On This Day

2015 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 353

  • Jun 19 The right-wing Venstre block wins the 2015 Danish general election
  • Jun 20 Heat wave peaks in southern Pakistan, goes on to kill about 2,000 people from dehydration and heat stroke
  • Jun 20 1000 humanoid robots named "Pepper" sell out in under a minute ($1,600 each) in Japan, according to its creator SoftBank Robotics Corp.
  • Jun 21 Hackers ground 1400 passengers by attacking IT system at Warsaw Chopin airport in Poland
  • Jun 21 94 people die & 45 are hospitalized after drinking moonshine in Mumbai, India
  • Jun 22 South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds in wake of killings in a Charleston church
  • Jun 22 JAMA Internal Medical Journal announces obese Americans now outnumber those just overweight

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 25 Obamacare subsidies in The Affordable Care Act preserved by US Supreme Court Ruling in King v Burwell 6-3

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Jun 26 US Supreme Court rules 5-4 same-sex marriage is a legal right across all US states
  • Jun 26 Gunman opens fire at beach resort in Sousse, Tunisia, killing 38. Isis claims responsibility.
  • Jun 26 Saudi suicide bomber kills 27 at Shia Imam al-Sadiq mosque in Kuwait, 227 injured

Electoral defeatImportant Vote

Jun 26 Greek Credit Crisis: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls for a Greek referendum on new bailout terms

Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras
Prime Minister of Greece
Alexis Tsipras
  • Jun 28 David Sweat shot and captured near Canadian border. 2nd prisoner to escape maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility June 6
  • Jun 28 Greek Credit Crisis: Greek government says banks closed for a week and ATM withdrawals restricted after European Central Bank refused to supply emergency funds
  • Jun 29 Beijing Times reports 30% of the Great Wall of China has disappeared due to natural forces and stealing of bricks
  • Jun 30 Hercules transporter plane crashes minutes after take-off in Medan, Indonesia killing 116

  • Jun 30 A man self-immolates aboard a Nozomi Shinkansen train and kills one other passenger in Japan
  • Jul 1 Greek Credit Crisis: Greece becomes 1st developed country to default on debt to the International Monetary Fund (1.7 billion)
  • Jul 1 US and Cuba announce agreement to re-open embassies and establish full diplomatic ties
  • Jul 2 BP agrees to compensate US government & gulf states $18.7 billion for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
  • Jul 2 62 people are killed after the Kim Nirvana ferry capsizes off the coast of the Philippines
  • Jul 3 Adelaide Crows Australian Rules Football coach Phil Walsh is murdered by his son Cy at his Somerton Park home
  • Jul 4 Matt "Megatoad" Stonie, in an upset, defeats 8x hot dog eating champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at Nathan's Famous, Coney Island with 62 hot dogs
  • Jul 4 Unesco grants World Heritage Status to vineyards in Champagne, France along with Singapore's Botanical Gardens, Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey) and Maymand Caves (Iran)
  • Jul 8 The New York Stock Exchange stops trading for nearly four hours due to a technical error
  • Jul 9 Chuck Blazer receives a lifetime ban from FIFA and all football related activity due to corruption
  • Jul 10 The Confederate flag is taken down for the last time from South Carolina Capitol grounds 1 day after the state legislature ordered it removed.
  • Jul 10 23 people are killed & 50 are injured in a stampede at a free clothing drive in Mymensingh, Bangladesh

Person of InterestEl Chapo Finally Recaptured

Jul 11 Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán escapes from Altiplano maximum-security prison west of Mexico City via a specially constructed 1.5 km tunnel from his cell to a nearby house

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Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in American custody after being extradited to the United States
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  • Jul 13 Greek Credit Crisis: Eurozone agrees conditional deal to lend €86bn over 3 years if Greece passes reforms.
  • Jul 13 Sandra Bland is found dead in Waller County jail, Texas after spending weekend in jail after a traffic offence. Her family disputes her supposed suicide

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 14 Harper Lee's 2nd novel "Go Set A Watchman", an early 1957 version of "To Kill A Mocking Bird" goes on sale in 70 countries

Author Harper Lee
Author
Harper Lee
  • Jul 14 Scientists from the Large Hadron Collider announce the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark
  • Jul 14 Arms deal agreed between 6 world powers and Iran limiting Iranian nuclear arms but ending sanctions
  • Jul 16 Scientists reveal 1st close-up pictures of Pluto, sent by the New Horizons probe
  • Jul 16 Shootings in Chattanooga at a US military recruitment centre and a naval reserve training center kill 5 and injure others

