January 15 in History

The “Miracle on the Hudson,” in which the crew of a US Airways passenger jet, Flight 1549, safely glided the plane to a water landing in the Hudson River after it lost power from its engines after striking geese during takeoff, took place seven years ago today. All passengers and crew survived.

The crash has since been memorialized in a film Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood, and the airplane itself is now on exhibit at the Carolinas Aviation Museum.

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Happy Days, the beloved sitcom, debuted on ABC 43 years ago tonight. A total of 255 episodes aired over the next decade.

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The mutilated remains of a young Massachusetts woman, Elizabeth Short, were found in Leimert Park in Los Angeles, California, 70 years ago today. Her body had been arranged by her assailant as if she was a model in a pose. The murder is still an unsolved one, but it lives on with the nickname the newspaper headline writers of the day gave it: The “Black Dahlia” Case.

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Super Bowl I was played 50 years ago today at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35–10.

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Ray Bolger died 30 years ago today. Dee Murray died 25 years ago today. Harry Nilsson died on this date in 1994. “I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City”:

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this date in 1929. Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) was born on this date in 1941.

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Ernest J. Gaines is 84 today. Andrea Martin is 70 today. Mario Van Peebles is 60 today. Lisa Velez (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 51 today. “Lost in Emotion”:

Pitbull is 36 today. “Give Me Everything”:

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One comment

  1. rogershipp · January 15, 2017

    Happy Days was the reason for having a television,,, back in the day.


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