About October 15

October 15, 2021 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.

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Libra is the sun 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.

What Happened On October 15

  • 1529
    The Siege of Vienna ends as the Austrians rout the invading Turks, turning the tide against almost a century of unchecked conquest throughout eastern and central Europe by the Ottoman Empire.
  • 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.
  • 1878
    The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation.
  • 1880
    Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists.
  • 1894
    The Dreyfus affair: Alfred Dreyfus is arrested for spying.
  • 1910
    Airship America launched from New Jersey in the first attempt to cross the Atlantic by a powered aircraft.
  • 1932
    Tata Airlines (later to become Air India) makes its first flight.
  • 1939
    The New York Municipal Airport (later renamed La Guardia Airport) is dedicated.
  • 1944
    The Arrow Cross Party (very similar to Hitler’s NSDAP (Nazi party)) takes power in Hungary.
  • 1945
    World War II: The former premier of Vichy France Pierre Laval is shot by a firing squad for treason.
  • 1956
    Fortran, the first modern computer language, is shared with the coding community for the first time.
  • 1966
    Black Panther Party is created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.
  • 1970
    The domestic Soviet Aeroflot Flight 244 is hijacked and diverted to Turkey.
  • 1970
    Thirty-five construction workers are killed when a section of the new West Gate Bridge in Melbourne collapses.
  • 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 Cassini probe launches from Cape Canaveral on its way to Saturn.
  • 2003
    China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
  • 2005
    A riot in Toledo, Ohio breaks out during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi protest; over 100 are arrested.
  • 2008
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 733.08 points, or 7.87%, the second worst day in the Dow’s history based on a percentage drop.

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