Historical Events on October 15

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  • 533 Byzantine general Belisarius makes his formal entry into Carthage, having conquered it from the Vandals.

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1520 King Henry VIII of England orders bowling lanes at Whitehall

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1522 Emperor Karel I names Hernan Cortes governor of Mexico
  • 1552 Khanate of Kazan is conquered by troops of Ivan Grozny.
  • 1581 Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine" is staged in Paris
  • 1582 Many Catholic countries switch to Gregorian calendar, skip 10 days
  • 1598 Spanish general strategist Bernardino de Mendoza occupies fort Rhine
  • 1641 Paul de Chomedy de Maisonneuve claims Montreal
  • 1654 Prince Willem III appointed viceroy of Overijssel
  • 1655 Jews of Lublin are massacred
  • 1660 Asser Levy granted butcher's license (kosher meat) in New Amsterdam
  • 1705 English fleet under Lord Peterborough occupies Barcelona
  • 1724 Cornelis Steenoven is 1st archbishop of Old-Catholic church
  • 1756 Saxon army surrenders to Prussia

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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

Historian Edward Gibbon
Edward Gibbon
  • 1777 Mjr James Graves Simcoe appointed commandant of Queen's Rangers (Penn)
  • 1783 Jean Pilstre de Rozier makes 1st tethered balloon ascent
  • 1786 Earliest 32°F (0°C) recorded temp in NYC

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1789 1st presidental tour-George Washington in New England

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

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1815 Napoleon Bonaparte arrives on island of St Helena to begin his exile

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

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1827 Charles Darwin admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

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1842 Karl Marx becomes editor-in-chief of Rheinische Zeitung

Communist Philosopher Karl Marx
Communist Philosopher
Karl Marx
  • 1846 Dr William Thomas Green Morton 1st public use of ether
  • 1860 11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Lincoln, tells him to grow a beard
  • 1863 Cliff House opens in SF (1st of many on site)
  • 1864 Confederate troops occupy Glasgow, Missouri
  • 1866 Great fire in Quebec destroys 2,500 houses
  • 1874 Child labor law takes 12 year olds out of work force
  • 1877 45th Congress (1877-79) convenes
  • 1878 Edison Electric Light Company incorporated
  • 1880 Koln cathedral completed, 633 years after it begun
  • 1880 Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists.
  • 1881 1st American fishing magazine, American Angler published
  • 1883 Supreme Court declares Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional
  • 1885 Hoss Radbourne pitches his 60th win of season
  • 1889 Amsterdam Central Station officially opens
  • 1890 Alabama Penny Savings Bank organizes in Birmingham
  • 1894 Capt Alfred Dreyfus arrested accused of espionage in France
  • 1897 Aaron/Samuel Bloch carry 1st Mail Pouch
  • 1897 King Leopold II takes Belgian crown
  • 1899 Cincinnati closes season with 16-1 & 19-3 victories over Cleve Spiders
  • 1904 The Russians are driven back by the Japanese in the Battle of Shaho; both sides suffer high casualties: Japanese (16,000) and Russians (60,000)

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1905 Claude Debussy's "La Mer" premieres

Composer Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
  • 1905 Union workers at NVV rejects safety demands
  • 1912 Red Sox Tris Speaker's makes only world series unassisted double play, from the outfield
  • 1913 Train crash in Liverpool during "Black Week"
  • 1914 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) founded
  • 1914 Battle of Warsaw, begins (ends Oct 21)
  • 1914 Clayton Anti-trust Act passed (union & strike rights)
  • 1917 Chicago White Sox beat NY Giants, 4 games to 2 in 14th World Series


1917 Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany during WWI at Vincennes near Paris

Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy Mata Hari
Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Mata Hari
  • 1918 British Q-ship Cymric sinks British submarine J6
  • 1919 14 horses begin 300-mile race from Vt to Mass for $1000 prize money
  • 1923 NY Yankees 1st World Series win beating NY Giants, 4 games to 2

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1924 US President Calvin Coolidge declares Statue of Liberty a national monument

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Wash Senators, 4 games to 3 in 22nd World Series
  • 1925 Willem Landre's opera "Beatrice" premieres in The Hague
  • 1926 Austria government of Seipel, forms
  • 1926 Philip Barry's "White Wings!" premieres in NYC

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1928 German dirigible "Graf Zeppelin" lands in Lakehurst, NJ

Inventor and Zeppelin Commander Hugo Eckener
Inventor and Zeppelin Commander
Hugo Eckener

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1928 Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1932 Tata Airlines (later to become Air India) makes its first flight.
  • 1933 20th Amendment to the US Constitution goes into effect: Pres term begins in Jan not March
  • 1933 Philadelphia Eagles play 1st NFL game, lose to NY Giants 56-0
  • 1935 NHL's St Louis Eagles fold

