On This Day

What Happened on July 15

Important Events

  • 1099 City of Jerusalem is captured and plundered by Christian forces during the First Crusade
  • 1381 John Ball, a leader in the Peasants' Revolt, is hung, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England
  • 1410 Battle of Grunwald (First Battle of Tannenburg, Battle of Žalgiris), one of Medieval Europe's largest battles during Poland-Lithuanian Teutonic War. Polish King Władysław Jagiełło and Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas defeat Teutonic Ulrich von Jungingen
  • 1799 The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign
  • 1955 18 Nobel laureates sign the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by 34 more laureates
More Historical Events

July 15 in Film & TV

July 15 in Music

  • 1972 "Honky Chateau" becomes Elton John's first No. 1 album in the US, includes hit "Rocket Man"

July 15 in Sport

  • 1978 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Jack Nicklaus completes 3rd career grand slam; wins by 2 strokes from Ben Crenshaw & Ray Floyd

Did You Know?

Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain

On July 15, 1948


Would You Believe?

Margarine is patented by Hippolye Méga-Mouriès for use by French Navy

On July 15, 1869

Famous Weddings

  • 1500 "Blood Wedding" of Astorre Baglione & Lavinia Colonna in Perugia family Baglione massacre
  • 1952 Gerald Lascelles, son of English Princess Mary, weds Angela Dowding
  • 1965 Actress Joan Rivers (32) weds TV producer Edgar Rosenberg

Famous Divorces

More Weddings & Divorces