2021 January

January 15: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 15

January 15th is also known as Strawberry Ice Cream Day and Hat Day.

We’ve made it to the fifteenth day of the year – it may not feel like an achievement, but it really is! There are 350 days left until we reach the new year.

Were you born on January 15 or just want to learn some cool facts about what happened on this day? Take a peek at our top picks of the day’s happenings right here.

Did you know that on this day in 2001, the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, was launched? The website takes its name from the Hawaiian word “wiki”, meaning “quick”.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 15th in history!

What Happened On January 15 In History?


The World Economic Forum announced there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by as early as 2050.


Taylor Caniff released his first ever music video for the single “Cash on Me”.

OTD in 2015: Taylor Caniff released his first ever music video for the single "Cash on Me".
Taylor Caniff is a social media sensation across multiple platforms who became best known for his Vine channel, and appearing in the Netflix reality series "Chasing Cameron".

US Airways Flight 1549 landed on the Hudson River, NYC.

After colliding with a pack of Canada geese the aircraft lost all engine power. Pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles decided to make an emergency crash landing in the Hudson River. Everyone on board survived!

Wikipedia was launched.

The website's name comes from the Hawaiian word "wiki", which means "quick".

Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida.


The first Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles.

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.

Construction of The Pentagon was completed.

OTD in 1943: Construction of The Pentagon was completed.
The Pentagon is the head office for the United States Department of Defense and is the world's largest office building.

World famous Swan Lake ballet premiered in St. Petersburg at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre.


Inventor, Elisha Otis acquired patent for a steam engine for elevators.

OTD in 1861: Inventor

Queen Elizabeth I claimed the throne after her half-sister, Queen Mary I, died November 17, 1558.


King Henry VIII became the head of the Church of England.


Emperor Otho began his three-month reign after overthrowing the previous emperor.

January 15 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on this day all share the Capricorn star sign.

Capricorns are ambitious, determined and will consistently apply efforts to overcome any obstacles in their way.

For those of you born in January, you have the Garnet birthstone. This birthstone provides love and loyal friendships into people’s lives while also giving them good health.

If you were lucky enough to be born on this day, you were likely conceived around April 24th, the year before.

Is today is your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Martin Luther King! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

Famous People Born On January 15

Dove Cameron

Dove Cameron

American Actress
Birthday: January 15, 1996
Age: 25 years old
Born In: Washington, USA


American DJ
Birthday: January 15, 1988
Age: 33 years old
Born In: California, USA


American Rapper
Birthday: January 15, 1981
Age: 40 years old
Born In: Florida, USA
Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

American Minister
Birthday: January 15, 1929
Died On: Apr 4, 1968 (Age 39)
Born In: Georgia, USA

Did you know that on this day, January 15th 2001, the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, was launched?