15 OCTOBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Virgil, 70 BC
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844
  • John L. Sullivan, 1858
  • Marie Stopes, 1880
  • P. G. Wodehouse, 1881
  • Ina Claire, 1892
  • Mervyn LeRoy, 1900
  • C. P. Snow, 1905
  • John Kenneth Galbraith, 1908
  • Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., 1917
  • Mario Puzo, 1920
  • Lee Iacocca, 1924
  • Jean Peters, 1926
  • Linda Lavin, 1939
  • Penny Marshall, 1943
  • Richard Carpenter, 1945
  • Roscoe Tanner, 1951
  • Emeril Lagasse, 1959
  • Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York, 1959

Died On This Day:

  • Mata Hari executed, 1917
  • Dame Marie Tempest, 1942
  • Hermann Goering suicide, 1946
  • Cole Porter, 1964
  • Carlo Gambino, 1976
  • Ladislas Farago, 1980
  • Pat O'Brien, 1983

Today's Events:

  • 1581 - First ballet de cour at Catherine de' Medici's court in France entitled 'Le Ballet comique de la Reine.'
  • 1582 - Gregorian calendar introduced to Spain/Portugal by Pope Gregory XIII. (Calendar advanced 10 days)
  • 1764 - In Rome, Edward Gibbon sits amidst Capitol ruins and gets idea to write his 'Decline and Fall...'
  • 1783 - Jean Pilatre de Rozier becomes first man to leave earth in a balloon.
  • 1839 - Queen Victoria proposes marriage to Prince Albert.
  • 1878 - Edison Electric Company becomes America's first electric co. in New York City.
  • 1881 - The American Angler, first fishing magazine, issued.
  • 1894 - Alfred Dreyfus arrested on treason charge in France.
  • 1928 - Graf Zeppelin completes first transatlantic flight landing in New Jersey.
  • 1951 - 'I Love Lucy' premieres on CBS Television starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
  • 1953 - Pulitzer-prize winning 'Teahouse of the August Moon' starts 1,027 performance run in NY.
  • 1965 - Anti-Vietnam war demonstrations in U.S. major cities start; draft card burning.
  • 1990 - Racial discrimination in parks, libraries, and other public places becomes illegal in South Africa.
  • 1991 - Judge Clarence Thomas confirmed as second black to become Supreme Court Associate Justice.
  • 1997 - Official supersonic land-speed record broken by Andy Green driving jet British Thrust; 762 mph.
  • 1998 - British land-speed record broken by Richard Brown of 216.55 mph on rocket powered motorcycle.
  • 2008 - Dow Jones falls 733 points (7.9%) to 8,577, 2nd largest daily point loss ever behind 777 point loss 9/29.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Teresa of Avila
  • Thecia of Kitzingen
  • Euthymius the Younger

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • CHUSOK (Korea) on day of full moon of eighth lunar month.
  • DURGA-PUJA (Hindu festival of Goddess Durga)
  • PITRA PASKSHA and AMAVASYA, Hindu Feast of the Dead.
  • LAKSHMI PUJA, Hindu Festival of the Goddess of Fortune
  • CHUNG CHI'U CHIEH (Chinese mid-autumn festival) 15th day of 8th lunar month.
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • RAMADAN, Muslim holy month
  • CHILD HEALTH DAY - first Monday in October in USA
  • COLUMBUS DAY - first Monday in October
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - last Sunday in October set clocks back
  • MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY - celebrated fourth Sunday in October in US
  • NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY - second Sunday in October in USA
  • THANKSGIVING DAY IN CANADA - second Monday in October

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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