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1764Edward 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

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

1928Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators

1944The Arrow Cross Party (very similar to Hitler's NSDAP (Nazi party)) takes over the power in Hungary.

17891st presidental tour-George Washington in New England

1937Ernest Hemingway novel "To Have & Have Not" published

1905Claude Debussy's "La Mer" premieres

1980George Brett is forced out of World Series with hemorrhoids

1951"I Love Lucy", starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS

1990Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wins Nobel Peace Prize

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

1976Ringo Starr releases "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"

1966LBJ signs a bill creating US Dept of Transportation

1520King Henry VIII of England orders bowling lanes at Whitehall

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

1924Pres Calvin Coolidge declares Statue of Liberty a national monument

1993Nelson Mandela & South Africa president F W de Klerk awarded Nobel Peace Prize

2000Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" debuts on HBO

1827Charles Darwin admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge

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

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

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

October 15th Historical Events
Date Event
533
Byzantine general Belisarius makes his formal entry into Carthage, having conquered it from the Vandals. 
1520
King Henry VIII of England orders bowling lanes at Whitehall 
1522
Emperor Karel I names Hernan Cortes governor of Mexico 
1552
Khanate of Kazan is conquered by troops of Ivan Grozny. 
1581
Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine", is staged in Paris 
1582
Many Catholic countries switch to Gregorian calendar, skip 10 days 
1598
Spanish general strategist Bernardino de Mendoza occupies fort Rhine 
1641
Paul de Chomedy de Maisonneuve claims Montreal 
1654
Prince Willem III appointed viceroy of Overijssel 
1655
Jews of Lublin are massacred 
1660
Asser Levy granted butcher's license (kosher meat) in New Amsterdam 
1705
English fleet under Lord Peterborough occupies Barcelona 
1724
Cornelis Steenoven is 1st archbishop of Old-Catholic church 
1756
Saxon army surrenders to Prussia 
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 
1777
Mjr James Graves Simcoe appointed commandant of Queen's Rangers (Penn) 
1783
Jean Pilstre de Rozier makes captive-balloon ascent 
1786
Earliest 32°F (0°C) recorded temp in NYC 
1789
1st presidental tour-George Washington in New England 
1815
Napoleon Bonaparte arrives on island of St Helena to begin his exile 
1827
Charles Darwin admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge 
1842
Karl Marx becomes editor-in-chief of Rheinische Zeitung 
1846
Dr William Thomas Green Morton 1st public use of ether 
1860
11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Lincoln, tells him to grow a beard 
1863
Cliff House opens in SF (1st of many on site) 
1864
Confederate troops occupy Glasgow, Missouri 
1866
Great fire in Quebec destroys 2,500 houses 
1874
Child labor law takes 12 year olds out of work force 
1877
45th Congress (1877-79) convenes 
1878
Edison Electric Light Company incorporated 
1880
Koln cathedral completed, 633 years after it begun 
1880
Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists. 
1881
1st American fishing magazine, American Angler published 
1883
Supreme Court declares Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional 
1885
Hoss Radbourne pitches his 60th win of season 
1889
Amsterdam Central Station officially opens 
1890
Alabama Penny Savings Bank organizes in Birmingham 
1894
Capt Alfred Dreyfus arrested accused of espionage in France 
1897
Aaron/Samuel Bloch carry 1st Mail Pouch 
1897
King Leopold II takes Belgian crown 
1899
Cincinnati closes season with 16-1 & 19-3 victories over Cleve Spiders 
1904
The Russians are driven back by the Japanese in the Battle of Shaho; both sides suffer high casualties: Japanese (16,000) and Russians (60,000) 
1905
Claude Debussy's "La Mer" premieres 
1905
Union workers at NVV rejects safety demands 
1912
Red Sox Tris Speaker's makes only world series unassisted double play, from the outfield 
1913
Train crash in Liverpool during "Black Week" 
1914
ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) founded 
1914
Battle of Warsaw, begins (ends Oct 21) 
