On This Day: What happened on 15 January?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 15 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


2019  | The British government of Theresa May faced a major government failure in modern times, when 432 lawmakers voted against the European Union’s withdrawal agreement, giving her opponents a majority of 230.

2016 | The Kenyan military faced one of the worst failures in its history of the Al-Shabaab Islamist insurgency in El-Adde, Somalia.  Around 150 soldiers were killed.

2015 | The Swiss National Bank dropped the value of the franc against the euro, causing turmoil in international financial markets on this day.

2009 | Less than two minutes after takeoff a US Airways Flight 1549 airliner ditched safely in the Hudson River after the plane crashed with birds.

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2008 | American actor, Brad Renfro, 26.

2014 | English actor, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Roger Lloyd-Pack, 70.

2002 | Dutch painter, Eugène Brands, 89.

1916 | Russian playwright and translator, Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 66.

849 | Byzantine emperor, Theophylact, 56.


1984 | American author, and commentator, Ben Shapiro.

1954 | Filipino poet, author, and screenwriter, Jose Dalisay, Jr.

1959 | British bass player and songwriter, Pete Trewavas.

1981 | German tennis player, Vanessa Henke.

1923 | Scottish pianist, songwriter, and poet, Ivor Cutler, died in 2006.


1959 | Liverpool’s Second Division was on the verge of a tragic end of the FA Cup, losing 2-1 away to Southern Leaguers, Worcester City on this day.


1981 | American rapper and singer, Armando Christian Pérez, known professionally as Pitbull, was born on this day in Miami, Florida.


Madagascar is the largest island in Africa, and fourth-largest island in the world, after Greenland, New Guinea, and Borneo, However Madagascar, is an island country lying off the southeast coast of Africa.

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