What Happened on November 15

Significant Events

  • 1492 Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco
  • 1884 Colonization of Africa organized at international conference in Berlin
  • 1948 Mackenzie King retires after 22 years as Prime Minister of Canada
  • 1969 An estimated 2 million people take part in the Vietnam War Moratorium demonstration across the United States
  • 1988 PLO proclaims State of Palestine, recognizes Israeli existence
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Did You Know?

Isaac Pitman introduces his shorthand system

On November 15, 1837

Famous Weddings

  • 1986 Golfer Byron Nelson (74) weds advertising copy writer Peggy Simmons (42)
  • 1997 TV host and actor William Shatner (66) weds former Ford model Nerine Kidd (38) in Pasadena, California
  • 2005 Emperor Akihito's daughter Princess Sayako (36) weds Yoshiki Kuroda (40) at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan

Famous Divorces

  • 2010 "Single White Female" actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (48) divorces writer Noah Baumbach (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage
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Would You Believe?

In Parliament Sir Anthony Blunt, art advisor to the Queen, exposed as 4th man in Soviet spy ring. He was then stripped of his knighthood and fellowship of Trinity College, Cambridge

On November 15, 1979