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This Day in History: Jan. 15

This Day in History

1559: Queen Elizabeth I is crowned in England .
1759: The British Museum opens in London .
1895: The Tchaikovsky ballet Swan Lake premieres in St. Petersburg, Russia .
1970: Biafra, a short-lived secessionist state (1967-70) of the Ibo people in southeastern Nigeria , formally surrenders, ending the civil war.
1992: The independence of the former Yugoslav republics of Croatia and Slovakia is formally recognized by the European Community.
1997: Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat and Israeli Prime Min. Benjamin Netanyahu reach agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Hebron.
2005: A military jury sentences Army Reserve Spec. Charles Graner Jr. to 10 years in military prison for torturing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib, a prison west of Baghdad, Iraq .

Today's Birthdays

1622: Molière, French dramatist (Paris, France; died 1673)
1809: Pierre Joseph Proudhon, French anarchist writer and political theorist (Besançon, France; died 1865)
1899: Goodman Ace, TV/radio personality and humorist (Kansas City, MO; died 1982)
1908: Edward Teller, physicist (Budapest, Hungary)
1909: Gene Krupa, drummer/bandleader (Chicago, IL; died 1973)
1912: Michel Debre, French premier (Paris, France; died 1996)
1914: Hugh Trevor-Roper, historian (Glanton, England; died 2003)
1915: Alan Lomax, ethnomusicologist who helped preserve folk-music traditions in the U.S. and elsewhere (Austin, TX; died 2002)
1918: Gamel Abdel Nasser, Egyptian president (Egypt; died 1970)
1929: Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leader (Atlanta, GA; died 1968)
1937: Margaret O'Brien, actress (San Diego, CA)
1947: Andrea Martin, actress (Portland, ME)
1951: Charo, singer/actress (Murcia, Spain)
1957: Mario Van Peebles, actor (Mexico City, Mexico)
1958: Julian Sands, actor (Yorkshire, England)
1968: Chad Lowe, actor (Dayton, OH)

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