Today is the 15th day of 2021 and the 26th day of winter.
In 1759, the British Museum opened to the public.
In 1844, the University of Notre Dame received its official charter from the state of Indiana.
In 1892, Dr. James Naismith published his original 13 rules of “basket ball” in the Springfield College school newspaper.
In 1943, the Pentagon was dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
In 2009, a US Airways flight made an emergency landing in the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Edward Teller (1908-2003), physicist; Gene Krupa (1909-1973), jazz drummer; Lloyd Bridges (1913-1998), actor; Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918-1970), Egyptian president; Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), civil rights leader; Ronnie Van Zant (1948-1977), singer-songwriter; Mario Van Peebles (1957-), actor/director; Bernard Hopkins (1965-), boxer; Regina King (1971-), actress; Drew Brees (1979-), football player; Pitbull (1981-), rapper; Skrillex (1988-), musician.
TODAY’S FACT: The Pentagon is the world’s largest office building by floor area, with 3.7 million square feet of dedicated office space.
TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1967, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the first Super Bowl.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always right to do right.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
TODAY’S NUMBER: 6.2 million — articles on the English Wikipedia.org, launched on this day in 2001. The site currently averages about 600 new articles per day.
TODAY’S MOON: Between new moon (Jan. 12) and first quarter moon (Jan 20).