About July 15

July 15, 2021 is the 196th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 169 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Cancer is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 201 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On July 15

  • 1099
    First Crusade: Christian soldiers take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the final assault of a difficult siege.
  • 1149
    The reconstructed Church of the Holy Sepulchre is consecrated in Jerusalem.
  • 1240
    Swedish-Novgorodian Wars: a Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeats the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva.
  • 1381
    John Ball, a leader in the Peasants’ Revolt, is hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of King Richard II of England.
  • 1410
    Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War: Battle of Grunwald – the allied forces of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeat the army of the Teutonic Order.
  • 1789
    Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, is named by acclamation colonel-general of the new National Guard of Paris.
  • 1815
    Napoleonic Wars: Napoléon Bonaparte surrenders aboard HMS Bellerophon.
  • 1823
    A fire destroys the ancient Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.
  • 1838
    Ralph Waldo Emerson delivers the Divinity School Address at Harvard Divinity School, discounting Biblical miracles and declaring Jesus a great man, but not God. The Protestant community reacts with outrage.
  • 1888
    The stratovolcano Mount Bandai erupts killing approximately 500 people, in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
  • 1910
    In his book Clinical Psychiatry, Emil Kraepelin gives a name to Alzheimer’s disease, naming it after his colleague Alois Alzheimer.
  • 1955
    Eighteen Nobel laureates sign the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others.
  • 1959
    The steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.
  • 1974
    In Nicosia, Cyprus, Greek Junta-sponsored nationalists launch a coup d'état, deposing President Makarios and installing Nikos Sampson as Cypriot president.
  • 1975
    Space Race: Apollo–Soyuz Test Project features the dual launch of an Apollo spacecraft and a Soyuz spacecraft on the first joint Soviet-United States human-crewed flight. It was both the last launch of an Apollo spacecraft, and the Saturn family of rockets.
  • 1979
    U.S. President Jimmy Carter gives his so-called “malaise” speech, where he characterizes the greatest threat to the country as “this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation” but in which he never uses the word malaise
  • 1980
    A massive storm tears through western Wisconsin, causing US$160 million in damage.
  • 2002
    “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.
  • 2003
    AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.
  • 2009
    Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 crashes in northwestern Iran, killing all 153 aboard.

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