What Happened on September 15

Significant Events

  • 1616 First non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy
  • 1821 Act of Independence of Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Nicaragua declare their independence from the Spanish Empire
  • 1835 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin on board reaches the Galapagos Islands
  • 1928 Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza
  • 1940 Climax of the Battle of Britain, tide turns as Luftwaffe loses 56 aircraft, RAF 28
  • 1998 Google.com is registered as a domain name
More Historical Events

September 15 in Film & TV

  • 1949 "Lone Ranger" premieres on ABC-TV. Hi-yo, Silver! Away!

September 15 in Music

  • 2005 "Be Without You" single released by Mary J. Bilge (Billboard Song of the Year 2006, Grammy Award Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2005)

September 15 in Sport

  • 1960 Maurice Richard announces his retirement. He finishes his career with 544 goals, an NHL record at the time.

Did You Know?

The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.

On September 15, 1981

Would You Believe?

First use of tanks in warfare, "Little Willies" at Battle of Flers-Courcelette, part of the Battle of the Somme

On September 15, 1916

Famous Weddings

  • 1794 4th US President James Madison (43) weds Dolley Madison (26) in Jefferson County, West Virginia
  • 1949 Figure skater and actress Sonja Henie (36) weds Winthrop Gardner Jr
  • 1951 Actor Peter Sellers (26) weds actress Anne Howe in London, England
  • 1957 Country music legend Patsy Cline (25) weds linotype operator Charles Dick (23) in Winchester, England
  • 1962 Actress Janet Leigh (35) weds stockbroker Robert Brandt
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