  • Jul 17 Suicide bomber in Khan Bani Saad, Iraq, kills 120, ISIS claims responsibility
  • Jul 17 Scientists solve mystery of sleeping sickness in two villages in northern Kazakhstan - uranium mining had caused increase in carbon monoxide
  • Jul 18 "The Sun" newspaper in Britain controversially publishes old picture and video of Queen Elizabeth giving Nazi salute in 1933
  • Jul 18 PayPal is spun off from eBay as a separate publicly traded company on the NASDAQ
  • Jul 19 World Health Organization puts world's Ebola death toll at 11,284
  • Jul 20 Suicide bomber kills 30 in Turkish town of Suruc near Syrian border
  • Jul 20 Hacker group the Impact Team announce they have hacked married dating site Ashley Madison
  • Jul 21 On This Day changes its domain name and brand from HistoryOrb.com to OnThisDay.com
  • Jul 22 'Oldest' Qur'an fragments discovered in collection of Birmingham University, radiocarbon testing dates to AD568 - AD645
  • Jul 23 NASA's Kepler mission announces discovery of the most Earth-like planet yet - Kepler-452b, 1,400 light years from Earth
  • Jul 24 US President Barack Obama begins an historic 2 day visit to Kenya
  • Jul 27 Fiat Chrysler fined record $105 million by Us regulators over their number of car recalls
  • Jul 27 The Shanghai Composite Index drops 8.5% in one day
  • Jul 29 Over 3,500 immigrants over 2 days attempt to enter the Channel Tunnel at Calais, to cross into Britain
  • Jul 29 Mohammed Omar, mullah and Taliban leader is confirmed dead (killed 2013) by the Afghan government

PlaneFlight MH370 Disappears

Jul 29 Part of missing airline MH370 is found on the island of Reunion

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Post-it notes written by well-wishers in Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing
Post-it notes written by well-wishers in Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing
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  • Jul 29 Microsoft launches Windows 10
  • Jul 29 Zion Harvey became the first paediatric patient to receive a double hand transplant at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Jul 29 27 people are killed and 149 are injured after a truck runs into a religious procession in Zacatecas, Mexico
  • Jul 30 In Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, the temperature reaches 46C (109F), humidity makes it feel like 73C

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 31 It is announced that creative director Alexander Wang will leave Balenciaga

Fashion Designer Alexander Wang
Fashion Designer
Alexander Wang
  • Aug 3 US President Obama unveils his Clean Power Plan to cut greenhouse gases
  • Aug 3 The Athens Stock Exchange re-opens after a month and falls by 22%

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 3 Chilean-born author Isabel Allende receives the US Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama

Writer Isabel Allende
Writer
Isabel Allende
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Aug 4 A plague of locusts in Southern Russia prompts a state of emergency to be declared
  • Aug 4 31 people are killed and 100 are injured after floods partially sweep two passenger trains off a bridge in Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Aug 5 Torrential rains and flooding leave at least 178 people dead in India, in the wake of Cyclone Komen
  • Aug 5 Fishing boat carrying around 600 migrants sinks of the coast of Libya, 373 rescued
  • Aug 6 Eqyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurates the Suez Canal Expansion at a ceremony in Ismaïlia
  • Aug 6 World's largest ever Pinball tournament Pinburgh with 700 machines held in Pittsburgh
  • Aug 6 Republican Presidential nomination race begins with debate between 7 lesser ranked candidates in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 9 At Ferguson anniversary of the shooting of unarmed Michael Brown, a man is shot and a state of emergency declared
  • Aug 11 Spain's top matador Francisco Rivera Ordóñez Jr. is gored and injured by a bull in Huesca

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Aug 11 Greek debt crisis: European Commission announces a bailout with Greece and its creditors has been agreed "in principle"

Economist and Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi
Economist and Prime Minister of Italy
Mario Draghi
  • Aug 11 Largest ever outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York - 12 dead, with over 100 cases in the South Bronx
  • Aug 11 Japan's Sendai Nuclear Power Plant restarts the first nuclear reactor since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
  • Aug 12 In London archaeologists discover a mass grave of 30 bodies from the 1665 plague
  • Aug 12 Large series of explosions in Tianjin, China leave at least 50 dead and 700 injured in an industrial accident
  • Aug 12 China cuts its currency the yuan for the 2nd day in a row to boast exports