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1937 Ernest Hemingway novel "To Have & Have Not" published

  • 1937 Rather than accept any trade offers, the Yanks release Tony Lazzeri
  • 1938 Robert Sherwoods "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" premieres in NYC
  • 1939 LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC
  • 1939 Yeshiva of Mir closes after 124 years
  • 1940 -16] Heavy German air raid on London, 400 killed
  • 1940 London's Waterloo Station bombed by Germans

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

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1941 1st mass deportation of German Jews to Eastern Europe
  • 1941 Hideki Tojo becomes Prime Minister of Imperial Japan
  • 1941 Jews caught outside Nazi Ghetto walls in occupied Poland could be put to death
  • 1942 German 6th Army occupies Tractorenfabriek, 3,000 Germans die
  • 1944 The Arrow Cross Party (very similar to Hitler's NSDAP (Nazi party)) takes over the power in Hungary.
  • 1945 Baseball Attendance hits record 10.28 million (Tigers 1.28 is highest)
  • 1946 Smallest World Series share since 1918 (Cards $3,748, Red Sox $2,140)
  • 1946 St Louis Cards beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 43rd World Series
  • 1946 Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series
  • 1948 China's Red army occupies Chinchov
  • 1949 Administration of territory of Manipur taken over by Indian government

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1949 Billy Graham begins his ministry

Evangelist Billy Graham
Billy Graham
  • 1949 Tripura accedes to Indian union
  • 1951 Egyptian parliament accept denounces Suez Canal Treaty
  • 1951 Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesizes the first oral contraceptive

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1951 "I Love Lucy", starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS

Actor Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz
Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
  • 1952 Arthur Laurent's "Time of the Cuckoo" premieres in NYC
  • 1953 John Patrick's "Teahouse of the August Moon" premieres in New York
  • 1953 KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WJNL (now WFAT) TV channel 19 in Johnstown, PA (IND) begins
  • 1954 Hurricane Hazel makes landfall in the US in North Carolina as a category 4 hurricane, 195 die in US and Canada
  • 1954 KLTV TV channel 7 in Tyler-Longview, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 Pyotr Bolotnikov runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
  • 1956 William J. Brennan, Jr. is appointed to US Supreme Court
  • 1956 Yankees Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series
  • 1957 Giants trade Minneapolis franchise to Red Sox for SF Seals-franchises only, not the players
  • 1958 Tunisia drops diplomatic relations with Egypt
  • 1958 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1959 "Untouchables" premieres
  • 1959 KNDO TV channel 23 in Yakima, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 "Laughs & Other Events" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1962 Byron R White appointed to Supreme Court
  • 1962 WLOX TV channel 13 in Biloxi-Gulfport, MS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 Ludwig Erhard succeeds Conrad Adenauer as West German Chancellor
  • 1964 Craig Breedlove sets auto speed record of 846.97 kph
  • 1964 St Louis Cardinals beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 3 in 61st World Series
  • 1964 NY Yankees appears in 14 & win 9 of last 16 World Series
  • 1965 Dodgers & Sandy Koufax win 7th game of 62nd World Series vs Twins
  • 1965 WEMT (now WVII) TV channel 7 in Bangor, ME (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 Australia bans Troggs' "I Can't Control Myself" as "terribly obscene"

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1966 LBJ signs a bill creating US Department of Transportation

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1966 Black Panther Party created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale
  • 1968 AL expansion draft, KC pick Roger Nelson & Pilots pick Don Mincher 1st
  • 1968 The Nationalist Party of Northern Ireland (NPNI) withdraws from its role as 'official' opposition within the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont
  • 1969 Bank of America World Headquarters (555 California) dedicated
  • 1969 Madison Square Garden TV Network begins (Rangers vs North Stars)
  • 1969 NY Met Ron Swoboda's spectacular diving catch of sinking liner with runners at 1st & 3rd in 9th, Mets win in 10th in World Series game
  • 1969 Oriole Earl Weaver becomes 1st manager ejected in a World Series
  • 1969 Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war

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1969 3rd Country Music Association Award: Johnny Cash & Tammy Wynette wins

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1970 Anwar Sadat elected president of Egypt
  • 1970 Baltimore Orioles beat Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 1 in 67th World Series
  • 1970 Bridge over Yarra River in Melbourne crashes; killing 35
  • 1970 Russian passenger flight hijacked to Turkey
  • 1971 The start of the 2,500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia.
  • 1972 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)
  • 1972 Omni in Atlanta opens - Hawks beat NY Knicks 109-101
  • 1973 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins
  • 1973 Tanks attack Thailand demonstrating students, 300 killed
  • 1974 National Guard mobilizes to restore order in Boston school busing
  • 1974 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Paul J Flory (macro molecules)
  • 1974 Washington Capitals 1st NHL tie, playing LA Kings to 1-1 tie
  • 1975 Iceland moves intl boundary from 50 to 200 miles
  • 1976 1st debate of major-ticket VP nominees Mondale (D) vs Dole (R)

