October 15

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October 15 Events - World Wide

On October 15, we mark the 288th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, or the 289th in leap years, leaving us with 77 days remaining until the year draws to a close. As we stand on the threshold of autumn, the year has unfolded its tapestry of seasons, and the world has witnessed the passage of time in all its glory.

In many regions, the weather begins to transform, with trees painting landscapes in shades of amber and gold, and the air carries a crispness that hints at the colder days to come. Harvests are in full swing, and communities come together to celebrate the abundance of the Earth’s offerings.

For some, October 15th may hold personal significance, whether it be a birthday, an anniversary, or a day of remembrance. It is a reminder that time flows inexorably, and each day is a unique chapter in the story of our lives.

In various cultures and traditions, this date may be accompanied by rituals, festivities, or reflections on the year that has passed and the one that lies ahead. It’s a day to appreciate the present moment and anticipate the adventures and experiences that the remaining 77 days of the year may bring.

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Events List - World Wide

Pre-1600

  • 1066 – After the demise of Harold II during the Battle of Hastings, Edgar the Ætheling is declared as the King of England by the Witan. Nevertheless, he does not undergo a coronation and relinquishes authority to William the Conqueror two months later.
  • 1211 – The Battle of the Rhyndacus unfolds as the Latin emperor Henry of Flanders secures a victory against the Nicaean emperor Theodore I Laskaris.
  • 1529 – The Siege of Vienna reaches its conclusion as Austria vanquishes the encroaching Ottoman forces, effectively halting their expansion across Europe.
  • 1582 – The adoption of the Gregorian calendar commences, paving the way for its eventual widespread adoption, aligning the world’s calendars and dating systems more uniformly.

1601–1900

  • 1651 – Qing forces successfully seize the island of Zhoushan. Zhu Yihai, the Prince of Lu and regent of the Southern Ming, who resided on the island, flees to Kinmen.
  • 1783 – The pioneering hot air balloon created by the Montgolfier brothers takes its inaugural human ascent, with Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier at the helm.
  • 1793 – Queen Marie Antoinette of France faces trial and is found guilty of treason.
  • 1815 – Napoleon embarks on his exile, settling on the remote island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1863 – A milestone in naval history occurs as the H. L. Hunley, the world’s first submarine to successfully sink a ship, meets its tragic fate, taking the life of its inventor.
  • 1864 – During the American Civil War, the Union garrison stationed in Glasgow, Missouri, surrenders to Confederate forces.
  • 1878 – The Edison Electric Light Company commences its operations, marking a significant milestone in the history of electric lighting.
  • 1888 – Investigators receive the infamous “From Hell” letter, allegedly sent by Jack the Ripper, adding another layer of mystery to the unsolved case.

1901–present

  • 1910 – The airship America embarks on its historic journey, attempting the first powered aircraft crossing of the Atlantic as it takes flight from New Jersey.
  • 1923 – Germany introduces the Rentenmark to combat hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic.
  • 1928 – The legendary airship Graf Zeppelin successfully completes its inaugural trans-Atlantic flight, gracefully landing in Lakehurst, New Jersey, within the United States.
  • 1932 – Tata Airlines, which would later evolve into Air India, takes to the skies for its maiden flight.
  • 1939 – New York Municipal Airport, later renamed LaGuardia Airport, is officially dedicated.
  • 1940 – President Lluís Companys of Catalonia faces execution by the Francoist government.
  • 1944 – Amid World War II, Germany assumes control of the Hungarian government after Hungary declares an armistice with the Soviet Union.
  • 1951 – Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes achieves the synthesis of norethisterone, a foundational component of early oral contraceptives.
  • 1954 – Hurricane Hazel unleashes devastation along the eastern seaboard of North America, resulting in 95 casualties and extensive flooding, extending as far north as Toronto.
  • 1956 – The programming world witnesses a groundbreaking moment as FORTRAN, the first modern computer language, is shared with the coding community.
  • 1965 – During an anti-war rally held by the Catholic Worker Movement, a draft card is publicly burned, leading to the first arrest under a new law.
  • 1966 – The Black Panther Party, co-founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, is established.
  • 1970 – Tragedy strikes during the construction of Australia’s West Gate Bridge, with a span collapsing and claiming the lives of 35 workers. To this day, this incident remains Australia’s most devastating industrial accident.
  • 1979 – Supporters of the Malta Labour Party engage in the ransacking and destruction of the Times of Malta building and other locations associated with the Nationalist Party.
  • 1979 – A coup d’état unfolds in El Salvador, overthrowing President Carlos Humberto Romero and inaugurating the 12-year-long Salvadoran Civil War.
  • 1987 – Aero Trasporti Italiani Flight 460 crashes near Conca di Crezzo, Italy, resulting in the tragic loss of all 37 individuals on board.
  • 1987 – A coup d’état takes place in Burkina Faso, leading to the overthrow and death of then-President Thomas Sankara.
  • 1989 – Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky attains the status of all-time leading points scorer in the NHL.
  • 1990 – Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev receives the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in reducing Cold War tensions and fostering greater openness within his nation.
  • 1991 – A momentous discovery is made at the University of Utah HiRes observatory in Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, with the observation of the “Oh-My-God particle,” an ultra-high-energy cosmic ray.
  • 1991 – Leaders from the Baltic States, including Arnold Rüütel of Estonia, Anatolijs Gorbunovs of Latvia, and Vytautas Landsbergis of Lithuania, sign the OSCE Final Act in Helsinki, Finland.
  • 1994 – The United States, under the Clinton administration, returns Haiti’s first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to the island.
  • 1997 – The Cassini probe embarks on its journey to Saturn, launching from Cape Canaveral.
  • 2001 – NASA’s Galileo spacecraft ventures within 180 km of Jupiter’s moon Io.
  • 2003 – China’s first crewed space mission, Shenzhou 5, takes flight.
  • 2006 – Hawaii is rocked by the Kiholo Bay earthquake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, resulting in property damage, injuries, landslides, power outages, and the closure of Honolulu International Airport.
  • 2007 – New Zealand witnesses the arrest of seventeen activists in the nation’s first anti-terrorism raids post-9/11.
  • 2008 – A significant financial event unfolds as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummets by 733.08 points, marking a 7.87% drop, the second-largest percentage decline in the Dow’s history.
  • 2013 – The Philippines experiences the 7.2 magnitude Bohol earthquake, causing a tragic loss of at least 215 lives.
  • 2016 – A historic moment occurs as 197 nations amend the Montreal Protocol to include a phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons.
  • 2018 – In Barron, Wisconsin, 13-year-old American girl Jayme Closs is kidnapped from her home after the tragic murder of her parents.

