updated 1/15/2007 12:02:02 AM ET 2007-01-15T05:02:02

Today is Monday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2007. There are 350 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Jan. 15, 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta.

On this date:

In 1559, England’s Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

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

In 1844, the University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.

In 1942, Jawaharlal Nehru was named to succeed Mohandas K. Gandhi as head of India’s National Congress Party.

In 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, now the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense.

In 1947, the mutilated remains of Elizabeth Short, the 22-year-old aspiring actress known as the “Black Dahlia,” were found in a vacant Los Angeles lot.

In 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first Super Bowl (although the matchup was then officially called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game).

In 1973, President Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.

In 1976, Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Ford in San Francisco.

In 1987, entertainer Ray Bolger, perhaps best known for playing the Scarecrow in the 1939 MGM musical “The Wizard of Oz,” died in Los Angeles at age 83.

Ten years ago: A bitterly divided Israeli Cabinet agreed to withdraw troops from most of Hebron and rural West Bank areas, approving an accord wrapped up hours earlier by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The crews of the shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir had a raucously joyful meeting, hours after their spacecraft had docked.

Five years ago: Attorney General John Ashcroft said that John Walker Lindh, the 20-year-old Californian who had fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, would be charged with conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and could face life in prison if convicted. (Lindh received a 20-year sentence after pleading guilty to supplying services to the Taliban and carrying explosives in commission of a felony.) Arthur Andersen LLP said it was firing senior auditor David B. Duncan, who had organized a “rushed disposal” of Enron documents after federal regulators requested information about the failing energy company. Former Chicago mayor and Illinois Supreme Court chief justice Michael Bilandic died at age 78.

One year ago: After a seven-year journey, a NASA space capsule, Stardust, returned safely to Earth with the first dust ever fetched from a comet. Michelle Bachelet was elected Chile’s first woman president. Kuwait’s longtime ruler, Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah, died; he was replaced by the crown prince, Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Margaret O’Brien is 70. Singer Don Van Vliet (aka “Captain Beefheart”) is 66. Actress Andrea Martin is 60. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 50. Actor James Nesbitt is 42. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 40. Actor Chad Lowe is 39. Actress Regina King is 36. Actor Eddie Cahill is 29. Rapper/reggaeton artist Pitbull is 26.

Thought for Today: “I refuse to accept the idea that the ’is-ness’ of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the ’ought-ness’ that forever confronts him.” — Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968).

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