1914
Clayton Anti-trust Act passed (union & strike rights) 
1917
Chicago White Sox beat NY Giants, 4 games to 2 in 14th World Series 
1917
World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany. 
1918
British Q-ship Cymric sinks British submarine J6 
1919
14 horses begin 300-mile race from Vt to Mass for $1000 prize money 
1923
NY Yankees 1st World Series win beating NY Giants, 4 games to 2 
1924
Pres Calvin Coolidge declares Statue of Liberty a national monument 
1925
Pittsburgh Pirates beat Wash Senators, 4 games to 3 in 22nd World Series 
1925
Willem Landre's opera "Beatrice" premiers in The Hague 
1926
Austria government of Seipel, forms 
1926
Philip Barry's "White Wings!" premieres in NYC 
1928
German dirigible "Graf Zeppelin" lands in Lakehurst, NJ 
1928
Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators 
1932
Tata Airlines (later to become Air India) makes its first flight. 
1933
20th Amendment to the US Constitution goes into effect: Pres term begins in Jan not March 
1933
Philadelphia Eagles play 1st NFL game, lose to NY Giants 56-0 
1935
NHL's St Louis Eagles fold 
1937
Ernest Hemingway novel "To Have & Have Not" published 
1937
Rather than accept any trade offers, the Yanks release Tony Lazzeri 
1938
Robert Sherwoods "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" premieres in NYC 
1939
LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC 
1939
Yeshiva of Mir closes after 124 years 
1940
-16] Heavy German air raid on London, 400 killed 
1940
London's Waterloo Station bombed by Germans 
1940
"The Great Dictator", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released. 
1941
1st mass deportation of German Jews to Eastern Europe 
1941
Japan Tojo regime forms 
1941
Jews caught outside Nazi Ghetto walls in occupied Poland could be put to death 
1942
German 6th Army occupies Tractorenfabriek, 3,000 Germans die 
1944
The Arrow Cross Party (very similar to Hitler's NSDAP (Nazi party)) takes over the power in Hungary. 
1945
Baseball Attendance hits record 10.28 million (Tigers 1.28 is highest) 
1946
Smallest World Series share since 1918 (Cards $3,748, Red Sox $2,140) 
1946
St Louis Cards beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 43rd World Series 
1946
Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series 
1948
China's Red army occupies Chinchov 
1949
Administration of territory of Manipur taken over by Indian government 
1949
Billy Graham begins his ministry 
1949
Tripura accedes to Indian union 
1951
"I Love Lucy" debuts on CBS TV 
1951
Egyptian parliament accept denounces Suez Canal Treaty 
1951
Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesized the first oral contraceptive 
1951
"I Love Lucy", starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS 
1952
Arthur Laurent's "Time of the Cuckoo" premieres in NYC 
1953
John Patrick's "Teahouse of the Red Moon" premieres in NYC 
1953
KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1953
WJNL (now WFAT) TV channel 19 in Johnstown, PA (IND) begins 
1954
Hurricane Hazel strikes US & Canada, 348 die 
1954
KLTV TV channel 7 in Tyler-Longview, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1956
Pyotr Bolotnikov runs world record 10k (28:42.8) 
1956
William J Brennan Jr appointed to US Supreme Court 
1956
Yankees Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series 
1957
Giants trade Minneapolis franchise to Red Sox for SF Seals-franchises only, not the players 
1958
Tunisia drops diplomatic relations with Egypt 
1958
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
1959
"Untouchables" premieres 
1959
KNDO TV channel 23 in Yakima, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1960
"Laughs & Other Events" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 8 perfs 
1962
Byron R White appointed to Supreme Court 
1962
WLOX TV channel 13 in Biloxi-Gulfport, MS (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1963
Ludwig Erhard follows Conrad Adenauer as West German Chancellor 
1964
Craig Breedlove sets auto speed record of 846.97 kph 
1964
St Louis Cardinals beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 3 in 61st World Series 
1964
NY Yankees appears in 14 & win 9 of last 16 World Series 
1965
Dodgers & Sandy Koufax win 7th game of 62nd World Series vs Twins 
1965
WEMT (now WVII) TV channel 7 in Bangor, ME (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1966
Australia bans Troggs' "I Can't Control Myself" as "terribly obscene" 
1966
LBJ signs a bill creating US Dept of Transportation 
1966
Black Panther Party was created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. 