Births List - World Wide

Pre-1600

  • Circa 99 BC (Likely) – Lucretius, the Roman poet and philosopher, is believed to have been born, and he would go on to live until 55 BCE.
  • 70 BC – Virgil, the renowned Roman poet, enters the world, and he would pass away in 19 BC.
  • 1265 – Temür Khan, who later assumes the title of Emperor Chengzong of Yuan, is born. He would continue to rule until 1307.
  • 1440 – Henry III, Landgrave of Upper Hesse, a notable German noble, comes into the world. He would go on to pass away in 1483.
  • 1471 – Konrad Mutian, a German epigrammatist and academic, is born, and he would continue his work until 1526.
  • 1542 – Akbar, who would become a significant Mughal emperor, is born. He would rule until his death in 1605.
  • 1561 – Richard Field, an English cathedral dean, is born, and he would serve in this role until 1616.
  • 1564 – Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, comes into the world and would hold this title until his passing in 1613.
  • 1599 – Cornelis de Graeff, a Dutch mayor and regent of Amsterdam, is born and would later play a key role in the governance of the city, serving until his death in 1664.

1601–1900

  • 1608 – Evangelista Torricelli, the Italian physicist and mathematician, is born. He would continue his work until 1647.
  • 1622 – Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie, a Swedish statesman and military figure, comes into the world. His significant contributions would extend until 1686.
  • 1686 – Allan Ramsay, a Scottish poet and playwright, is born. He would leave his mark on literature and the arts until 1758.
  • 1701 – Marie-Marguerite d’Youville, a Canadian nun and saint, is born. She would go on to establish the Grey Nuns and contribute to her community until her passing in 1771.
  • 1711 – Elisabeth Therese of Lorraine makes her entrance.
  • 1762 – Samuel Adams Holyoke, an American composer and educator, is born. His impact on music and education would be felt until 1820.
  • 1767 – Gabriel Richard, a French-born American Roman Catholic priest, missionary, educator, and politician, is born. He would serve and influence his community until 1832.
  • 1775 – Bernhard Crusell, a Finnish composer, comes into the world, leaving a mark on the world of music until 1838.
  • 1784 – Thomas Robert Bugeaud, a French general and politician who would later become the Governor-General of Algeria, is born. He would continue to make his mark in politics and military affairs until 1849.
  • 1785 – José Miguel Carrera, a notable Chilean general and politician, is born. His influence on his nation would extend until 1821.
  • 1789 – William Christopher Zeise, a Danish chemist renowned for preparing Zeise’s salt, one of the first organometallic compounds, is born. His contributions to chemistry would last until 1847.
  • 1802 – Louis-Eugène Cavaignac, a French general and politician who would later head the state of France in 1848, is born. His role in politics and military affairs would persist until 1857.
  • 1814 – Mikhail Lermontov, a Russian author, poet, and painter, makes his debut in the world. His literary and artistic contributions would extend until 1841.
  • 1816 – John Robertson, an English-Australian politician who would go on to serve as the 5th Premier of New South Wales, is born. His political career would span until 1891.
  • 1818 – Alexander Dreyschock, a Czech pianist and composer, enters the world. His impact on the world of music would persist until 1869.
  • 1825 – Marie of Prussia, a notable individual, is born.
  • 1829 – Asaph Hall, an American astronomer and academic, makes his entrance. His work in astronomy and academia would last until 1907.
  • 1833 – John Alexander MacPherson, an Australian politician who would serve as the 7th Premier of Victoria, is born. His political career would continue until 1894.
  • 1836 – James Tissot, a French painter and illustrator, is born. His contributions to the world of art would endure until 1902.
  • 1840 – Honoré Mercier, a Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician who would become the 9th Premier of Quebec, is born. His political and legal career would extend until 1894.
  • 1844 – Friedrich Nietzsche, a German composer, poet, and philosopher, enters the world. His profound philosophical and literary contributions would continue until 1900.
  • 1858 – John L. Sullivan, a prominent American boxer, actor, and journalist, is born. His impact on boxing and journalism would last until 1918.
  • 1865 – Charles W. Clark, an American singer and educator, makes his entrance, with a lasting impact on education and the arts, continuing until 1925.
  • 1872 – Wilhelm Miklas, an Austrian educator and politician who would go on to serve as the 3rd President of Austria, is born. His political and educational influence would persist until 1956.
  • 1872 – August Nilsson, a Swedish pole vaulter, shot putter, and tug of war competitor, enters the world. His contributions to sports and competition would last until 1921.
  • 1874 – Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, is born.
  • 1878 – Paul Reynaud, a French lawyer and politician who would later serve as the 118th Prime Minister of France, is born. His political career would continue until 1966.
  • 1879 – Jane Darwell, an American actress, makes her debut, and she would continue to grace the stage and screen until 1967.
  • 1881 – P. G. Wodehouse, the English novelist and playwright, is born. His literary works would entertain and captivate audiences until 1975.
  • 1882 – Charley O’Leary, an American baseball player and coach, enters the world. His contributions to the world of baseball would continue until 1941.
  • 1884 – Archibald Hoxsey, an American pilot, is born.
  • 1887 – Frederick Fleet, an English sailor, makes his entrance, with his life and work extending until 1965.
  • 1888 – S. S. Van Dine, an American author and critic, is born. His literary and critical contributions would continue until 1939.
  • 1890 – Álvaro de Campos, a Portuguese poet and engineer, enters the world. His contributions to poetry and engineering would persist until 1935.
  • 1893 – Carol II of Romania makes his entrance.
  • 1894 – Moshe Sharett, a Ukrainian-Israeli lieutenant and politician who would later become the 2nd Prime Minister of Israel, is born. His political career would extend until 1965.
  • 1897 – Johannes Sikkar, an Estonian soldier and politician who would serve as Prime Minister of Estonia in exile, is born. His political and military career would persist until 1960.
  • 1899 – Adolf Brudes, a Polish-German racing driver, enters the world. His racing career would continue until 1986.
  • 1900 – Mervyn LeRoy, an American actor, director, and producer, makes his debut in the world, with his contributions to the world of entertainment extending until 1987.