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 12 Former US President Jimmy Carter reveals that he has cancer

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 13 Swedish Prosecutors announce they are dropping allegations against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of sexual molestation and coercion

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks Founder
Julian Assange

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 13 US Government formally returns to France Picasso's painting La Coiffeuse, stolen from Paris' National Museum of Modern Art in 2001

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • Aug 13 76 people are killed & 212 are wounded by an ISIL truck bomb in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Aug 14 Most extensive face transplant surgery ever performed on Patrick Hardison by Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez at New York University Langone Medical Center
  • Aug 15 North Korea creates its own time zone -moving its clocks back half an hour to GMT+8.5
  • Aug 16 'Batman' samaritan Lenny B. Robinson is killed in a car accident in Maryland
  • Aug 17 Bomb blast in Bangkok at Erawan Shrine kills at least 19, injures over 100
  • Aug 17 World's first flower could be underwater plant Montsechia Vidalii claim US botanists (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
  • Aug 17 Discovery of 7,000 year old mass grave in Schöneck-Kilianstädten, Central Germany, published in PNAS Journal. 26 bodies bear evidence of violent conflict
  • Aug 19 US Food and Drug administration approves Female Viagra libido pill Addyi
  • Aug 20 30 students at West Point Military Academy are injured in a mass pillow fight
  • Aug 21 Terrorist attack on train between Amsterdam and Paris thwarted by 4 passengers overpowering gunman
  • Aug 21 After 108 years a "message in a bottle" put in the sea by UK Marine Biological Association is announced found on a beach in Amrum, Germany
  • Aug 21 1st British unmanned drone hit on a UK citizen outside a conflict - ISIS fighter Reyaad Khan in Raqqa, Syria
  • Aug 21 European Refugee Crisis: Germany makes it easier for Syrian refugees to claim asylum by suspending their Dublin Regulations
  • Aug 22 A vintage Hawker Hunter plane crashes onto the A27 dual carriageway road during the Shoreham airshow in Britain killing at least 11
  • Aug 23 Destruction by IS of the 1st century AD temple of Baalshamin in ancient ruins of Palmyra confirmed by Syrian officials
  • Aug 23 12 year old boy trips and rips 17th-century painting "Flowers" by Paolo Porpora worth $1.5m at exhibition in Taiwan
  • Aug 24 China stock market's "Black Monday", Shanghai Composite loses 8.5%, sending other international markets lower

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 24 Physicist Stephen Hawking presents a new theory on black holes at a lecture at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 24 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces that for the 1st time 1 billion people logged into Facebook

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • Aug 26 WDBJ TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward are fatally shot live on TV by an ex-colleague in Moneta, Virginia
  • Aug 27 Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos names top Supreme Court judge, Vassiliki Thanou caretaker Prime Minister - Greece's 1st female Prime Minister

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Aug 27 "The Shepherd's Crown" by Terry Pratchett published by Doubleday, 5 months after the author's death, last book in the Discworld series

