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    What happened on October 15

    • October 15, 1552 Khanate of Kazan is conquered by troops of Ivan Grozny.

    • October 15, 1582 "Many Catholic countries switch to Gregorian calendar, skip 10 days"

    • October 15, 1641 Paul de Chomedy de Maisonneuve claims Montreal

    • October 15, 1655 Jews of Lublin are massacred

    • October 15, 1764 "Edward Gibbon observes a group of friars singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome, which inspires him to begin work on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"

    • October 15, 1783 Jean PilŸtre de Rozier makes captive-balloon ascent

    • October 15, 1789 The first presidental tour-George Washington in New England

    • October 15, 1815 "Napoleon begins his exile on St. Helena, a remote Island in the Atlantic."

    • October 15, 1829 "Astronomer Asaph Hall born. Discovered the moons of Mars, Phobos & Deimos"

    • October 15, 1844 "Friedrich Nietzsche, Uebermensch born"

    • October 15, 1846 Dr William Thomas Green Morton 1st public use of ether

    • October 15, 1860 "11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Lincoln, tells him to grow a beard"

    • October 15, 1863 Cliff House opens in SF (1st of many on the site)

    • October 15, 1877 45th Congress (1877-79) convenes

    • October 15, 1878 Edison Electric Light Company incorporated

    • October 15, 1878 The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation.

    • October 15, 1880 "K?ln cathedral completed, 633 years after it begun"

    • October 15, 1880 "Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists."

    • October 15, 1881 "The first American fishing magazine, American Angler published"

    • October 15, 1883 "US Supreme Court Opposes Civil Rights by a narrow decision, which would forbid racial discrimination"

    • October 15, 1885 Hoss Radbourne pitches his 60th win of the season

    • October 15, 1888 "The ""From Hell"" letter sent by Jack the Ripper is received by the investigators."

    • October 15, 1890 Alabama Penny Savings Bank organizes in Birmingham

    • October 15, 1894 Alfred Dreyfus is arrested for spying - Dreyfus affair begins.

    • October 15, 1904 "The Russian Baltic Fleet leaves Reval, Estonia for Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War."

    • October 15, 1914 "ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) founded"

    • October 15, 1914 Clayton Antitrust Act passed

    • October 15, 1917 Mata Hari Dutch dancer/German spy executed by firing squad in Paris

    • October 15, 1917 "USS Cassin (DD-43) torpedoed by German submarine U-61 off coast of Ireland. In trying to save the ship, Gunner's Mate Osmond Kelly Ingram becomes first American sailor killed in World War I and later is awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism. He becomes the first enlisted man to have a ship named for him, in 1919."

    • October 15, 1917 "World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany."

    • October 15, 1919 14 horses begin 300-mile race from Vt to Mass for $1000 prize money

    • October 15, 1921 "Mario Puzo, novelist (The Godfather) born"

    • October 15, 1924 "Lee Iacocca, Chrysler magnate born"

    • October 15, 1928 "German dirigible ""Graf Zeppelin"" lands in Lakehurst, NJ"

    • October 15, 1928 "The airship, the Graf Zeppelin completed its first trans-Atlantic flight, landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, USA."

    • October 15, 1932 Tata Airlines (later to become Air India) makes its first flight.

    • October 15, 1934 "The Soviet Republic of China collapses when Chiang Kai-shek's National Revolutionary Army successfully encircle Ruijin, forcing the fleeing Communists to begin the Long March."

    • October 15, 1937 "Ernest Hemingway novel ""To Have & Have Not"" published"

    • October 15, 1939 LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC

    • October 15, 1939 The New York Municipal Airport (later renamed La Guardia Airport) is dedicated.

    • October 15, 1940 """The Great Dictator"", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released."

    • October 15, 1941 Jews caught outside the Polish Ghetto walls could be put to death

    • October 15, 1944 The Arrow Cross Party (very similar to Hitler's NSDAP (Nazi party)) takes over the power in Hungary.

    • October 15, 1945 French statesman Pierre Laval is executed for betraying his country to Nazis in World War Two.

    • October 15, 1945 "Pierre Laval former premier of Vichy France, executed"

    • October 15, 1945 World War II: The former premier of Vichy France Pierre Laval is shot by a firing squad for treason.

    • October 15, 1946 "Hermann Goering, founder of the Gestapo and chief of the German air force, committed suicide by poison"

    • October 15, 1946 Nuremberg Trials: Hermann Gring poisons himself the night before his execution.

    • October 15, 1948 "First women officers on active duty sworn in as commissioned officers in regular Navy under Women's Service Integration Act of June 1948 by Secretary of the Navy John L. Sullivan: CAPT Joy B. Hancock, USN; LCDR Winifred R. Quick, USN; LCDR Anne King, USN; LCDR Frances L. Willoughby, MC, USN; LT Ellen Ford, SC, USN; LT Doris Cranmore, MSC, USN; LTJG Doris A. Defenderfer, USN; and LTJG Betty Rae Tennant, USN."