1901–present

  • 1901 – Enrique Jardiel Poncela, the Spanish playwright and novelist, is born. His contributions to literature would continue until 1952.
  • 1905 – C. P. Snow, an English chemist and author, comes into the world. He would make significant contributions to both fields until 1980.
  • 1906 – Hiram Fong, an American soldier and politician, is born. His career in politics and military service would continue until 2004.
  • 1906 – Alicia Patterson, an American journalist and publisher who co-founded Newsday, is born. Her impact on journalism and publishing would persist until 1963.
  • 1906 – Victoria Spivey, an American singer-songwriter and pianist, makes her debut. Her contributions to music would endure until 1976.
  • 1907 – Varian Fry, an American journalist and author, is born. His work as a journalist and author would extend until 1967.
  • 1908 – Herman Chittison, an American pianist, is born. His influence on the world of music would last until 1967.
  • 1908 – John Kenneth Galbraith, a Canadian-American economist and diplomat who would later serve as the 7th United States Ambassador to India, is born. His career in economics and diplomacy would continue until 2006.
  • 1909 – Jesse L. Greenstein, an American astronomer and academic, is born. His contributions to astronomy and academia would persist until 2002.
  • 1909 – Robert Trout, an American journalist, comes into the world. His work in journalism would continue until 2000.
  • 1910 – Edwin O. Reischauer, a Japanese-American scholar and diplomat who would later become the United States Ambassador to Japan, is born. His career in scholarship and diplomacy would extend until 1990.
  • 1912 – Nellie Lutcher, an American singer and pianist, makes her debut. Her influence on music would continue until 2007.
  • 1913 – Wolfgang Lüth, a German commander, is born.
  • 1914 – Mohammed Zahir Shah, the Afghan king, comes into the world. He would continue to play a significant role in Afghanistan until 2007.
  • 1916 – Al Killian, an American trumpet player and bandleader, is born. His contributions to the world of music would persist until 1950.
  • 1916 – George Turner, an Australian author and critic, makes his entrance. His contributions to literature and criticism would extend until 1997.
  • 1917 – Jan Miner, an American actress, is born. Her acting career would continue until 2004.
  • 1917 – Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., an American historian and critic, is born. His contributions to history and criticism would persist until 2007.
  • 1917 – Paul Tanner, an American trombonist and educator, comes into the world. His work in music and education would continue until 2013.
  • 1919 – Malcolm Ross, an American captain, balloonist, and physicist, is born. His contributions to science and exploration would continue until 1985.
  • 1919 – Chuck Stevenson, an American race car driver, is born. His career in racing would extend until 1995.
  • 1920 – Chris Economaki, an American sportscaster and actor, makes his debut. His contributions to sports and entertainment would persist until 2012.
  • 1920 – Patricia Jessel, an English actress, is born. Her acting career would continue until 1968.
  • 1920 – Peter Koch, an American industrial engineer and wood scientist, comes into the world. His work in engineering and science would persist until 1998.
  • 1920 – Mario Puzo, an American author and screenwriter, is born. His literary and cinematic contributions would continue until 1999.
  • 1920 – Henri Verneuil, a Turkish-French director, producer, and screenwriter, is born. His work in the film industry would persist until 2002.
  • 1921 – Angelica Rozeanu, a Romanian-Israeli table tennis player, is born. Her career in sports would continue until 2006.
  • 1922 – Agustina Bessa-Luís, a Portuguese author, makes her entrance.
  • 1922 – Preben Munthe, a Norwegian economist and politician who would later serve as the State Conciliator of Norway, is born. His contributions to economics and politics would persist until 2013.
  • 1923 – Italo Calvino, an Italian novelist, short story writer, and journalist, is born. His literary contributions would continue until 1985.
  • 1923 – Antonio Fontán, a Spanish journalist and politician, makes his debut. His career in journalism and politics would continue until 2010.
  • 1923 – Eugene Patterson, an American journalist and activist, is born. His work in journalism and activism would persist until 2013.
  • 1923 – Lindsay Thompson, an Australian politician who would later become the 40th Premier of Victoria, is born. His political career would continue until 2008.
  • 1924 – Marguerite Andersen, a German-Canadian author and educator, makes her entrance. Her contributions to literature and education would continue until 2022.
  • 1924 – Lee Iacocca, an American businessman and author, is born. His career in business and writing would persist until 2019.
  • 1924 – Warren Miller, an American director and screenwriter, is born. His contributions to the world of filmmaking would last until 2018.
  • 1925 – Mickey Baker, an American-French guitarist, is born. His impact on the world of music would continue until 2012.
  • 1925 – Aurora Bautista, a Spanish actress, makes her debut. Her acting career would continue until 2012.
  • 1925 – Tony Hart, an English painter and television host, is born. His contributions to the world of art and entertainment would persist until 2009.
  • 1926 – James E. Akins, an American soldier and diplomat who would later become the United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, is born. His career in the military and diplomacy would continue until 2010.
  • 1926 – Agustín García Calvo, a Spanish philosopher and poet, makes his entrance. His contributions to philosophy and poetry would persist until 2012.
  • 1926 – Michel Foucault, a French historian and philosopher, is born. His work in history and philosophy would continue until 1984.
  • 1926 – Ed McBain, an American author and screenwriter, is born. His contributions to literature and film would continue until 2005.
  • 1926 – Jean Peters, an American actress, makes her debut. Her acting career would continue until 2000.