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett

Birthdays in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History

  • Jul 11 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), dies of cancer at 56
  • Jul 15 Wan Li, Chinese reform politician, dies at 98
  • Jul 17 Owen Chadwick, English historian, priest and university chancellor, dies at 99
  • Jul 19 Sybren Polet [Sijbe Minnema], Dutch writer and poet (Mannekino), dies at 91
  • Jul 20 Elio Fiorucci, Italian fashion designer, dies at 80
  • Jul 21 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), dies at 84
  • Jul 26 Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, dies in a coma at 22
  • Jul 26 Wolfgang Gönnenwein, German choral director and educator, and artistic director (Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, 1972-2004), dies at 82
  • Jul 27 A. P. J. [Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen] Abdul Kalam, Indian scientist and politician, 11th President of India (2002-07), dies at 83
  • Jul 28 James Jude, American thoracic surgeon (developed CPR), dies at 87
  • Aug 2 Forrest Bird, American aviator and inventor (1st respirators and ventilators), dies at 94
  • Aug 3 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), dies at 96
  • Aug 3 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), dies at 98
  • Aug 7 Frances Oldham Kelsey, Canadian-American FDA Director (stopped thalidomide use in the US), dies at 101
  • Aug 9 David Nobbs, English comedic writer (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 80
  • Aug 15 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Aug 18 Louis Stokes, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1969-99), dies at 90
  • Aug 20 Egon Bahr, German journalist and politician (Ostpolitik policy), dies at 93
  • Aug 21 Bob Hepple, South African-born academic and Nelson Mandela's lawyer, dies at 81
  • Aug 22 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, dies at 88
  • Aug 25 Frank E. Petersen Jr, American soldier and 1st African American Marine aviator & General, dies at 83
  • Aug 29 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You), dies at 75
  • Aug 30 Oliver Sacks, English Neurologist and author (Awakenings), dies at 82
  • Aug 30 Brad Anderson, American cartoonist (Marmaduke), dies at 91
  • Aug 31 Colin Hope, British Industrialist (Turner and Newall), dies at 83
  • Sep 2 Alan Kurdi, 3 year old Syrian refugee drowns off the coast of Turkey, his death and photograph prompt international reaction
  • Sep 3 Adrian Cadbury, British confectionery manufacturer (Cadbury) and author of report on Corporate Governance, dies at 86
  • Sep 11 Marcel Zeeuw, Surinamese soldier (coup 1982), dies at 61
  • Sep 12 Max Beauvoir, Haiti Chief Voodoo Priest, dies at 79
  • Sep 12 Frank D. Gilroy, American writer (Subject Was Roses), dies at 89
  • Sep 14 Fred DeLuca, American co-founder of the Subway chain, dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 19 Jackie Collins, British-American author (The Stud, Lucky), dies of cancer at 77
  • Sep 20 Charles Kenneth "C K" Williams, American poet and translator (Pulitzer prize 2000), dies at 78
  • Oct 1 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), dies at 100
  • Oct 2 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), dies at 86
  • Oct 3 Denis Healey, English politician (Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer), dies at 98
  • Oct 5 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), dies of cancer at 67
  • Oct 6 Árpád Göncz, Hungarian politician, 1st post-communist President (1990-2000), dies at 93
  • Oct 8 Paul Prudhomme, American cajun chef (K-Paul), dies at 75
  • Oct 9 Geoffrey Howe, British politician (Chancellor and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher), dies at 88
  • Oct 9 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), dies at 84
  • Oct 10 Hilla Becher (née Wobeser), German artist, worked collaboratively with husband Bernd Becher, dies at 81
  • Oct 12 George Mueller, NASA Systems Engineer (managed 1969 Moon landing), dies at 97
  • Oct 14 Mathieu Kérékou, Dictator and President of Benin (1973-91, 1996-2006), dies at 82
  • Oct 25 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, dies of cancer at 71
  • Oct 29 Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), dies at 89
  • Oct 31 Gus Savage, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1981- 93), dies at 90
  • Nov 3 Ahmed Chalabi, Iraqi politician (supported US 2003 invasion), dies at 71
  • Nov 3 Howard Coble, American politician (Rep-R-NC, 1985-2015), dies at 84
  • Nov 6 Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), dies at 94
  • Nov 10 Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of West Germany (SPD, 1974- 82), dies at 96
  • Nov 10 Gene Amdahl, American computer scientist who designed the IBM mainframe, dies at 92
  • Nov 10 Tim [Itimous Thaddeus] Valentine, American politician (Rep-D-NC, 1983-95) dies at 89
  • Nov 15 Cynthia Payne, English brothel madam, dies at 82
  • Nov 16 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich, dies at 86
  • Nov 18 Jim Slater, British financier and writer, dies at 86
  • Nov 22 Kim Young-sam, politician and activist - President of South Korea (1993-98), dies at 87
  • Nov 23 Douglass North, American economist, (Nobel Prize Economic Sciences 1993), dies at 95
  • Nov 28 Olene Walker, American politician (R), 1st female Governor of Utah (2003-2005), dies at 85
  • Nov 28 Janez Strnad, Slovenian physicist, and author (We Are Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made Of), dies at 81
  • Nov 30 Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and Manga artist (GeGeGe no Kitarō), dies at 93
  • Nov 30 Marcus Klingburg, Israeli soviet spy and epidemiologist, dies at 97
  • Dec 3 Roy Evans, British trade unionist and General Secretary (British Iron & Steel Trade Confederation), dies at 84
  • Dec 3 Bill Bennett, Canadian politician, Premier of British Columbia (1975-86), dies at 83
  • Dec 14 Lillian Vernon, American founder and CEO of the Lillian Vernon Corporation (first company listed on US stock exchange started by a woman), dies at 88
  • Dec 23 Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist (1994 Nobel Prize for G-protein discoveries), dies at 74
  • Dec 28 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), dies at 42
  • Dec 30 Donald Barron, Scottish accountant and CEO (Midland Bank), dies at 94