What are the important events that happened on October 15? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
October 15: Facts & Myths About This Day
October 15 is the 288th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 77 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 2, 2021 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,634,256,000 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 ‘dihectaoctacontaoctagon’ day.
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Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 109 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 3,220 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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October 15 Historical Events
Edward Gibbon observes a group of friars singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome, which inspires him to begin work on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Napoleon I of France begins his exile on Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Dreyfus affair: Alfred Dreyfus is arrested for spying.
World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for the German Empire.
The Soviet Republic of China collapses when Chiang Kai-shek’s National Revolutionary Army successfully encircles Ruijin, forcing the fleeing Communists to begin the Long March.
World War II: The former premier of Vichy France Pierre Laval is shot by a firing squad for treason.
Vietnam War; The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam is held in Washington DC and across the US. Over 2 million demonstrate nationally; about 250,000 in the nation’s capitol.
Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and open up his nation.
The first supersonic land speed record is set by Andy Green in ThrustSSC (United Kingdom), exactly 50 years and 1 day after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Seventeen activists in New Zealand are arrested in the country’s first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids.
Who were born on October 15?
Elisabeth Teresa of Lorraine, queen of Sardinia (d. 1741)
Thomas Robert Bugeaud, Marshal of France and duke of Isly (d. 1849)
Jane Darwell, Academy Award-winning American actress (d. 1967)
Varian Fry, American journalist (d. 1967)
Nellie Lutcher, American pianist, R&B and jazz singer (d. 1950)
Mark Lenard, American actor (d. 1996)
Barry McGuire, American singer
Sali Berisha, former President of Albania; current Prime Minister
Manuel Dallan, Italian rugby player
Takeshi Morishima, Japanese professional wrestler
Who died on October 15?
Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Umawi, Spanish-born Moor religious figure (b. 844)
Humphry Ditton, English mathematician (b. 1675)
Samuel Greig, Scottish-Russian admiral (b. 1735)
Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist (b. 1866)
Raymond Poincaré, French statesman (b. 1860)
Pierre Laval, French politician (b. 1883)
Hermann Göring, German Nazi official (b. 1893)
Edythe Chapman, American actress (b. 1863)
Thomas Sankara, Burkinan military officer and politician (b. 1949)
Konrad Emil Bloch, Prussian-born American biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
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