  • 1926 – Karl Richter, a German organist and conductor, is born. His work in music and conducting would continue until 1981.
  • 1927 – B. S. Abdur Rahman, an Indian businessman and philanthropist, is born. His contributions to business and philanthropy would persist until 2015.
  • 1929 – Will Insley, an American painter and architect, is born. His work in art and architecture would continue until 2011.
  • 1930 – FM-2030, a Belgian-Iranian basketball player, philosopher, and diplomat, is born. His contributions to sports, philosophy, and diplomacy would persist until 2000.
  • 1931 – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, an Indian engineer, academic, and politician who would later become the 11th President of India, is born. His career in engineering and politics would continue until 2015.
  • 1931 – Pauline Perry, Baroness Perry of Southwark, an English academic and politician, makes her debut.
  • 1932 – Jaan Rääts, an Estonian guitarist and composer, is born. His contributions to music and composition would continue until 2020.
  • 1933 – Nicky Barnes, an American drug lord, is born. His involvement in the world of crime would continue until 2012.
  • 1934 – Alan Elsdon, an English trumpet player, is born. His contributions to music would persist until 2016.
  • 1934 – N. Ramani, an Indian flute player, is born. His contributions to music would continue until 2015.
  • 1935 – Barry McGuire, an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, makes his debut.
  • 1935 – Dick McTaggart, a Scottish boxer, is born.
  • 1935 – Bobby Morrow, an American sprinter, is born. His career in athletics would continue until 2020.
  • 1935 – Willie O’Ree, a Canadian ice hockey player, makes his entrance.
  • 1936 – Michel Aumont, a French actor, is born. His acting career would persist until 2019.
  • 1936 – Robert Baden-Powell, 3rd Baron Baden-Powell, a South African-English businessman, is born. His contributions to business would persist until 2019.
  • 1937 – Linda Lavin, an American actress and singer, is born.
  • 1938 – Marv Johnson, an American singer-songwriter and pianist, is born. His contributions to music would persist until 1993.
  • 1938 – Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musician and activist, is born. His career in music and activism would continue until 1997.
  • 1938 – Brice Marden, an American painter, makes his entrance.
  • 1938 – Robert Ward, an American guitarist and songwriter, is born. His contributions to music and songwriting would continue until 2008.
  • 1940 – Tommy Bishop, an English rugby league player and coach, is born.
  • 1940 – Peter C. Doherty, an Australian surgeon and immunologist, who would later become a Nobel Prize laureate, is born. His career in medicine and immunology would continue with significant contributions.
  • 1941 – Roy Masters, an Australian rugby league coach, journalist, and author, is born.
  • 1942 – Hilo Chen, a Taiwanese-American painter, is born.
  • 1942 – Harold W. Gehman, Jr., an American admiral, is born.
  • 1942 – Don Stevenson, an American singer-songwriter and drummer, is born.
  • 1943 – Penny Marshall, an American actress, director, and producer, makes her debut. Her contributions to the world of entertainment would continue until 2018.
  • 1944 – Sali Berisha, an Albanian cardiologist and politician who would later become the 2nd President of Albania, is born. His political career would persist.
  • 1944 – A. Chandranehru, a Sri Lankan Tamil merchant seaman and politician, makes his entrance. His involvement in the world of commerce and politics would persist until 2005.
  • 1944 – Haim Saban, an Israeli-American businessman who co-founded Saban Entertainment, is born.
  • 1944 – David Trimble, a Northern Irish lawyer and politician who would later serve as the 3rd First Minister of Northern Ireland and become a Nobel Prize laureate, is born. His political career would continue until 2022.
  • 1945 – Steve Camacho, a Guyanese cricketer, is born. His career in cricket would continue until 2015.
  • 1945 – Antonio Cañizares Llovera, a Spanish cardinal, is born.
  • 1945 – Neophyte of Bulgaria, a Bulgarian patriarch, is born.
  • 1945 – Jim Palmer, an American baseball player and sportscaster, makes his debut.
  • 1946 – Victor Banerjee, an Indian actor and director, is born.
  • 1946 – Richard Carpenter, a British-Irish singer-songwriter and pianist, is born.
  • 1946 – Palle Danielsson, a Swedish bassist and composer, is born.
  • 1946 – Stewart Stevenson, a Scottish engineer and politician who would later become the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, is born.
  • 1947 – Hümeyra, a Turkish singer-songwriter and actress, is born.
  • 1947 – Jaroslav Erno Šedivý, a Czech drummer, is born.
  • 1948 – Renato Corona, a Filipino lawyer and jurist who would later become the 23rd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, is born. His legal career would persist until 2016.
  • 1948 – Chris de Burgh, an English singer-songwriter and pianist, is born.
  • 1949 – Laurie McBain, an American author, makes her debut.
  • 1949 – Prannoy Roy, an Indian journalist, economist, and broadcaster who founded NDTV, is born.
  • 1950 – Candida Royalle, an American porn actress, director, and producer, is born. Her involvement in the world of adult entertainment would persist until 2015.
  • 1951 – Peter Richardson, an English actor, director, and screenwriter, is born.
  • 1951 – Roscoe Tanner, an American tennis player, is born.
  • 1951 – Rafael Vaganian, an Armenian chess player, is born.
  • 1953 – Betsy Clifford, a Canadian skier, is born.
  • 1953 – Tito Jackson, an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, is born.
  • 1953 – Larry Miller, an American actor and comedian, is born.
  • 1953 – Peter Phillips, an English conductor and musicologist, is born.
  • 1954 – Peter Bakowski, an Australian poet and educator, is born.
  • 1954 – Steve Bracks, an Australian politician who would later become the 44th Premier of Victoria, is born.
  • 1954 – Jere Burns, an American actor, makes his debut.
