About October 15

October 15, 2020 is the 289th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 77 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 120 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 15

  • 1582
    Pope Gregory XIII implements the Gregorian calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year is followed directly by October 15.
  • 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.
  • 1783
    The Montgolfier brothers’ hot air balloon marks the first human ascent, by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, (tethered balloon).
  • 1878
    The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation.
  • 1880
    Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists.
  • 1888
    The “From Hell” letter sent by Jack the Ripper is received by investigators.
  • 1894
    The Dreyfus affair: Alfred Dreyfus is arrested for spying.
  • 1917
    World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for the German Empire.
  • 1932
    Tata Airlines (later to become Air India) makes its first flight.
  • 1940
    The President of Catalonia, Lluís Companys, is executed by the Spanish dictatorship of Francisco Franco, making him the only European president to have been executed.
  • 1953
    British nuclear test Totem 1 detonated at Emu Field, South Australia.
  • 1956
    Fortran, the first modern computer language, is shared with the coding community for the first time.
  • 1965
    Vietnam War: The Catholic Worker Movement stages an anti-war rally in Manhattan including a public burning of a draft card; the first such act to result in arrest under a new amendment to the Selective Service Act.
  • 1969
    Vietnam War; The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam is held in Washington DC and across the US. Over 2 million demonstrate nationally; about 250,000 in the nation’s capitol.
  • 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.
  • 1971
    The start of the 2500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia.
  • 1989
    Wayne Gretzky becomes the all-time leading points scorer in the NHL.
  • 1997
    The Cassini probe launches from Cape Canaveral on its way to Saturn.
  • 2011
    Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, Florida Opens. This is the world’s largest Legoland theme park

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