On This Day

Historical Events on November 15 (Part 2)

  • 2012 Deep Horizon Oil Spill: BP settles for $4.5 Billion
  • 2012 The Eurozone economy returns to recession with a fall of 0.1% in GDP in the third quarter of 2012 following a fall of 0.2% in the previous quarter
  • 2013 5 people are killed and 10 are injured after a train derails in Nashik, India
  • 2013 Sony launches the Playstation Four, selling one million units on the first day

Summit of Interest

2014 Vladimir Putin's press secretary says media reports that the Russian president plans to leave the G20 Summit in Brisbane early are nonsense

  • 2014 World leaders gather in Brisbane for G20 Summit, which will focus on economic growth
  • 2014 The parents of 43 Mexican students who disappeared start a nationwide bus tour in protest at the government's handling of the case
  • 2014 A 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes under the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia, triggering a tsunami warning
  • 2015 Holly Holm defeats UFC Champion Ronda Rousey in an upset in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2015 France launches air strikes on Isis stronghold Raqqa in Syria in wake of terror attack on Paris
  • 2015 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Prague, Czech Republic: Czech pair Karolína Plíšková & Barbora Strýcová beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova & Elena Vesnina of Russia 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for a 3-2 win and 9th title for the home country
  • 2017 Australian postal vote on same-sex marriage revealed - 61% vote yes
  • 2017 Argentine submarine San Juan goes missing in the Atlantic after reporting mechanical failure

Robert Mugabe Ousted

2017 The Zimbabwean Army detains Robert Mugabe and the first family and appoints sacked Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as interim president

  • 2017 Isabel Dos Santos, Africa's richest woman, fired as head of Angola state oil company Sonangol

Music History

2017 Country singer Blake Shelton wins People Magazine's sexiest man alive award

Sports History

2017 3 UCLA basketball players suspended after admitting shoplifting in China, only released at President Trump's request

World Record

2017 Leonardo da Vinci's painting "Salvator Mundi" sells for $450.3 million at auction in New York, world record price for any artwork

  • 2017 Pakistan unveils remains of 1,700 year-old sleeping Buddha in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province

Historic Event

2018 Africa's fastest train between Casablanca and Tangier in Morocco at 320km (198 miles) inaugurated by King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron

Historic Event

2018 David Hockney's "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" sells for $90.3 million in New York, record for a living artist

  • 2018 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani confirms more than 28,000 of the country's military and police have been killed since 2015

Historic Event

2018 Art experts in England authenticate two bronzes of men riding panthers as Michelangelo's only surviving bronze works

Sports History

2018 LeBron James passes Wilt Chamberlain for 5th on the NBA's career scoring list with 44 points for the LA Lakers in 126-117 victory over Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center, Los Angeles

Film & TV History

2019 "Joker" starring Joaquin Phoenix is the 1st R-rated film to earn $1 billion worldwide

  • 2019 Iran shuts down its internet for five days to suppress news of national protests against higher gas prices - beginning of the worst unrest for 40 years in the country
  • 2019 Pakistan becomes the 1st country to introduce a vaccine against typhoid, targeting 10 million children
  • 2020 84th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: American Dustin Johnson fires record total -20 to win his first Masters title by 5 strokes from Cameron Smith of Australia & South Korean Sungjae Im

Sports History

2020 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinches 4th straight and record equalling 7th F1 World Drivers C'ship by winning Turkish GP at Intercity Istanbul Park, Tuzla

  • 2020 US President Donald Trump tweets [Biden] "won because the election was rigged,” while still refusing to concede the election
  • 2020 Treaty establishing world's largest trading bloc between 15 Asian Pacific countries signed at virtual ASEAN meeting
  • 2020 World-record price for a Belgian racing pigeon called New Kim sold for €1.6m (£1.4m) at auction

Historic Event

2020 SpaceX Falcon 9 launches first regular flight to International Space Station with four astronauts, three from NASA, one Japanese

Historic Event

2021 US President Joe Biden signs a 'once in a generation' $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law [1]

  • 2021 Former Trump aide Stephen Bannon turns himself in after being found in contempt of US Congress by a federal grand jury, after refusing to comply with investigation into Jan 6