24 fun facts for January, 15

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
Throughout history, January 15th has seen significant events and celebrations around the world. From the opening of the British Museum in 1759 and the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. to the release of the first iPhone in 2007, January 15th is a day to remember and celebrate global achievements, holidays, and milestones.
24 Fun facts
  1. In 1759, the British Museum opened in London, England. The museum was dedicated to human history, art, and culture and has since become a popular tourist attraction with millions of visitors each year.
  2. On January 15, 1870, the first recorded game of rugby was played in New Zealand between Nelson College and Nelson Rugby Football Club.
  3. January 15th is National Hat Day in the United States, a day for hat enthusiasts to celebrate their love for headwear by wearing their favorite hats.
  4. In 1889, the Coca-Cola Company was formally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia, paving the way for its global success and recognition as a leading beverage brand.
  5. On January 15, 1919, the Great Molasses Flood occurred in Boston, Massachusetts, when a storage tank burst, releasing over two million gallons of molasses into the streets and causing 21 deaths and 150 injuries.
  6. January 15 is National Bagel Day in the United States, an unofficial holiday that celebrates the bagel, a popular bread product beloved by many Americans.
  7. In 1929, Martin Luther King Jr., a prominent Civil Rights leader in the United States, was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His birthday is celebrated as a national holiday each year on the third Monday in January.
  8. On January 15, 1943, the world's largest office building, the Pentagon, was dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
  9. January 15th is Korean Alphabet Day, a South Korean national holiday celebrating the invention of the Korean alphabet, or Hangul, by King Sejong the Great in 1443.
  10. In 1967, the first ever Super Bowl, then called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, took place between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs, with the Packers emerging as winners.
  11. On January 15, 1970, Nigeria's 30-month-long Civil War came to an end, preserving the unity of the West African nation.
  12. January 15th is World Logic Day, a UNESCO initiative to celebrate the importance of philosophical logic and reasoning in human life.
  13. In 1976, Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for attempting to assassinate US President Gerald Ford on September 22, 1975.
  14. On January 15, 2001, Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia created by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, was launched.
  15. January 15th is the official release date of the iPhone back in 2007, transforming the way people used mobile phones and making Apple a leading player in the smartphone industry.
  16. In 2009, US Airways Flight 1549, piloted by Chesley Sullenberger, successfully landed on the Hudson River after experiencing engine failure, saving all 155 passengers on board in what became known as the "Miracle on the Hudson."
  17. On January 15, 2012, 17-year-old Laura Dekker of the Netherlands became the youngest person to sail solo around the world.
  18. January 15th is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day in the United States, celebrating the delicious and classic ice cream flavor.
  19. In 2014, Norway experienced the country's first-ever fatal wolf attack on a human since the 19th century, highlighting the resurgence of the predator's population in the Scandinavian nation.
  20. On January 15, 2015, the European Space Agency's Philae lander discovered organic molecules on Comet 67P, providing potential insight into the origins of life on Earth.
  21. January 15th is Pongal, a popular South Indian harvest festival that pays tribute to the Sun God for a successful harvest season.
  22. In 2016, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus a global health emergency due to its rapid spread and potential association with birth defects.
  23. On January 15, 2020, the United States and China signed a “Phase One” trade agreement, marking a significant development in the ongoing trade war between the two nations.
  24. January 15th is India's Army Day, celebrated annually to honor the soldiers and officers of the Indian Army for their courage, valor, and dedication.