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This Day In History: Jan. 15

Today is the 15th day of 2008 and the 25th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1759, the British Museum opened to the public. In 1920, prohibition went into effect in the United States. In 1930, Amelia Earhart reached a speed of 171 mph in a Lockheed Vega, setting an aviation record for women. In 2006, Michelle Bachelet became the first woman elected president of Chile.

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; Mario Van Peebles (1957- ), actor/director, is 51; Kari Mattila (1959- ), opera singer, is 49.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1942, U.S President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent a letter to the commissioner of Major League Baseball that gave the "green light" to play during World War II.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

TODAY'S FACT: The Volstead Act, passed by Congress to enforce the 18th (Prohibition) Amendment, made concessions for medicinal, sacramental, and industrial liquors, as well as for fruit and grape beverages prepared for personal use in homes.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 44 - number of years Queen Elizabeth I of England reigned after being officially crowned on this day in 1559.

TODAY'S MOON: First quarter (January 15).

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