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 351 days left in 2024.

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 fun & interesting facts about January 15th in history!


What memorable events happened on January 15 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Hunga Tonga, a volcano in Tonga, erupted, which triggered tsunami warnings from the US and Chile to Japan and Australia.


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


A Chinese Long March rocket launched the Belarussian government’s Belintersat-1 satellite into orbit.

The Belintersat satellite was created on behalf of the Belarussian government by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation and Thales Alenia Space. Its function is as a geostationary telecommunications satellite providing broadband internet, satellite TV, and radio communications.


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

OTD in 2015: Taylor Caniff released his first-ever music video for his 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.

OTD in 2001: 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.


The world-famous Swan Lake ballet premiered in St. Petersburg at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre.


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

OTD in 1861: Inventor Elisha Otis acquired a patent for a steam engine for elevators.


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.

69 AD

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

Famous Births

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


Dove Cameron



Dove Cameron


28 years old

Born In:

Washington, USA


Martin Luther King Jr.



Martin Luther King Jr.

Died On:

Apr 4, 1968 (Age 39)

Born In:

Georgia, USA







43 years old

Born In:

Florida, USA







36 years old

Born In:

California, USA

Special Holidays

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

January 15: National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
United States

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Today is a special day to be able to feed your sweet tooth without guilt, so grab a spoon and dig in! National Strawberry Ice Cream Day gives special appreciation to one of the best tasting ice creams out there, so what are you waiting for?

January 15: National Hat Day
United States

National Hat Day

There’s no better way to add style to your outfit than with a trendy hat. Today is National Hat Day, and there’s no better way to participate than by trying on some new hats and seeing how your friends react!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

Flamingos pull one leg up to their body to save heat that could otherwise be lost standing in cold water.

Birthday & Zodiac

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.

Babies conceived on January 15, 2024, will be due later this year around October 8.

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