  • 1954 – Julia Yeomans, an English physicist and academic, is born.
  • 1955 – Kulbir Bhaura, an Indian field hockey player, is born.
  • 1955 – Emma Chichester Clark, an English author and illustrator, makes her entrance.
  • 1955 – Tanya Roberts, an American actress, is born. Her acting career would continue until 2021.
  • 1957 – Michael Caton-Jones, a Scottish actor, director, and producer, is born.
  • 1957 – Mira Nair, an Indian-American actress, director, and producer, makes her debut.
  • 1957 – Stacy Peralta, an American skateboarder, director, producer, and businessman who co-founded Powell Peralta, is born.
  • 1958 – Stephen Clarke, an English-French journalist and author, is born.
  • 1959 – Emeril Lagasse, an American chef and author, is born.
  • 1959 – Alex Paterson, an English keyboard player, is born.
  • 1959 – Sarah, Duchess of York, is born.
  • 1959 – Todd Solondz, an American actor, director, and screenwriter, is born.
  • 1961 – Vyacheslav Butusov, a Russian singer-songwriter and guitarist, is born.
  • 1963 – Stanley Menzo, a Dutch footballer and manager, is born.
  • 1964 – Roberto Vittori, an Italian colonel, pilot, and astronaut, is born.
  • 1965 – Nasser El Sonbaty, a German bodybuilder and trainer, is born. His career in bodybuilding and training would continue until 2013.
  • 1966 – Jorge Campos, a Mexican footballer and manager, is born.
  • 1966 – Bill Charlap, an American pianist and composer, is born.
  • 1966 – Ilse Huizinga, a Dutch singer, is born.
  • 1966 – Dave Stead, an English drummer, is born.
  • 1967 – Eric Benét, an American singer-songwriter, is born.
  • 1967 – Dan Forest, an American politician who would later become the 34th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, is born.
  • 1967 – Götz Otto, a German actor and screenwriter, is born.
  • 1968 – Didier Deschamps, a French footballer and manager, is born.
  • 1968 – Vanessa Marcil, an American actress, is born.
  • 1968 – Rod Wishart, an Australian rugby league player, is born.
  • 1968 – Trent Zimmerman, an Australian politician, is born.
  • 1969 – Vítor Baía, a Portuguese footballer, is born.
  • 1969 – Dominic West, an English actor and director, is born.
  • 1970 – Eric Benét, an American musician, is born.
  • 1970 – Ginuwine, an American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor, is born.
  • 1970 – Pernilla Wiberg, a Swedish skier, is born.
  • 1971 – Joey Abs, an American wrestler, is born.
  • 1971 – Andy Cole, an English footballer and coach, is born.
  • 1971 – Lauri Pilter, an Estonian author and translator, is born.
  • 1972 – Fred Hoiberg, an American basketball player and coach, is born.
  • 1972 – Matt Keeslar, an American actor, is born.
  • 1972 – Michél Mazingu-Dinzey, a German-Congolese footballer and manager, is born.
  • 1973 – Aleksandr Filimonov, a Russian footballer, is born.
  • 1973 – Maria Hjorth, a Swedish golfer, is born.
  • 1974 – Ömer Çatkıç, a Turkish footballer, is born.
  • 1974 – Bianca Rinaldi, a Brazilian actress, is born.
  • 1975 – Alessandro Doga, an Italian footballer, is born.
  • 1975 – Glen Little, an English footballer and manager, is born.
  • 1976 – Elisa Aguilar, a Spanish basketball player, is born.
  • 1976 – Christian Allen, an American video game designer, is born.
  • 1976 – Manuel Dallan, an Italian rugby player, is born.
  • 1977 – Masato Kawabata, a Japanese racing driver, is born.
  • 1977 – David Trezeguet, a French footballer, is born.
  • 1977 – Patricio Urrutia, an Ecuadorian footballer, is born.
  • 1978 – Devon Gummersall, an American actor, director, and screenwriter, is born.
  • 1978 – Wes Moore, an American politician, author, nonprofit executive, and television producer who would later become the 63rd Governor of Maryland, is born.
  • 1978 – Takeshi Morishima, a Japanese wrestler, is born.
  • 1979 – Blue Adams, an American football player and coach, is born.
  • 1979 – Bohemia, a Pakistani-American rapper and producer, is born.
  • 1979 – Jekaterina Golovatenko, an Estonian figure skater, is born.
  • 1979 – Paul Robinson, an English footballer, is born.
  • 1979 – Jaci Velasquez, an American singer-songwriter and actress, is born.
  • 1979 – Māris Verpakovskis, a Latvian footballer, is born.
  • 1980 – Tom Boonen, a Belgian cyclist, is born.
  • 1980 – Brandon Jay McLaren, a Canadian actor, is born.
  • 1981 – Keyshia Cole, an American singer-songwriter and producer, is born.
  • 1981 – Elena Dementieva, a Russian tennis player, is born.
  • 1983 – Stephy Tang, a Hong Kong singer, is born.
  • 1984 – Izale McLeod, an English footballer, is born.
  • 1984 – Johan Voskamp, a Dutch footballer, is born.
  • 1984 – Jessie Ware, an English singer-songwriter, is born.
  • 1985 – Arron Afflalo, an American basketball player, is born.
  • 1985 – Walter Alberto López, a Uruguayan footballer, is born.
  • 1985 – Marcos Martínez, a Spanish racing driver, is born.
  • 1986 – Lee Donghae, a South Korean singer-songwriter, is born.
  • 1986 – Carlo Janka, a Swiss skier, is born.
  • 1986 – Nolito, a Spanish footballer, is born.
  • 1987 – Ott Tänak, an Estonian racing driver, is born.
  • 1988 – Dominique Jones, an American basketball player, is born.
  • 1988 – Lassy Mbouity, a Congolese writer and politician, is born.
  • 1988 – Mesut Özil, a German footballer, is born.
  • 1989 – Blaine Gabbert, an American football player, is born.
  • 1989 – Anthony Joshua, a British professional boxer, is born.
  • 1989 – Leandro Antonio Martínez, an Argentinian-Italian footballer, is born.
  • 1990 – Jeon Ji-yoon, a South Korean singer-songwriter and dancer, is born.
  • 1991 – Brock Nelson, an American ice hockey player, is born.
  • 1992 – Ncuti Gatwa, a Rwandan-Scottish actor, is born.
  • 1992 – Vincent Martella, an American actor, is born.
  • 1993 – Richaun Holmes, an American basketball player, is born.
  • 1995 – Jack Flaherty, an American baseball player, is born.
  • 1995 – Jakob Pöltl, an Austrian basketball player, is born.
  • 1996 – Charly Musonda, a Belgian footballer, is born.
  • 1996 – Zelo, a South Korean rapper and dancer, is born.
  • 1999 – Bailee Madison, an American actress, is born.
October 15
October 15

