What Happened on October 15

Significant 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 synthesizes the first oral contraceptive
  • 1969 Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war
  • 1993 Nelson Mandela and South African President F. W. de Klerk awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
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October 15 in Film & TV

  • 2017 Actress Alyssa Milano tweeting “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’" prompts flood of replies across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

October 15 in Music

  • 1977 Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks

October 15 in Sport

Did You Know?

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

On October 15, 1917

Would You Believe?

11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Abraham Lincoln telling him to grow a beard

On October 15, 1860

Famous Weddings

  • 1501 Heir to the English throne 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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