    • October 15, 1949 Administration of territory of Manipur taken over by Indian govt

    • October 15, 1949 Billy Graham begins his ministry

    • October 15, 1949 Tripura accedes to the Indian union

    • October 15, 1951 """I Love Lucy"" debuts on CBS TV"

    • October 15, 1951 Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesized the first oral contraceptive

    • October 15, 1951 Television sitcom I Love Lucy premieres.

    • October 15, 1953 "British nuclear test Totem 1 detonated at Emu Field, South Australia."

    • October 15, 1953 The first televised weather report airs.

    • October 15, 1956 William J Brennan Jr appointed to the Supreme Court

    • October 15, 1957 "USS Lake Champlain reaches Valencia, Spain to assist in flood rescue work."

    • October 15, 1959 """Untouchables"" premieres"

    • October 15, 1960 USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) begins successful firing of four Polaris test vehicles under operational rather than test conditions. Tests are completed on 18 October.

    • October 15, 1962 Byron R White appointed to the Supreme Court

    • October 15, 1964 Craig Breedlove sets auto speed record of 846.97 kph

    • October 15, 1964 Kosygin & Brezhnev replace Soviet premier Nikita Krushchev

    • October 15, 1965 "U.S. Naval Support Activity Danang Vietnam, established."

    • October 15, 1965 Vietnam War: The National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam stages the first public burning of a draft card in the United States to result in arrest under a new law.

    • October 15, 1966 LBJ signs a bill creating Dept of Transportation

    • October 15, 1969 Bank of America World Headquarters (555 California) dedicated

    • October 15, 1969 Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war

    • October 15, 1969 Vietnam War: Hundreds of thousands of people take part in National Moratorium antiwar demonstrations across the United States.

    • October 15, 1970 Anwar Sadat becomes president of Egypt

    • October 15, 1970 "Collapse of Westgate Bridge, Melbourne kills 35 and injures 17"

    • October 15, 1970 Thirty-five construction workers are killed when a section of the new West Gate Bridge in Melbourne collapses.

    • October 15, 1971 "The start of the 2500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia."

    • October 15, 1976 "Ringo releases ""A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"""

    • October 15, 1976 The first debate of major-ticket VP nominees Mondale (D) vs Dole (R)

    • October 15, 1977 "Debbie Boone's ""You Light Up My Life,"" goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks"

    • October 15, 1979 "NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier"

    • October 15, 1979 "The first Monday Night Footbal game from NYC, Jets beat Vikings 14-7 (Shea Stad)"

    • October 15, 1981 "Professional cheerleader Krazy George Henderson leads what is thought to be the first audience wave in Oakland, California."

    • October 15, 1983 Black Hawks & Maple Leafs combine for fastest 5 goals (84 seconds)

    • October 15, 1983 US Marine sharpshooters kill 5 snipers at Beirut Intl Airport

    • October 15, 1985 "Shelley Taylor of Australia makes fastest swim ever around Manhattan Island, doing it in 6 hours 12 minutes 29 seconds"

    • October 15, 1985 Shuttle Columbia carries Spacelab into orbit

    • October 15, 1987 "Fiji's governor-general resigns, ending century of allegiance by the South Pacific island to British crown."

    • October 15, 1987 NFL Players Assn orders an end to the 24 day strike

    • October 15, 1987 The Great Storm of 1987 hits France and England.

    • October 15, 1988 Amnesty International's Global Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires

    • October 15, 1988 Number one hit on UK music charts - Whitney Houston - One Moment In Time

    • October 15, 1988 "With 2 outs in bottom of 9th, an injured Kirk Gibson hits dramatic 2 run HR to gives Dodgers a 5-4 win in 1st game of 85th World Series"

    • October 15, 1989 "Billy Graham is given the 1,900th star on Hollywood Blvd"

    • October 15, 1989 South African pres FW de Klerk frees Sisulu & 4 other political prisoners

    • October 15, 1989 Wayne Gretsky passes Gordie Howes as NHL's all time top scorer

    • October 15, 1990 Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and open up his nation.

    • October 15, 1991 Clarence Thomas is confirmed as Supreme Court Justice (52-48)

    • October 15, 1992 "In Russia, Andrei Chikatilo is found guilty of 53 serial murders."

    • October 15, 1997 The Cassini probe launches from Cape Canaveral on its way to Saturn.

    • October 15, 1997 "The Cyprus-registered Evoikos and an empty Thai supertanker Orapin Global collide in the Singapore strait, causing the worst oil spill in the country's history"

    • October 15, 1997 The first supersonic land speed record is set by Andy Green in ThrustSSC (United Kingdom).

