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Notable Historical Events for October 15th

1990Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wins Nobel Peace Prize

1905Claude Debussy's "La Mer" premieres

1940"The Great Dictator", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released.

1815Napoleon Bonaparte arrives on island of St Helena to begin his exile

1989Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howes as NHL's all time top scorer

1966LBJ signs a bill creating US Dept of Transportation

19693rd Country Music Association Award: Johnny Cash & Tammy Wynette wins

1997NY jury awards boxer Mitch Green $45,000 in civil lawsuit against Mike Tyson, for street brawl in 1988

1842Karl Marx becomes editor-in-chief of Rheinische Zeitung

1917World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany.

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Notable Birthdays on October 15th

1920Mario Puzo, NYC, novelist (Godfather, Cotton Club, Earthquake), (d. 1999)

1542Djalalud-Din Mohammed Akbar, Mughal Emperor in India (1556-1605)

1844Friedrich Nietzsche, Röcken bei Lützen, Prussia, German philosopher (Beyond Good and Evil), (d. 1900)

70 BCVirgil, (Publius Vergilius Maro) Andes, Cisalpine Gaul, Roman Republican poet (Aeneid), (d. 19 BC)

1908John Kenneth Galbraith, economist (Affluent Society-58 Hillman Award)

1955Victor Pecci, Asuncion Paraguay, tennis star

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Notable Weddings on October 15th

1501Heir to the English Prince Arthur marries Catherine of Aragon

1913Author Beatrix Potter (47) weds solicitor William Heelis at St Mary Abbots in Kensington, London

1927Writer Graham Greene (23) weds Vivien Dayrell-Browning at St. Mary's Church in Hampstead, North London

1963Folk singer Mary Travers (26) weds photographer Barry Feinstein

1980Actor Rod Taylor (50) weds Carol Kikumura

194838th US President Gerald Ford (35) weds department store fashion consultant Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer Warren (30) at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Ford

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Notable Divorces on October 15th

1993Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (31) divorces Lisa Andrews after more than 8 years of marriage

2002Comedian Tom Green (30) divorces actress Drew Barrymore (26) due to irreconcilable differences after less than a year of marriage

October 15th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on October 15th

1917Mata Hari, Dutch dancer/German spy, executed by firing squad in Paris

1946Hermann Goering, Nazi Reichmarshal, poisons himself in prison at 53

1976Carlo Gambino, Italian-American gangster, dies of a heart attack at 74

2012Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, dies from a heart attack at 89

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