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1976 Ringo Starr releases "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1977 Arkansas' Steve Little kicks a record tying 67 yard field goal
  • 1977 Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
  • 1977 Don Ritchie runs world record 100 mile (11:30:51)
  • 1978 Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Civitan Golf Open
  • 1978 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1979 1st Monday night game from NYC, Jets beat Vikings 14-7 (Shea Stad)
  • 1979 Chinese premier Hwa Kwofeng visits Paris
  • 1979 Military coup in El Salvador: president/general Carlos Romero flees

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1979 NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier

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1980 George Brett is forced out of World Series with hemorrhoids

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1980 Nobel prize for economy awarded to Lawrence R Klein
  • 1981 Professional cheerleader Krazy George Henderson leads what is thought to be the first audience wave in Oakland, California.
  • 1981 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • 1983 Black Hawks & Maple Leafs combine for fastest 5 goals (84 seconds)
  • 1983 Columbia beats Yale 21-18 in football, will lose next 44 games
  • 1983 US Marine sharpshooters kill 5 snipers at Beirut International Airport
  • 1983 34th Formula One WDC: Nelson Piquet wins by two points
  • 1984 Central Intelligence Agency Information Act passes
  • 1984 Centrum party expels 2nd Member of parliament Janmaat due to fraud
  • 1985 Nobel prize for economics awarded to Franco Modigliani
  • 1985 Shuttle Columbia carries Spacelab into orbit
  • 1985 Shelley Taylor of Australia makes fastest swim ever around Manhattan Island, doing it in 6 hours 12 minutes 29 seconds
  • 1986 Longest post season game, Mets beat Astros 7-6 in 16 & win NL pennant
  • 1986 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat Houston Astros, 4 games to 2
  • 1986 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat California Angels, 4 games to 3
  • 1987 "Late Nite Comic" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1987 6th Belgium government of Martens falls
  • 1987 Coup in Burkina Faso, president Sankara dies
  • 1987 Lanford Wilson's "Burn This" premieres in NYC
  • 1987 NFL Players Association orders an end to 24 day strike
  • 1987 The Great Storm of 1987 hits France and England.
  • 1988 Amnesty International's Global Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires
  • 1988 NCAA record rushing yardage (768 yards-Oklahoma)
  • 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 World Series
  • 1989 Billy Graham is given 1,900th star on Hollywood Blvd
  • 1989 South Africa President FW de Klerk frees ANC Founder Walter Sisulu & 4 other political prisoners

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1989 Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howes as NHL's all time top scorer

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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1990 Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wins Nobel Peace Prize

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1991 Clarence Thomas is confirmed as Supreme Court Justice (52-48)
  • 1992 Charles Taylor launches an offensive against Monrovia Liberia
  • 1992 Howard Stern radio show begins broadcasting on WLUP-AM, Chicago
  • 1992 NYC Subway motorman Robert Ray convicted of manslaughter in death of 5 riders, when he fell asleep drunk while in control of train
  • 1993 Amstel brewery on Curacao produces 1,000,000,000th bottle

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1993 Nelson Mandela & South Africa President F W de Klerk awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1994 Botswana Pres Ketumile Masires BDP wins parliamentary election
  • 1994 President Jean-Baptiste Aristide returns to Haiti
  • 1995 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf
  • 1995 Carolina Panthers win 1st game ever beating NY Jets 26-15
  • 1997 Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (763.035 mph)
  • 1997 Former rep Dan Rostenkowski released from custody for mail fraud

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1997 NY jury awards boxer Mitch Green $45,000 in civil lawsuit against Mike Tyson, for street brawl in 1988

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1997 US launches nuclear powered Cassini to Saturn
  • 1997 MLB American League Championship: Cleveland Indians beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 2

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2000 Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" debuts on HBO

Comedian/Writer Larry David
Larry David
  • 2001 NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io.
  • 2001 The first tanker loading of the new $2.5-billion Kazakh-Russia Pipeline takes place
  • 2003 China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
  • 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.
  • 2003 MLB National League Championship: Florida Marlins beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 3
  • 2005 Iraqi constitution ratification vote
  • 2005 Riot in Toledo, Ohio breaks out during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi protest; over 100 are arrested.
  • 2007 17 Activists in Aotearoa New Zealand arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids across the country.