On this day in history 15th January

Born on this day 15th January
1671 Abraham de la Pryme
1747 John Aikin
1850 Leonard Darwin
1905 Torin Thatcher
1906 Aristotle Onassis
1913 Loyd Bridges
1914 Hugh Trevor-Roper
1921 Frank Thornton
1926 Chuck Berry
1929 Martin Luther King
1933 Frank Bough
1937 Margaret O’Brien
1943 Margaret Beckett
1945 HRH Princess Michael of Kent
1947 Pete Waterman
1955 Nigel Benson
1957 Patrick Dixon
1959 Pete Trewavas
1972 Claudia Winkleman
1978 Ryan Sidebottom
1983 Jermaine Pennant


1967 The Rolling Stones sang ‘Lets Spend The Night Together’, singing instead ‘Lets spend Some Time Together’ on Ed Sullivan’s TV show in the US.

1972 Don McLean’s debut hit single ‘American Pie’ reached No.1 in the US.

1977 David Bowie’s album ‘Low’ was released.


1967 The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10

1978 Geoff Boycott became England cricket captain for the first time, taking over from the injured Mike Brearley.

1983 England beat New Zealand by four wickets in the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

1983 Liverpool beat West Bromwich Albion by 1 goal to nil, to retain their 10 points lead at the top oft he first division.

People & Showbiz

1981 The first episode of US police drama ‘Hill street Blues’ was broadcast in America.

1985 Bruce Forsyth married 25 yr old Wilnelia Merced, a former Miss World, at a ceremony in New York.

General Events

1559 Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London.

1759 The British Museum opens.

1968 20 people were killed as hurricane force winds struck Scotland.

1889 The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta.

1971 The half penny, one penny and two penny coins were issued in Britain.

1973 President Nixon called a halt to the US bombing in Vietnam.

1997 Manchester Airport was given the go-ahead for a second runway to be built. The 10,000 ft runway would create 50,000 new jobs and make the airport the country’s second largest.

2001 Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.

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