About January 15

January 15, 2024 is the 15th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 351 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Capricorn is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 26 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 15

  • 588 BC
    Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah’s reign. The siege lasts until July 23, 586 BC.
  • 1759
    The British Museum opens.
  • 1777
    American Revolutionary War: New Connecticut (present day Vermont) declares its independence.
  • 1815
    War of 1812: American frigate USS President, commanded by Commodore Stephen Decatur, is captured by a squadron of four British frigates.
  • 1822
    Greek War of Independence: Demetrius Ypsilanti is elected president of the legislative assembly.
  • 1844
    University of Notre Dame receives its charter from the state of Indiana.
  • 1892
    James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball.
  • 1919
    Boston Molasses Disaster: A large molasses tank in Boston, bursts and a wave of molasses rushes through the streets, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.
  • 1919
    Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps.
  • 1936
    The first building to be completely covered in glass, built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, is completed in Toledo, Ohio.
  • 1943
    The world’s largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
  • 1970
    Muammar al-Qaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya.
  • 1976
    Gerald Ford’s would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison.
  • 1986
    The Living Seas opens at EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World, Florida.
  • 1991
    Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Queen of Australia, signs letters patent allowing Australia to become the first Commonwealth Realm to institute its own separate Victoria Cross award in its own honours system.
  • 1991
    The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm.
  • 2001
    Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
  • 2005
    ESA’s SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
  • 2007
    Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former Iraqi intelligence chief and half-brother of Saddam Hussein, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court, are executed by hanging in Iraq.
  • 2009
    US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing in the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survive.

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