October 15 Death - World Wide

Pre-1600

  • 412 – Theophilus, who served as the Patriarch of Alexandria, passes away.
  • 892 – Al-Mu’tamid, the Muslim caliph of the Abbasid Caliphate, dies.
  • 898 – Lambert of Italy, born in 880, passes away.
  • 912 – Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Umawi, a Spanish emir born in 844, passes away.
  • 925 – Rhazes, a Persian polymath born in 864, dies.
  • 961 – Abd-al-Rahman III, the caliph of Córdoba, passes away.
  • 1002 – Otto-Henry, Duke of Burgundy, born in 946, passes away.
  • 1080 – Rudolf of Rheinfelden, born in 1025, passes away.
  • 1173 – Petronilla of Aragon, born in 1135, passes away.
  • 1240 – Razia Sultana, the sultan of Delhi, born in 1205, passes away.
  • 1243 – Hedwig of Silesia, a Polish saint born in 1174, passes away.
  • 1326 – Walter Stapledon, the bishop and Lord High Treasurer of England, and his brother Sir Richard Stapledon, a judge and politician, pass away.
  • 1385 – Dionysius I, Metropolitan of Moscow, passes away.
  • 1389 – Pope Urban VI, born in 1318, passes away.
  • 1404 – Marie Valois, a French princess born in 1344, passes away.
  • 1496 – Gilbert, Count of Montpensier, born in 1443, passes away.
  • 1564 – Andreas Vesalius, a Belgian-Greek anatomist, physician, and author born in 1514, passes away.

