What Happened in 2015 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 497

  • Jun 30 Hercules transporter plane crashes minutes after take-off in Medan, Indonesia killing 116
  • Jun 30 A man self-immolates aboard a Nozomi Shinkansen train & kills one other passenger in Japan
  • Jul 1 Greek Credit Crisis: Greece becomes 1st developed country to default on debt to the International Monetary Fund (1.7 billion)

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Jul 1 Misty Copeland becomes the 1st African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland
  • Jul 1 US and Cuba announce agreement to re-open embassies and establish full diplomatic ties
  • Jul 2 BP agrees to compensate US government & gulf states $18.7 billion for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
  • Jul 2 62 people are killed after the Kim Nirvana ferry capsizes off the coast of the Philippines
  • Jul 4 Matt "Megatoad" Stonie, in an upset, defeats 8x hot dog eating champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at Nathan's Famous, Coney Island with 62 hot dogs
  • Jul 4 Unesco grants World Heritage Status to vineyards in Champagne, France along with Singapore's Botanical Gardens, Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey) and Maymand Caves (Iran)
  • Jul 4 US golfer Bubba Watson announces he will paint over Confederate flag on Dukes of Hazard car General Lee
  • Jul 4 20th Super Rugby Championship: Otago Highlanders beat Wellington Hurricanes 21-14
  • Jul 4 Chile win football's Copa America for the first time
  • Jul 5 7th Womens' Football World Cup: USA defeat Japan 5-2 in Vancouver

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Jul 6 Floyd Mayweather Jr. is stripped of his WBO welterweight boxing title after failing to pay his $200,000 & vacate his light middleweight title

  • Jul 8 The New York Stock Exchange stops trading for nearly four hours due to a technical error
  • Jul 8 The NFL's Washington Redskins have their trademark vacated on the grounds it may cause offence to native Americans
  • Jul 9 48th San Diego Comic-Con begins (till 12th) - includes preview of new Star Wars film by J.J. Abrams
  • Jul 10 The Confederate flag is taken down for the last time from South Carolina Capitol grounds 1 day after the state legislature ordered it removed.
  • Jul 10 23 people are killed & 50 are injured in a stampede at a free clothing drive in Mymensingh, Bangladesh

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Jul 11 Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán escapes from Altiplano maximum-security prison west of Mexico City via a specially constructed 1.5 km tunnel from his cell to a nearby house

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 11 122nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Garbine Muguruza (6-4 6-4)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

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Jul 12 129th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković beats Roger Federer (7-6 6-7 6-4 6-3)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jul 13 Greek Credit Crisis: Eurozone agrees conditional deal to lend €86bn over 3 years if Greece passes reforms.
  • Jul 13 Sandra Bland is found dead in Waller County jail, Texas after spending weekend in jail after a traffic offence. Her family disputes her supposed suicide

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Jul 14 Harper Lee's 2nd novel "Go Set A Watchman", an early 1957 version of "To Kill A Mocking Bird" goes on sale in 70 countries

Author Harper Lee
Harper Lee
  • Jul 14 Scientists from the Large Hadron Collider announce the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark
  • Jul 14 Arms deal agreed between 6 world powers and Iran limiting Iranian nuclear arms but ending sanctions
  • Jul 14 86th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
  • Jul 16 Scientists reveal 1st close-up pictures of Pluto, sent by the New Horizons probe
  • Jul 16 Shootings in Chattanooga at a US military recruitment centre and a naval reserve training center kill 5 and injure others
  • Jul 17 Suicide bomber in Khan Bani Saad, Iraq, kills 120, ISIS claims responsibilty
  • Jul 17 Scientists solve mystery of sleeping sickness in two villages in northern Kazakhstan - uranium mining had caused increase in carbon monoxide

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Jul 17 Marvel's "Ant-Man", starring Paul Rudd as the titular character, is released

