Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Today in History....January 15

* 69, Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but only rules for three months before committing suicide

* 1759, the British Museum opens

* 1870, a political cartoon for the first time symbolizes the United States Democratic Party with a donkey ("A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion" by Thomas Nast for Harper's Weekly)

* 1885, Wilson Bentley takes the first photograph of a snowflake

* 1892, James Naismith publishes the rules for basketball

* 1936, the first building to be completely covered in glass is completed in Toledo, Ohio (the building was for the Owens-Illinois Glass

* 1943, the world's largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia

* 1967, in the first ever Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10.

* 1970, Muammar al-Qaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya

* 1973, during the Vietnam War: Citing progress in peace negotiations, President of the United States Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam

* 1976, President Gerald Ford's would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison

* 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

* 2003, Mickey Mouse and The Walt Disney Co. scored a big victory as the Supreme Court upheld longer copyright protections for cartoon characters, songs, books and other creations worth billions of dollars

* 2005, an intense solar flare blasts X rays across the solar system.
ALSO: 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


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