On This Day

On This Day in History for July 15 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1974 Military coup on Cyprus: archbishop, President Makarios flees
  • 1975 Soyuz 19 and Apollo 18 launched; will rendezvous 2 days later
  • 1976 36-hr kidnap of 26 school children and their bus driver in California
  • 1979 Morarji Desai resigns as premier of India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Billy Carter, the brother of US President Jimmy Carter, registers as a foreign agent of the Libyan government after it was revealed they paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1982 Body of Wendy Caulfield, 1st Green River victim, found near Seattle
  • 1982 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via Dyess AFB, Texas
  • 1982 Senate confirms George P Shultz as US 60th Secretary of State by vote of 97-0
  • 1983 8 killed, 54 wounded, by Armenian extremists bomb at Orly, France
  • 1987 John Poindexter testifies at Iran-Contra hearings
  • 1987 State of siege ends in Taiwan
  • 1991 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1991 US troops leave northern Iraq

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Pope John Paul II hospitalized for 3 weeks to have tumor removed

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1992 The Security Council of the UN examine violence in South Africa
  • 1994 Gyula Horn sworn in as premier of Hungary

  • 1994 Israel and Jordan agree to talks in Washington, D.C. on July 25th
  • 1994 Sonia O'Sullivan runs 3K (8:21.64)

Murder of InterestRwandan Genocide

1994 Hundreds of thousands of Hutus flee to Zaire in the Congo near the end of the Rwandan Genocide

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Skulls of genocide victims at the Nyamata Memorial Site in Rwanda
Skulls of genocide victims at the Nyamata Memorial Site in Rwanda
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  • 1995 Northern Virginia begins using new area code 540
  • 1996 Southern Mexico hit with 6.5 earthquake
  • 1996 A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport
  • 1998 Donatella Versace launches her first couture collection for her brother's Versace label, a year after his murder
  • 1999 Scientists uncover possible reason for SS Waratah's disappearance 100 years later; The SS Waratah was a luxury steamer which did not reach its destination in 1909, and no trace of the wreckage was ever found
  • 2002 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is elected 11th President of India (results announced 18th July)
  • 2002 "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony
  • 2002 Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan hands down the death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl
  • 2003 AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.
  • 2009 A 7.9 Magnitude earthquake registers 160km west of Invercargill, New Zealand, creating a small tsunami
  • 2012 39 pilgrims are killed in a bus crash in Parasi, Nepal
  • 2012 A Russian Soyuz rocket with an international team launches for a mission to the International Space Station
  • 2013 13 people are killed by a car bomb in Deir Atiyah, Syria
  • 2014 20 people are killed & 100 are injured after a train derails in Moscow
  • 2014 Israel announces it has officially voted to accept the ceasefire proposed by Egypt; Hamas reject, saying they were not consulted
  • 2016 Attempted military coup in Turkey fails, nearly 300 killed, 6,000 then arrested
  • 2017 Australian Justine Damond killed by Minneapolis police officer after calling 911 for a disturbance
  • 2018 8-year-old girl finds pre-Viking-era sword in Vidostern lake, Sweden, internet proclaims her Queen of Sweden
  • 2020 Heavy monsoon flooding in Indian north-eastern state of Assam affects more than 2 million people, kills more than 50

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