Actor Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd
  • Jul 18 "The Sun" newspaper in Britain controversially publishes old picture and video of Queen Elizabeth giving Nazi salute in 1933
  • Jul 18 PayPal is spun off from eBay as a separate publicly traded company on the NASDAQ
  • Jul 19 World Health Organization puts world's Ebola death toll at 11,284
  • Jul 20 Suicide bomber kills 30 in Turkish town of Suruc near Syrian border
  • Jul 20 144th British Golf Open: American Zach Johnson wins in a four-hole play-off (-1) at St Andrews
  • Jul 20 Hacker group the Impact Team annouce they have hacked married dating site Ashley Madison
  • Jul 21 HistoryOrb.com becomes OnThisDay.com
  • Jul 22 'Oldest' Qur'an fragments discovered in collection of Birmingham University, radiocarbon testing dates to AD568 - AD645
  • Jul 23 NASA's Kepler mission announces discovery of the most Earth-like planet yet - Kepler-452b, 1,400 light years from Earth

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Jul 23 Supreme Court rejects Bill Cosby's petition against a civil case of his alleged sexual of 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1974

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

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Jul 24 US President Barack Obama begins an historic 2 day visit to Kenya

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Jul 25 UCI BMX Supercross series: Niek Kimmann & Stefany Hernandez win the world title
  • Jul 26 102nd Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain
  • Jul 27 Fiat Chrysler fined record $105 million by Us regulators over their number of car recalls
  • Jul 27 The Shanghai Composite Index drops 8.5% in one day
  • Jul 29 Over 3,500 immigrants over 2 days attempt to enter the Channel Tunnel at Calais, to cross into Britian
  • Jul 29 Mohammed Omar, mullah and Taliban leader is confirmed dead (killed 2013) by the Afghan government
  • Jul 29 Part of missing airline MH370 is found on the island of Reunion
  • Jul 29 Microsoft launches Windows 10
  • Jul 29 Zion Harvey became the first paediatric patient to receive a double hand transplant at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Jul 29 27 people are killed & 149 are injured after a truck runs into a religious procession in Zacatecas, Mexico
  • Jul 30 In Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, the temperature reaches 46C (109F), humidity makes it feel like 73C

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Jul 31 It is announced that creative director Alexander Wang will leave Balenciaga

Fashion Designer Alexander Wang
Fashion Designer
Alexander Wang
  • Aug 3 US President Obama unveils his Clean Power Plan to cut greenhouse gases
  • Aug 3 The Athens Stock Exchange re-opens after a month & falls by 22%
  • Aug 4 A plague of locusts in Southern Russia prompts a state of emergency to be declared

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Aug 4 Robert Downey Jr. named the world's highest paid actor by Forbes Magazine (earning $80 mil). 4 non-Hollywood actors make the top 10.

  • Aug 4 Muppets Missy Piggy and Kermit the Frog announce the end to their relationship on Twitter
  • Aug 4 31 people are killed & 100 are injured after floods partially sweep two passenger trains off a bridge in Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Aug 5 Torrential rains and flooding leave at least 178 people dead in India, in the wake of Cyclone Komen
  • Aug 5 Fishing boat carrying around 600 migrants sinks of the coast of Libya, 373 rescued
  • Aug 6 Eqyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurates the Suez Canal Expansion at a ceremony in Ismaïlia
  • Aug 6 World's largest ever Pinball tournament Pinburgh with 700 machines held in Pittsburgh
  • Aug 6 Republican Presidental nomination race begins with debate between 7 lesser ranked candidates in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 6 Comedian Jon Stewart hosts "The Daily Show" for the last time

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Aug 7 US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump says in a CNN interview that news anchor Mergyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”

Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Aug 9 At Ferguson anniversary of the shooting of unarmed Michael Brown, a man is shot and a state of emergency declared
  • Aug 10 Google announces its restructure as Alphabet, a holding company with Google, YouTube, Android and Chrome as subsidiaries
  • Aug 11 Spain's top matador Francisco “Paquirri” Rivera Ordóñez is gored and injured by a bull in Huesca
  • Aug 11 Greek Debt crisis: European Commission announces a bailout with Greece and its creditors has been agreed "in principle"
  • Aug 11 Largest ever outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York - 12 dead, with over 100 cases in the South Bronx
  • Aug 11 Japan's Sendai Nuclear Power Plant restarts the first nuclear reactor since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
  • Aug 12 In London archaeologists discover a mass grave of 30 bodies from the 1665 plague
  • Aug 12 Large series of explosions in Tianjin, China leave at least 50 dead and 700 injured in an industrial accident
  • Aug 12 China cuts its currency the yuan for the 2nd day in a row to boast exports

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Aug 12 Former US President Jimmy Carter reveals that he has cancer

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

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Aug 13 Swedish Prosecutors announce they are dropping allegations against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of sexual molestation and coercion

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange

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Aug 13 US Government formally returns to France Picasso's painting La Coiffeuse, stolen from Paris' National Museum of Modern Art in 2001

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
  • Aug 13 76 people are killed & 212 are wounded by an ISIL truck bomb in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Aug 14 Most extensive face transplant surgery ever performed on Patrick Hardison by Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez at New York University Langone Medical Center
  • Aug 15 North Korea creates its own time zone -moving its clocks back half an hour to GMT+8.5
  • Aug 16 'Batman' samaritan Lenny B. Robinson is killed in a car accident in Maryland
  • Aug 16 97th PGA Championship: Jason Day wins setting major championship record of 20-under-par at Whistling Straits in Kohler
  • Aug 17 Bomb blast in Bangkok at Erawan Shrine kills at least 19, injures over 100
  • Aug 17 2012 Olympic 1500m champion from Turkey Asli Cakir Alptekin is stripped of her gold medal for doping by the IAAF
  • Aug 17 World's first flower could be underwater plant Montsechia Vidalii claim US botanists (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
  • Aug 17 Discovery of 7,000 year old mass grave in Schöneck-Kilianstädten, Central Germany, published in PNAS Journal. 26 bodies bear evidence of violent conflict
  • Aug 19 US Food and Drug administration approves Female Viagra libido pill Addyi
  • Aug 20 30 students at West Point Military Academy are injured in a mass pillow fight
  • Aug 21 Terrorist attack on train between Amsterdam and Paris thwarted by 4 passengers overpowering gunman
  • Aug 21 Oldest "message in a bottle" - more than 108 years after put in sea by UK Marine Biological Association announced found on beach in Amrum, Germany
  • Aug 21 1st British unmanned drone hit on UK citizen outside a conflict - ISIS fighter Reyaad Khan in Raqqa, Syria
  • Aug 21 European Refugee Crisis: Germany makes it easier for Syrian refugees to claim asylum by suspending their Dublin Regulations
  • Aug 22 15th World Championships in Athletics open at Beijing, China
  • Aug 22 A vintage Hawker Hunter plane crashes onto the A27 dual carriageway road during the Shoreham airshow in Britain killing at least 11
  • Aug 23 English Indycar driver Justin Wilson suffers a head injury during a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 23 Destruction by IS of the 1st century AD temple of Baalshamin in ancient ruins of Palmyra confirmed by Syrian officials

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 357

  • Aug 3 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), dies at 96
  • Aug 3 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), dies at 98
  • Aug 3 Coleen Gray, American Actress (The Killing), dies at 92
  • Aug 5 George Cole, English actor (Minder), dies at 90

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Aug 6 Louise Suggs, American golfer (US Women's Open 1949, 1952) and co-founder of LPGA, dies at 91

