About October 15

October 15, 2022 is the 288th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 77 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 99 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.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The H. L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink a ship, sinks during a test, killing its inventor, Horace L. Hunley.
  • 1880
    Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists.
  • 1894
    The Dreyfus affair: Alfred Dreyfus is arrested for spying.
  • 1928
    The airship, Graf Zeppelin completes its first trans-Atlantic flight, landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1966
    Black Panther Party is created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.
  • 1979
    Black Monday in Malta. The Building of the Times of Malta, the residence of the opposition leader Eddie Fenech Adami and several Nationalist Party clubs are ransacked and destroyed by supporters of the Malta Labour Party.
  • 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.
  • 2003
    China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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