(1559) Queen Elizabeth I crowned in England
Having succeeded her half-sister Mary to the throne the previous November, the 25-year-old Elizabeth is officially crowned queen. Once declared illegitimate, the daughter of the late King Henry VIII and his executed queen, Anne Boleyn, the Virgin Queen will reign 45 years.
(1759) Public invited to view national treasures
The doors open at Montagu House, a converted mansion, and the public explores thousands of curiosities, manuscripts, artworks, and antiquities. The collections of the British Museum belong to the nation, not the monarch nor a church, and they’ll grow to be among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.
(1967) The first Super Bowl is played in L.A.
Sixty million TV viewers tune in as the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs clash at Los Angeles’ Memorial Coliseum. Green Bay’s quarterback Bart Starr will guide the Packers to a 35-10 victory.
(2009) Captain “Sully” safely lands jetliner on Hudson River
US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese shortly after takeoff, and both engines fail. Captain Sullenberger quickly decides to land the jet on the Hudson River, saving the lives of everyone on board.