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Aug 7 Frances Oldham Kelsey, Canadian-American FDA Director (stopped thalidomide use in the US), dies at 101
  • Aug 9 Frank Gifford, American NFL player and broadcaster, dies at 84
  • Aug 9 David Nobbs, English comedic writer (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 80
  • Aug 10 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, dies at 74
  • Aug 15 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), dies at 75
  • Aug 15 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), dies at 71
  • Aug 16 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Aug 17 Yvonne Craig, American actress (Batgirl), dies at 78
  • Aug 18 Bud Yorkin, American producer and director (All in the Family, 1959, 1960 Emmy), dies at 89
  • Aug 18 Louis Stokes, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1969-99 ), dies at 90
  • Aug 18 Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 20 Egon Bahr, German journalist and politician (Ostpolitik policy), dies at 93
  • Aug 20 Melody Patterson, American actress (F Troop) dies at 66
  • Aug 21 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach and father of Chris Evert, dies at 91
  • Aug 21 Anna Kashfi [Joan O'Callaghan], Welsh actress and 1st wife of Marlon Barando, dies at 80
  • Aug 21 Bob Hepple, South African-born academic and Nelson Mandela's lawyer, dies at 81
  • Aug 22 Arthur Morris, Australian cricketer (great lefty opening batsman), dies at 93
  • Aug 22 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, dies at 88
  • Aug 23 Jean Darling, American child actress (Our Gang), dies at 93
  • Aug 24 Justin Wilson, English Indycar driver, dies as a result of on track accident at 37
  • Aug 25 Frank E. Petersen Jr, American soldier and 1st African American Marine aviator & General, dies at 83
  • Aug 25 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spinner (1947-58) who averaged 64.08, dies at 90
  • Aug 26 P J [Patrick Joeseph] Kavanagh, English poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), dies at 84
  • Aug 27 Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), dies at 58
  • Aug 28 Al Arbour, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 82
  • Aug 29 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You), dies at 75
  • Aug 30 Oliver Sacks, English Neurologist and author (Awakenings), dies at 82
  • Aug 30 Wes Craven, American filmmaker (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), dies at 76
  • Aug 30 Brad Anderson, American cartoonist (Marmaduke), dies at 91
  • Aug 31 Colin Hope, British Industrialist (Turner and Newall), dies at 83
  • Sep 1 Dean Jones, American actor (Company, The Love Bug), dies at 84
  • Sep 2 Alan Kurdi, 3 year old Syrian refugee drowns off the coast of Turkey, his death and photograph prompt international reaction
  • Sep 2 Donny Conn, American musician (The Playmates), dies at 85
  • Sep 3 Adrian Cadbury, British confectionery manufacturer (Cadbury) and author of report on Corporate Governance, dies at 86
  • Sep 3 Judy Carne, English Comedienne and Actress (Laugh-In), dies at 76
  • Sep 4 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), dies at 80
  • Sep 5 [Frederick] Dennis Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na), dies from cancer at 66
  • Sep 5 Patricia Canning Todd, American tennis player, dies at 93
  • Sep 5 Setsuko Hara, Japanese Actress (Tokyo Story), dies at 95
  • Sep 6 Martin Milner, American actor (Route 66, Adam 12), dies at 83
  • Sep 7 Dickie Moore, American actor (Oliver Twist, Little Men), dies at 89
  • Sep 8 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican professional baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), dies at 62
  • Sep 10 Franco Interlenghi, Italian actor (I Vitelloni), dies at 83
  • Sep 12 Max Beauvoir, Haiti Voodoo Chief priest, dies at 79
  • Sep 13 Gary Richrath, American guitarist and songwriter (REO Speedwagon), dies at 65
  • Sep 13 Moses Malone, American NBA center "Chairman of the Boards"( Philadelphia 76ers), dies at 60
  • Sep 13 Brian Close, English cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976), dies at 84
  • Sep 14 Fred DeLuca, American co-founder of the Subway chain, dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 17 David Willcocks, English conductor and composer (Kings College choir), dies at 95
  • Sep 19 Jackie Collins, British-American author (The Stud, Lucky), dies of cancer at 77
  • Sep 20 C. K. [Charles Kenneth] Williams, American poet and translator (Pulitzer prize 2000), dies at 78
  • Sep 20 Jack Larson, playwright and actor (Jimmy Olsen-Superman), dies at 87