1601–1900

  • 1674 – Robert Herrick, an English poet born in 1591, passes away.
  • 1684 – Géraud de Cordemoy, a French historian, philosopher, and lawyer born in 1626, passes away.
  • 1690 – Juan de Valdés Leal, a Spanish painter and illustrator born in 1622, passes away.
  • 1715 – Humphry Ditton, an English mathematician and philosopher born in 1675, passes away.
  • 1788 – Samuel Greig, a Scottish-Russian admiral born in 1735, passes away.
  • 1810 – Alfred Moore, an American captain and judge born in 1755, passes away.
  • 1811 – Nathaniel Dance-Holland, an English painter and politician born in 1735, passes away.
  • 1817 – Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Polish-Lithuanian general and engineer born in 1746, passes away.
  • 1819 – Sergey Vyazmitinov, a Russian general and politician, who served as the War Governor of Saint Petersburg, passes away. He was born in 1744.
  • 1820 – Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg, born in 1771, passes away.
  • 1837 – Ivan Dmitriev, a Russian poet and politician who served as the Russian Minister of Justice, passes away. He was born in 1760.
  • 1838 – Letitia Elizabeth Landon, an English poet and novelist born in 1802, passes away.
  • 1891 – Gilbert Arthur à Beckett, an English author and songwriter born in 1837, passes away.
  • 1900 – Zdeněk Fibich, a Czech pianist and composer born in 1850, passes away.

