Advertisement

This Day in History: Jan 15

In 1981, the police drama series "Hill Street Blues" premiered on NBC.

1559: England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

Advertisement

1777: The people of New Connecticut declared their independence. (The republic later became the state of Vermont.)

1862: The U.S. Senate confirmed President Abraham Lincoln's choice of Edwin M. Stanton to be the new Secretary of War, replacing Simon Cameron.

1865: As the Civil War neared its end, Union forces captured Fort Fisher near Wilmington, North Carolina, depriving the Confederates of their last major seaport.

1943: Work was completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of War (now Defense).

1993: A historic disarmament ceremony ended in Paris with the last of 125 countries signing a treaty banning chemical weapons.

Advertisement
Advertisement