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Sep 22 Yogi Berra [Lawrence Peter Berra], American baseball catcher, coach and manager (NY Yankees, Mets), dies at 90

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Sep 27 Frank Tyson, English cricketer ("Typhoon Tyson" pace bowler), dies at 85
  • Sep 27 John Guillermin, British film director (The Towering Inferno), dies at 89
  • Sep 28 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], American rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), dies at 76
  • Sep 29 Phil Woods, American Jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 1 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), dies at 100
  • Oct 2 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), dies at 86
  • Oct 3 Denis Healey, English politician (Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer), dies at 98
  • Oct 4 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), dies at 67
  • Oct 5 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), dies of cancer at 67
  • Oct 5 Chantal Akerman, Belgium film director (Akermania, Je Tu II Elle), dies at 65
  • Oct 6 Árpád Göncz, Hungarian politician, 1st post-communist President (1990-2000), dies at 93
  • Oct 6 Billy Joe Royal, American country and pop singer (Down in the Boondocks), dies at 73
  • Oct 6 Kevin Corcoran, American actor (Swiss Family Robinson, Babes in Toyland), dies at 66
  • Oct 6 Sandra Spuzich, American LPGA golfer, dies at 78
  • Oct 8 Paul Prudhomme, American cajun chef (K-Paul), dies at 75
  • Oct 8 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer/songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), dies at 64
  • Oct 8 Hugh Scully, British TV presenter (The Antiques Roadshow), dies at 72
  • Oct 9 Geoffrey Howe, British politician (Chancellor and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher), dies at 88
  • Oct 9 Gordon Honeycombe, British broadcaster/author, dies at 79
  • Oct 9 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), dies at 84
  • Oct 10 Hilla Becher (née Wobeser), German artist, worked collaboratively with husband Bernd Becher, dies at 81
  • Oct 11 Dean Chance, American baseball pitcher, dies at 74
  • Oct 12 Joan Leslie, American actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 90
  • Oct 12 George Mueller, NASA Systems Engineer (managed 1969 Moon landing), dies at 97
  • Oct 14 Mathieu Kérékou, Dictator and President of Benin (1973-91, 1996-2006), dies at 82
  • Oct 17 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), dies at 69
  • Oct 17 Danièle Delorme, [Gabrielle Girard], French actress (Pardon My Affair), dies at 89
  • Oct 20 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), dies at 74
  • Oct 20 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, dies at 89
  • Oct 21 Marty Ingels, American comedian (I'm Dickens He's Fenster), dies at 79
  • Oct 23 Jimmy [James] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), dies at 75
  • Oct 24 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish-American actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), dies at 95
  • Oct 25 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, dies of cancer at 71
  • Oct 30 Al Molinaro, American actor (Murray-Odd Couple, Al-Happy Days), dies at 96
  • Oct 30 Mel Daniels, American professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), dies at 71
  • Oct 31 Gus Savage, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1981- 93), dies at 90
  • Nov 1 Fred Thompson, US senator (R-Tenn)/actor (In the Line of Fire), dies at 73
  • Nov 2 Colin Welland, screenwriter (Chariots of Fire) and actor (Straw Dogs), dies at 81
  • Nov 3 Ahmed Chalabi, Iragi politician (supported US 2003 invasion), dies at 71
  • Nov 3 Tom [Thomas] Graveney, English cricket batsman, dies at 88
  • Nov 3 Howard Coble, American politician (Rep-R-NC, 1985-2015), dies at 84
  • Nov 4 Melissa Mathison, American screenwriter (E.T.), dies of cancer at 65