What are the important events that happened on September 15? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

September 15: Facts & Myths About This Day

September 15 is the 259th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 107 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 2, 2016 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 409,416 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectapentacontaenneagon’ day.

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Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Sapphire is the modern birthstone for this month. Agate is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 135 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,364 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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September 15 Historical Events

  • 994
    Major Fatimid victory over the Byzantine Empire at the Battle of the Orontes.
  • 1616
    The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy.
  • 1789
    The United States Department of State is established (formerly known as the “Department of Foreign Affairs”).
  • 1812
    War of 1812: A second supply train sent to relieve Fort Harrison is ambushed in the Attack at the Narrows.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Confederate forces capture Harpers Ferry, Virginia.
  • 1972
    A Scandinavian Airlines System domestic flight from Gothenburg to Stockholm is hijacked and flown to Malmö-Bulltofta Airport.
  • 1983
    Israeli premier Menachem Begin resigns.
  • 1990
    France announces it will send 4,000 troops to the Persian Gulf.
  • 1993
    Liechtenstein Prince Hans-Adam II disbands Parliament
  • 2004
    National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announces lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.

Who were born on September 15?

  • 1533
    Catherine of Austria, queen consort of Poland and Lithuania (d. 1572)
  • 1828
    Aleksandr Mikhailovich Butlerov, Russian chemist (d. 1886)
  • 1906
    Jacques Becker, French screenwriter and director (d. 1960)
  • 1908
    Kid Sheik, New Orleans jazz trumpeter (d. 1996)
  • 1909
    Phil Arnold, American actor d. 1968
  • 1913
    Henry Brant, Canadian-born American composer (d. 2008)
  • 1917
    Hilde Gueden, Austrian soprano (d. 1988)
  • 1925
    Forrest Compton, American actor
  • 1946
    Howard Waldrop, American science fiction author
  • 1984
    Prince Harry of Wales, English royalty

Who died on September 15?

  • 1805
    Christopher Gadsden, American soldier and statesman from South Carolina (b. 1724)
  • 1915
    Ernest Gagnon, Canadian folklorist, composer and organist (b. 1834)
  • 1981
    Rafael Mendez, Mexican trumpet virtuoso (b. 1906)
  • 1989
    Jan DeGaetani, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1933)
  • 1989
    Olga Erteszek, American undergarment designer and lingerie company owner (b. 1916)
  • 2001
    June Salter, Australian actress (b. 1932)
  • 2003
    Josef Hirsal, Czech novelist (b. 1920)
  • 2004
    Johnny Ramone, American guitarist (The Ramones) (b. 1948)
  • 2009
    Troy Kennedy Martin, Scottish film and TV screenwriter (b. 1932)
  • 2010
    Arrow, Montserratian soca musician (b. 1949)

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