This week in history

Houston guard James Harden becomes first player to score 55-plus points in back-to-back NBA games since Wilt Chamberlain (1962) on Jan. 16, 2019. — PHOTO: AP

Jan. 14, 1979: President Jimmy Carter proposes Martin Luther King‘s birthday be a holiday.

Jan 15, 2001: Wikipedia a free Wiki or content encyclopedia is launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger.

Jan. 15, 2009: Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survive in what becomes known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

Jan. 16, 2006: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia’s new president. She becomes Africa’s first female elected head of state.

Jan. 16, 2019: Golden State guard Stephen Curry first player in NBA history to hit 8-plus three-point FGs in 3 consecutive games.

Jan. 16, 2019: Houston guard James Harden becomes first player to score 55-plus points in back-to-back NBA games since Wilt Chamberlain (1962).

Jan. 17, 1966: Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago.

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