On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1974 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Paul J Flory (macro molecules)
  • 1975 Iceland moves intl boundary from 50 to 200 miles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 1st debate of major-ticket US Vice President nominees, Walter Mondale (D) vs Bob Dole (R)

42nd Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale
42nd Vice President of the United States
Walter Mondale
  • 1977 Arkansas' Steve Little kicks a record tying 67 yard field goal
  • 1977 Don Ritchie runs world record 100 mile (11:30:51)
  • 1978 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1979 1st Monday night game from NYC, Jets beat Vikings 14-7 (Shea Stad)
  • 1979 Chinese premier Hwa Kwofeng visits Paris
  • 1979 Military coup in El Salvador: President Carlos Romero flees
  • 1980 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Lawrence R Klein
  • 1981 Professional cheerleader Krazy George Henderson leads what is thought to be the first audience wave in Oakland, California.
  • 1983 Columbia beats Yale 21-18 in football, will lose next 44 games
  • 1983 US Marine sharpshooters kill 5 snipers at Beirut International Airport
  • 1984 Central Intelligence Agency Information Act passes
  • 1984 Centrum party expels 2nd Member of parliament Janmaat due to fraud
  • 1985 Nobel prize for economics awarded to Franco Modigliani

  • 1985 Shuttle Columbia carries Spacelab into orbit
  • 1985 Shelley Taylor of Australia makes fastest swim ever around Manhattan Island, doing it in 6 hours 12 minutes 29 seconds
  • 1987 6th Belgium government of Martens falls
  • 1987 Coup in Burkina Faso, president Sankara dies
  • 1987 Lanford Wilson's "Burn This" premieres in NYC
  • 1987 The Great Storm of 1987 hits France and England.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 South African President F. W. de Klerk frees ANC Founder Walter Sisulu and four other political prisoners

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1990 Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wins Nobel Peace Prize

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1991 Clarence Thomas is confirmed as Supreme Court Justice (52-48)
  • 1992 Charles Taylor launches an offensive against Monrovia Liberia
  • 1992 Howard Stern radio show begins broadcasting on WLUP-AM, Chicago
  • 1992 NYC Subway motorman Robert Ray convicted of manslaughter in death of 5 riders, when he fell asleep drunk while in control of train
  • 1993 Amstel brewery on Curacao produces 1,000,000,000th bottle

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1993 Nelson Mandela and South African President F. W. de Klerk awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1994 Botswana President Ketumile Masires BDP wins parliamentary election
  • 1994 President Jean-Baptiste Aristide returns to Haiti
  • 1997 Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (763.035 mph)
  • 1997 Former rep Dan Rostenkowski released from custody for mail fraud
  • 1997 US launches nuclear powered Cassini to Saturn
  • 1997 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Jens Christain Skou, Paul D. Boyer and John E. Walker for their work on enzymes in the body

  • 2001 NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io.
  • 2001 The first tanker loading of the new $2.5-billion Kazakh-Russia Pipeline takes place
  • 2003 China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
  • 2003 The Staten Island Ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi collides with a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, killing 11 people and injuring 43.
  • 2005 Iraqi constitution ratification vote
  • 2005 Riot in Toledo, Ohio breaks out during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi protest; over 100 are arrested.
  • 2007 17 Activists in Aotearoa New Zealand arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids across the country.
  • 2011 Global protests break out in 951 cities in 82 countries
  • 2011 Legoland Florida (the world's largest Legoland theme park) opens in Winter Haven, Florida.
  • 2012 Hilary Mantel wins the 2012 Man Booker Prize for her novel "Bring Up the Bodies"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Walmart announces that Doug McMillon, head of their International Division, will become its next CEO

CEO of Wal-Mart Doug McMillon
CEO of Wal-Mart
Doug McMillon
  • 2017 500 wildfires occur in Portugal and Northern Spain fanned by winds from Hurricane Ophelia, killing at least 35
  • 2017 Austrian legislative elections: Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) win most seats (62), led by Sebastian Kurz (31)
  • 2018 Caravan of up to 4,000 Central American migrants that started in Honduras reaches Guatemala, heading for Mexico and the US
  • 2018 American retailer Sears files for bankruptcy
  • 2018 At least 180,000 migrants driven out of Anglo and back into the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2018 Indian minister and editor MJ Akbar files a defamation case after being accused of sexual harassment by multiple women in #MeToo case
  • 2019 Record 12 Democratic presidential candidates participate in a live TV debate in Westerville, Ohio
  • 2019 Gunfight between Mexican security forces and armed civilians leaves 15 dead, in Guerrero state, a day after 13 police killed in a drug cartel ambush in Michoacán state

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