On this Day in History, October 15

Today could be the day your favorite basketball team gets to shine, and the best players get listed on the hall of fame. History is made of such greatness!

Just like any other day, October 15 had its own share of events that made it to the books of history. Here, take a look!

  • 1917 – The exotic dancer Mata Hari got executed by a French firing squad for espionage at Vincennes.
  • 1937 – The first test flight of the worlds largest Military aircraft “The Flying Fortress ” which was built by boeing.
  • 1938 – Nigerian singer-songwriter, musician and activist Fela Kuti was born.
  • 1951 – The American sitcom based on real-life couples, “I Love Lucy” aired for the first time on CBS.
  • 1954 – Hurricane Hazel struck southern O2017ntario, Canada.
  • 1969 – Vietnam Moratorium Day as millions nationwide protested against the war.
  • 1970 – Anwar Sadat succeeded Gamal Abdel Nasser as President of Egypt.
  • 1970 – A section of the West Gate Bridge over the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia collapsed during construction, killing 35 construction workers.
  • 1977 – Debbie Boone’s “You Light Up My Life” goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks.
  • 1984 – Three feet of snow falls near Colorado Springs, one of the earliest snowfalls this region had ever experienced.
  • 1987 – The assassination of Thomas Sankara, who was the President of Burkina Faso.
  • 1989 –  Wayne Gretzky passed Gordie Howe as NHL’s all-time top scorer.
  • 1990 – President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in lessening tensions during the Cold War.
  • 1993 – Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk won the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end apartheid in South Africa.
  • 1993 – Baseball player Darryl Strawberry divorced Lisa Andrews.
  • 2003 – The People’s Republic of China launched its first manned space mission “Shenzhou 5” from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
  • 2009 – US President Barack Obama signed into law an aid package of $7.5bn for Pakistan, with conditions that Pakistan will no longer support militant groups.
  • 2012 – Australia published its first sex offender register that would be available publicly and covered the state of Western Australia.
  • 2013 – The Traders Hotel in Rangoon was hit by a series of small bomb blasts.
  • 2017 – Actress Alyssa Milano’s tweet “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’” prompted a flood of replies across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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