What Happened on October 15th

Historical Events

  • 1581 Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine", is staged in Paris
  • 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte arrives on island of St Helena to begin his exile
  • 1951 Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesized the first oral contraceptive
  • 1969 Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war
  • 1993 Nelson Mandela & South Africa president F W de Klerk awarded Nobel Peace Prize
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World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany.

On October 15, 1917

Famous Weddings

  • 1501 Heir to the English Prince Arthur marries Catherine of Aragon
  • 1913 Author Beatrix Potter (47) weds solicitor William Heelis at St Mary Abbots in Kensington, London
  • 1927 Writer Graham Greene (23) weds Vivien Dayrell-Browning at St. Mary's Church in Hampstead, North London
  • 1948 38th US President Gerald Ford (35) weds department store fashion consultant Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer Warren (30) at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Ford
  • 1963 Folk singer Mary Travers (26) weds photographer Barry Feinstein

Famous Divorces

  • 1993 Guardian Angel Lisa Evers Sliwa files for divorce from Curtis Sliwa
  • 1993 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (31) divorces Lisa Andrews after more than 8 years of marriage
  • 2002 Comedian Tom Green (30) divorces actress Drew Barrymore (26) due to irreconcilable differences after less than a year of marriage
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