    • October 15, 2001 NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io.

    • October 15, 2003 "China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission."

    • October 15, 2003 "The Staten Island Ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi collides with a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, killing 11 people and injuring 43."

    • October 15, 2005 Iraqi constitution ratification vote

    • October 15, 2005 "Riot in Toledo, Ohio breaks out during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi protest; over 100 are arrested."

    • October 15, 2007 Sir Menzies Campbell resigns effective immediately as Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the United Kingdom.

    • October 15, 2009 A further six people are sentenced to death over ethnic unrest in China's Xinjiang region in July.

    • October 15, 2009 A worldwide media circus surrounds an incident in which a six-year-old boy is alleged to be flying in a homemade hot-air balloon; the boy was later found safe at home.

    • October 15, 2009 At least 37 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Pakistani cities by militants.

    • October 15, 2009 Burma and Bangladesh send warships to a disputed area in the Bay of Bengal 50 nautical miles west of St. Martin's Island.

    • October 15, 2009 "Czech President V clav Klaus's disruption of the Treaty of Lisbon is deemed ""absurd, irresponsible and damaging to the country"" by his predecessor V clav Havel."

    • October 15, 2009 Finland becomes the first country in the world to declare Internet broadband access a legal right.

    • October 15, 2009 "Militants launch attacks on police in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, in Pakistan, killing 31 people after a week of violence in which more than 100 people died."

    • October 15, 2009 "Narges Kalhor, the daughter of a senior adviser to President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, applies for asylum in Germany."

    • October 15, 2009 "North Korea accuses South Korea of intruding into its territorial waters, further raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula."

    • October 15, 2009 Norwegian pop trio a-ha announce they are to split after 25 years together.

    • October 15, 2009 Palestinians have urged the UN to act to punish Israel for its offensive in the Gaza Strip last winter

    • October 15, 2009 President of Ireland Mary McAleese signs the Lisbon Treaty after returning from Luxembourg

    • October 15, 2009 "The International Criminal Court opens an investigation into the suppression of an opposition protest in Guinea, in which dozens of people were killed."

    • October 15, 2009 "The ruling party in Malaysia, the United Malays National Organisation, announces internal reforms after a series of defeats in local elections."

    • October 15, 2009 "The U.N. General Assembly elects Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria to the U.N. Security Council as non-veto-holding members."

    • October 15, 2009 Three of the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee initially argued against awarding U.S. President Barack Obama the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

    • October 15, 2009 "Ugandan MP David Bahati proposes creating a capital offence of ""aggravated homosexuality"" for gay sex with people under 18, disabled people or when the accused is HIV-positive."







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Visitors' Postings

    • October 15, 1941 Visitor posting - Leo B Outin is born

    • October 15, 1953 Visitor posting - Susan Elaine Penney-Coburn - USA

    • October 15, 1972 "Visitor posting - Bernard Evans Murphy born Sydney, N.S. - Canada"

    • October 15, 1984 "Visitor posting - Jacob and Scotty, cousins, were born 12 hrs and 20 min apart today. The world is richer for you both. - USA"

    • October 15, 1985 Visitor posting - CASEE WAS BORN THIS DAY AT 5:03 P.M - USA

    • October 15, 1985 "Visitor posting - Happy Birthday TOMMY BOND: ""And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world."" - USA"

    • October 15, 1985 Visitor posting - The day that Rowan Carr was born - and i will live forever - New Zealand

    • October 15, 1985 "Visitor posting - The Great Ricky was Born in Watts, CA, grew up to an amazing person!!! CLAP FOR HIM. - USA"

    • October 15, 1990 "Visitor posting - Sara N was born, in the queen Victoria hospital- Adelaide, South Australia"

    • October 15, 1994 Visitor posting - Anna Alegria was born - USA

    • October 15, 1994 Visitor posting - Laura and Sean Ellis are married - USA

    • October 15, 1996 Visitor posting - Emily C. Booth born - USA

    • October 15, 1996 Visitor posting - Leann Marie Crawley was born on October 15th 1996 My pet is a 23 pund cat named scruffy who has gigantic pupils - USA

    • October 15, 1997 Visitor posting - The wonderful Victoria Chinyere Ogbonnaya is born. USA

    • October 15, 1999 "Visitor posting - Oct 15, 1999 Emily Alyse Williamson, the most beautiful, loving and amazing little girl in the world was born."

    • October 15, 2006 Visitor posting - Ben and Brandie are married.

    • October 15, 2008 Visitor posting - Global handwashing day was observed for the first time(by kaha Mark Cyprian) - Nigeria

    • October 15, 2009 Visitor posting - Georgous baby Lewis Andrew Gerrie finally arrived into the world - United Kingdom



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