About October 15

October 15, 2024 is the 289th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 77 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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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 106 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.
  • 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.
  • 1815
    Napoleon I of France begins his exile on Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1880
    Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists.
  • 1917
    World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for the German Empire.
  • 1928
    The airship, Graf Zeppelin completes its first trans-Atlantic flight, landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    World War II: The former premier of Vichy France Pierre Laval is shot by a firing squad for treason.
  • 1953
    British nuclear test Totem 1 detonated at Emu Field, South Australia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2001
    NASA’s Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter’s moon Io.
  • 2003
    The Staten Island Ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi runs into a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, killing 11 people and injuring 43.
  • 2011
    Global protests break out in 951 cities in 82 countries.
  • 2011
    Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, Florida Opens. This is the world’s largest Legoland theme park

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