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

  • 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.
  • 1793
    Queen Marie-Antoinette of France is tried and convicted in a swift, pre-determined trial in the Palais de Justice, Paris, and condemned to death the following day.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Battle of Glasgow is fought, resulting in the surrender of Glasgow, Missouri, and its Union garrison, to the Confederacy.
  • 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.
  • 1917
    World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for the German Empire.
  • 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.
  • 1951
    Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes conducts the very last step of the first synthesis of norethisterone, the progestin that would later be used in one of the first two oral contraceptives.
  • 1953
    British nuclear test Totem 1 detonated at Emu Field, South Australia.
  • 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.
  • 1971
    The start of the 2500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia.
  • 1987
    The Great Storm of 1987 hits France and England.
  • 2001
    NASA’s Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter’s moon Io.
  • 2003
    China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
  • 2007
    Seventeen activists in New Zealand are arrested in the country’s first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids.
  • 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.
  • 2011
    Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, Florida Opens. This is the world’s largest Legoland theme park

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