On Jan. 15, 1981, the police drama series “Hill Street Blues” premiered on NBC. (Baltimore Sun files)
Jan. 15, 1559: England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
Jan. 15, 1943: Work was completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of War (now Defense).
Jan. 16, 1920: Prohibition began in the United States as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect, one year to the day after its ratification. (It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.)
Jan. 16, 1978: NASA named 35 candidates to fly on the space shuttle, including Sally K. Ride, who became America's first woman in space, and...