spotlight Today in history: Jan. 15 Jan 15, 2020 Jan 15, 2020 0 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1892: James Naismith In 1892, the original rules of basketball, devised by James Naismith, were published for the first time in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the game originated. STF 1919: The Great Molasses Flood In 1919, in Boston, a tank containing an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses burst, sending the dark syrup coursing through the city's North End, killing 21 people. STR 1929: Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1943: Pentagon In 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of War (now Defense). Anonymous 1967: Super Bowl I In 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, retroactively known as Super Bowl I. AP 1973: Vietnam peace negotiations In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations. Anonymous 1976: Sara Jane Moore In 1976, Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald R. Ford in San Francisco. (Moore was released on the last day of 2007.) Anonymous 2009: Plane in Hudson River On Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after a flock of birds disabled both engines; all 155 people aboard survived. Louis Lanzano 2010: Gilbert Arenas Ten years ago: Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty to carrying a pistol without a license in the District of Columbia, a felony. (Arenas was later sentenced to a month in a halfway house and suspended until the end of the season by the NBA.) Ann Heisenfelt 2010: Haiti Earthquake Ten years ago: United Nations humanitarian chief John Holmes appealed for more than $560 million to help 3 million victims of the earthquake in Haiti, calling it "a huge and a horrifying catastrophe." Mary Altaffer 2014: Benghazi report In 2014, a highly critical and bipartisan Senate report declared that the deadly Sept. 2012 assault on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented; the report spread blame among the State Department, the military and U.S. intelligence. Mohammad Hannon 2015: Belgium Anti Terror Raid Five years ago: Police in Belgium conducted raids across the country, killing two suspected Islamist militants. Frank Augstein 2015: Oklahoma Execution Five years ago: In its first lethal injection since a botched one the previous spring, Oklahoma executed a convicted killer with a three-drug method. Sue Ogrocki 2015: Pope Francis Five years ago: Pope Francis arrived in the Philippines, Asia's most populous Catholic nation, where ecstatic crowds awaited the first papal visit in 20 years. POOL 2019: Carol Channing One year ago: Musical comedy star Carol Channing -- best known to Broadway audiences for her role in “Hello, Dolly!” -- died in California at the age of 97. Leslie Priest 2019: Kirsten Gillibrand One year ago: New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand entered the growing field of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, telling “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS that she was launching an exploratory committee. Craig Ruttle 2019: Nairobi hotel attack One year ago: Extremists launched an attack on a luxury hotel complex in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi; the attack took the lives of 20 civilians, one police officer and five attackers from the group al-Shabab, based in neighboring Somalia. Khalil Senosi 2019: William Barr One year ago: At a Senate confirmation hearing, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be attorney general, William Barr, said he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, and that the special counsel investigation was not a witch hunt. J. 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