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 258th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 107 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 2, 2017 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,505,433,600 seconds 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 ‘dihectapentacontaoctagon’ 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 157 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 1,729 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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September 15 Historical Events

  • 1440
    Gilles de Rais, one of the earliest known serial killers, is taken into custody upon an accusation brought against him by the Bishop of Nantes.
  • 1831
    The locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad.
  • 1894
    First Sino-Japanese War: Japan defeats China in the Battle of Pyongyang.
  • 1942
    World War II: U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Wasp is torpedoed at Guadalcanal.
  • 1945
    A hurricane in southern Florida and the Bahamas destroys 366 planes and 25 blimps at NAS Richmond.
  • 1947
    RCA releases the 12AX7 vacuum tube.
  • 1959
    Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.
  • 1968
    The Soviet Zond 5 spaceship is launched, becoming the first spacecraft to fly around the Moon and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere.
  • 1987
    United States Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze sign a treaty to establish centers to reduce the risk of nuclear war.
  • 1998
    With the landmark merger of WorldCom and MCI Communications completed the day prior, the new MCI WorldCom opens its doors for business.

Who were born on September 15?

  • 1613
    François de La Rochefoucauld, French writer (d. 1680)
  • 1906
    Jacques Becker, French screenwriter and director (d. 1960)
  • 1916
    Frederick C. Weyand, U.S. Army General (d. 2010)
  • 1924
    Bobby Short, American musician (d. 2005)
  • 1924
    György Lázár, Hungarian communist
  • 1924
    Lucebert, Dutch artist (d. 1994)
  • 1925
    Forrest Compton, American actor
  • 1940
    Merlin Olsen, American football player and actor (d. 2010)
  • 1951
    Johan Neeskens, Dutch footballer
  • 1972
    Jimmy Carr, English-Irish comedian

Who died on September 15?

  • 1613
    Thomas Overbury, English writer (b. 1581)
  • 1649
    John Floyd, English Jesuit preacher (b. 1572)
  • 1707
    George Stepney, English poet and diplomat (b. 1663)
  • 1794
    Abraham Clark, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1725)
  • 1803
    Gian Francesco Albani, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1719)
  • 1930
    Milton Sills, American actor (b. 1882)
  • 1945
    André Tardieu, French statesman (b. 1876)
  • 1995
    Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish football player (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan musician (b. 1928)
  • 2008
    Richard Wright, British keyboardist (Pink Floyd) (b. 1943)

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