Moliere 1622 
  • Lloyd Bridges 1913 
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929
  • Mario Van Peebles 1957
  • Pitbull 1981