What happened this day in history October 15

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

  • 1764
    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.
  • 1815
    Napoleon I of France begins his exile on Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1894
    The Dreyfus affair: Alfred Dreyfus is arrested for spying.
  • 1917
    World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for the German Empire.
  • 1934
    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.
  • 1945
    World War II: The former premier of Vichy France Pierre Laval is shot by a firing squad for treason.
  • 1969
    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.
  • 1990
    Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and open up his nation.
  • 1997
    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.
  • 2007
    Seventeen activists in New Zealand are arrested in the country’s first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids.

Who were born on October 15?

  • 1711
    Elisabeth Teresa of Lorraine, queen of Sardinia (d. 1741)
  • 1784
    Thomas Robert Bugeaud, Marshal of France and duke of Isly (d. 1849)
  • 1879
    Jane Darwell, Academy Award-winning American actress (d. 1967)
  • 1907
    Varian Fry, American journalist (d. 1967)
  • 1912
    Nellie Lutcher, American pianist, R&B and jazz singer (d. 1950)
  • 1924
    Mark Lenard, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1935
    Barry McGuire, American singer
  • 1944
    Sali Berisha, former President of Albania; current Prime Minister
  • 1976
    Manuel Dallan, Italian rugby player
  • 1978
    Takeshi Morishima, Japanese professional wrestler

Who died on October 15?

  • 912
    Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Umawi, Spanish-born Moor religious figure (b. 844)
  • 1715
    Humphry Ditton, English mathematician (b. 1675)
  • 1788
    Samuel Greig, Scottish-Russian admiral (b. 1735)
  • 1930
    Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist (b. 1866)
  • 1934
    Raymond Poincaré, French statesman (b. 1860)
  • 1945
    Pierre Laval, French politician (b. 1883)
  • 1946
    Hermann Göring, German Nazi official (b. 1893)
  • 1948
    Edythe Chapman, American actress (b. 1863)
  • 1987
    Thomas Sankara, Burkinan military officer and politician (b. 1949)
  • 2000
    Konrad Emil Bloch, Prussian-born American biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)

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