1901–present

  • 1910 – Stanley Ketchel, an American boxer, passes away at the age of 24. He was born in 1886.
  • 1917 – Mata Hari, a Dutch dancer and spy, passes away at the age of 41. She was born in 1876.
  • 1918 – Sai Baba of Shirdi, an Indian guru and saint, passes away at the age of 80. He was born in 1838.
  • 1925 – Dolores Jiménez y Muro, a Mexican revolutionary, passes away at the age of 77. Her exact birthdate is uncertain but is believed to be around 1848.
  • 1930 – Herbert Henry Dow, a Canadian-American businessman who founded the Dow Chemical Company, passes away at the age of 63. He was born in 1866.
  • 1934 – Raymond Poincaré, a French lawyer and politician who served as the 10th President of France, passes away at the age of 74. He was born in 1860.
  • 1940 – Lluís Companys, a Catalan lawyer and politician who served as the President of Catalonia, passes away at the age of 58. He was born in 1882.
  • 1945 – Pierre Laval, a French lawyer and politician who served as the 101st Prime Minister of France, passes away at the age of 61. He was born in 1883.
  • 1946 – Hermann Göring, a German general and politician, passes away at the age of 53. He was born in 1893.
  • 1948 – Edythe Chapman, an American actress, passes away at the age of 85. She was born in 1863.
  • 1955 – Fumio Hayasaka, a Japanese composer, passes away at the age of 41. He was born in 1914.
  • 1958 – Asaf Halet Çelebi, a Turkish poet and author, passes away at the age of 51. He was born in 1907.
  • 1958 – Elizabeth Alexander, a British geologist, academic, and physicist, passes away at the age of 49. She was born in 1908.
  • 1959 – Stepan Bandera, a Ukrainian soldier and politician, passes away at the age of 49. He was born in 1909.
  • 1959 – Lipót Fejér, a Hungarian mathematician and academic, passes away at the age of 79. He was born in 1880.
  • 1960 – Clara Kimball Young, an American actress and producer, passes away at the age of 69. She was born in 1890.
  • 1961 – Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala,’ an Indian poet and author, passes away at the age of 65. He was born in 1896.
  • 1963 – Horton Smith, an American golfer and captain, passes away at the age of 55. He was born in 1908.
  • 1964 – Cole Porter, an American composer and songwriter, passes away at the age of 72. He was born in 1891.
  • 1965 – Abraham Fraenkel, a German-Israeli mathematician and academic, passes away at the age of 73. He was born in 1891.
  • 1966 – Frederick Montague, 1st Baron Amwell, an English lieutenant and politician, passes away at the age of 90. He was born in 1876.
  • 1968 – Virginia Lee Burton, an American author and illustrator, passes away at the age of 58. She was born in 1909.
  • 1976 – Carlo Gambino, an Italian-American mob boss, passes away at the age of 97. He was born in 1902.
  • 1978 – W. Eugene Smith, an American photojournalist, passes away at the age of 59. He was born in 1918.
  • 1980 – Mikhail Lavrentyev, a Russian physicist and mathematician, passes away at the age of 80. He was born in 1900.
  • 1980 – Apostolos Nikolaidis, a Greek footballer and volleyball player, passes away at the age of 84. He was born in 1896.
  • 1983 – Pat O’Brien, an American actor, passes away at the age of 83. He was born in 1899.
  • 1987 – Thomas Sankara, a Burkinabe captain and politician who served as the 5th President of Burkina Faso, passes away at the age of 37. He was born in 1949.
  • 1987 – Donald Wandrei, an American author and poet, passes away at the age of 79. He was born in 1908.
  • 1988 – Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, an English composer, music critic, pianist, and writer, passes away at the age of 95. He was born in 1892.
  • 1989 – Danilo Kiš, a Serbian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator, passes away at the age of 54. He was born in 1935.
  • 1990 – Delphine Seyrig, a French actress and director, passes away at the age of 58. She was born in 1932.
  • 1993 – Aydın Sayılı, a Turkish historian and academic, passes away at the age of 80. He was born in 1913.
  • 1994 – Sarah Kofman, a French philosopher and academic, passes away at the age of 60. She was born in 1934.
  • 1995 – Bengt Åkerblom, a Swedish ice hockey player, passes away at the age of 27. He was born in 1967.
  • 1995 – Marco Campos, a Brazilian racing driver, becomes the only driver ever killed in the International Formula 3000 series at the age of 19. He was born in 1976.
  • 1999 – Josef Locke, a British-Irish soldier, policeman, tenor, and actor, passes away at the age of 81. He was born in 1917.
  • 2000 – Konrad Emil Bloch, a Polish-American biochemist and academic who received the Nobel Prize, passes away at the age of 88. He was born in 1912.
  • 2000 – Vincent Canby, an American journalist and critic, passes away at the age of 76. He was born in 1924.
  • 2001 – Chang Hsüeh-liang, a Chinese general and warlord, passes away at the age of 99. He was born in 1901.
  • 2003 – Ben Metcalfe, a Canadian journalist and activist, passes away at the age of 84. He was born in 1919.
  • 2004 – Per Højholt, a Danish poet, passes away at the age of 76. He was born in 1928.
  • 2005 – Jason Collier, an American basketball player, passes away at the age of 28. He was born in 1977.
  • 2005 – Matti Wuori, a Finnish lawyer and politician, passes away at the age of 60. He was born in 1945.
  • 2007 – Piet Boukema, a Dutch jurist and politician, passes away at the age of 74. He was born in 1933.
  • 2008 – Edie Adams, an American actress and singer, passes away at the age of 81. She was born in 1927.
  • 2008 – Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, a Turkish soldier and poet, passes away at the age of 94. He was born in 1914.
  • 2008 – Jack Narz, an American game show host and announcer, passes away at the age of 85. He was born in 1922.
  • 2009 – Heinz Versteeg, a Dutch-German footballer, passes away at the age of 70. He was born in 1939.
  • 2010 – Richard C. Miller, an American photographer, passes away at the age of 97. He was born in 1912.
  • 2010 – Mildred Fay Jefferson, an American physician and activist, passes away at the age of 84. She was born in 1926.
  • 2010 – Johnny Sheffield, an American actor, passes away at the age of 79. He was born in 1931.
  • 2011 – Betty Driver, an English actress, singer, and author, passes away at the age of 91. She was born in 1920.
  • 2012 – Claude Cheysson, a French lieutenant and politician who served as the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, passes away at the age of 92. He was born in 1920.
  • 2012 – Erol Günaydın, a Turkish actor and screenwriter, passes away at the age of 79. He was born in 1933.
  • 2012 – Maria Petrou, a Greek-English computer scientist and academic, passes away at the age of 59. She was born in 1953.
  • 2012 – Norodom Sihanouk, a Cambodian politician who served as the 1st Prime Minister of Cambodia, passes away at the age of 89. He was born in 1922.
  • 2012 – Pat Ward, an American lawyer and politician, passes away at the age of 54. He was born in 1957.
  • 2013 – Donald Bailey, an American drummer, passes away at the age of 79. He was born in 1933.
  • 2013 – Nevill Drury, an English-Australian journalist and publisher, passes away at the age of 59. He was born in 1947.
  • 2013 – Cancio Garcia, a Filipino lawyer and jurist, passes away at the age of 75. He was born in 1937.
  • 2013 – Gloria Lynne, an American singer, passes away at the age of 81. She was born in 1931.
  • 2013 – Rudy Minarcin, an American baseball player and coach, passes away at the age of 82. He was born in 1930.
  • 2013 – Hans Riegel, a German businessman, passes away at the age of 90. He was born in 1923.
  • 2014 – Giovanni Reale, an Italian philosopher and historian, passes away at the age of 82. He was born in 1931.
  • 2014 – Jiří Reynek, a Czech poet and graphic designer, passes away at the age of 85. He was born in 1929.
  • 2014 – Robert Tiernan, an American lawyer and politician, passes away at the age of 85. He was born in 1929.
  • 2014 – Nobby Wirkowski, an American-Canadian football player and coach, passes away at the age of 88. He was born in 1926.
  • 2015 – Sergei Filippenkov, a Russian footballer and manager, passes away at the age of 43. He was born in 1971.
  • 2015 – Nate Huffman, an American basketball player, passes away at the age of 40. He was born in 1975.
  • 2015 – Neill Sheridan, an American baseball player, passes away at the age of 94. He was born in 1921.
  • 2015 – Kenneth D. Taylor, a Canadian businessman and diplomat, passes away at the age of 81. He was born in 1934.
  • 2015 – Tyrone Young, an American football player, passes away at the age of 55. He was born in 1960.
  • 2017 – Chinggoy Alonzo, a Filipino theater, movie, and television actor, passes away at the age of 67. He was born in 1950.
  • 2018 – Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, philanthropist, and owner of the Seattle Seahawks, passes away at the age of 65. He was born in 1953.
  • 2021 – David Amess, a British politician and member of Parliament for Southend West, passes away at the age of 69. He was born in 1952.

October 15 Holidays- World Wide

– Commemoration of the 1987 Coup d’État (Burkina Faso)
– Observance of Breast Health Day (Europe)
– Christian Feast Day:
– Bruno of Querfurt
– Cúan of Ahascragh
– Teresa of Ávila
– Thecla of Kitzingen
– October 15 (Eastern Orthodox Liturgics)
– Evacuation Day (Tunisia)
– King Father’s Remembrance Day (Cambodia)
– National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (United States)
– Shwmae Su’mae Day (Wales)

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