1968
AL expansion draft, KC pick Roger Nelson & Pilots pick Don Mincher 1st 
1968
The Nationalist Party of Northern Ireland (NPNI) withdraws from its role as 'official' opposition within the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont 
1969
Bank of America World Headquarters (555 California) dedicated 
1969
Madison Square Garden TV Network begins (Rangers vs North Stars) 
1969
NY Met Ron Swoboda's spectacular diving catch of sinking liner with runners at 1st & 3rd in 9th, Mets win in 10th in World Series game 
1969
Oriole Earl Weaver becomes 1st manager ejected in a World Series 
1969
Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war 
1969
3rd Country Music Association Award: Johnny Cash & Tammy Wynette wins 
1970
Anwar Sadat elected president of Egypt 
1970
Baltimore Orioles beat Cin Reds, 4 games to 1 in 67th World Series 
1970
Bridge over Yarra River in Melbourne crashes; killing 35 
1970
Russian passenger flight hijacked to Turkey 
1971
The start of the 2,500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia. 
1972
61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2) 
1972
Omni in Atlanta opens - Hawks beat NY Knicks 109-101 
1973
7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins 
1973
Tanks attack Thailand demonstrating students, 300 killed 
1974
National Guard mobilizes to restore order in Boston school busing 
1974
Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Paul J Flory (macro molecules) 
1974
Washington Capitals 1st NHL tie, playing LA Kings to 1-1 tie 
1975
Iceland moves intl boundary from 50 to 200 miles 
1976
1st debate of major-ticket VP nominees Mondale (D) vs Dole (R) 
1976
Ringo Starr releases "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll" 
1977
Arkansas' Steve Little kicks a record tying 67 yard field goal 
1977
Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks 
1977
Don Ritchie runs world record 100 mile (11:30:51) 
1978
Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Civitan Golf Open 
1978
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1979
1st Monday night game from NYC, Jets beat Vikings 14-7 (Shea Stad) 
1979
Chinese premier Hwa Kwofeng visits Paris 
1979
Military coup in El Salvador: president/general Carlos Romero flees 
1979
NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier 
1980
George Brett is forced out of World Series with hemorrhoids 
1980
Nobel prize for economy awarded to Lawrence R Klein 
1981
NY Yankees capture 33rd AL pennant, sweeping 3 games from Oakland A's 
1981
Professional cheerleader Krazy George Henderson leads what is thought to be the first audience wave in Oakland, California. 
1983
Black Hawks & Maple Leafs combine for fastest 5 goals (84 seconds) 
1983
Columbia beats Yale 21-18 in football, will lose next 44 games 
1983
US Marine sharpshooters kill 5 snipers at Beirut International Airport 
1984
Central Intelligence Agency Information Act passes 
1984
Centrum party expels 2nd Member of parliament Janmaat due to fraud 
1985
Nobel prize for economics awarded to Franco Modigliani 
1985
Shuttle Columbia carries Spacelab into orbit 
1985
Shelley Taylor of Australia makes fastest swim ever around Manhattan Island, doing it in 6 hours 12 minutes 29 seconds 
1986
Longest post season game, Mets beat Astros 7-6 in 16 & win NL pennant 
1987
"Late Nite Comic" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 4 performances 
1987
6th Belgium government of Martens falls 
1987
Coup in Burkina Faso, president Sankara dies 
1987
Lanford Wilson's "Burn This" premieres in NYC 
1987
NFL Players Association orders an end to 24 day strike 
1987
The Great Storm of 1987 hits France and England. 
1988
Amnesty International's Global Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires 
1988
NCAA record rushing yardage (768 yards-Oklahoma) 
1988
With 2 outs in bottom of 9th, an injured Kirk Gibson hits dramatic 2 run HR to gives Dodgers a 5-4 win in 1st game of World Series 
1989
Billy Graham is given 1,900th star on Hollywood Blvd 
1989
South Africa President FW de Klerk frees ANC Founder Walter Sisulu & 4 other political prisoners 
1989
Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howes as NHL's all time top scorer 
1990
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wins Nobel Peace Prize 
1991
Clarence Thomas is confirmed as Supreme Court Justice (52-48) 
1992
Charles Taylor launches an offensive against Monrovia Liberia 
1992
Howard Stern radio show begins broadcasting on WLUP-AM, Chicago 
1992
NYC Subway motorman Robert Ray convicted of manslaughter in death of 5 riders, when he fell asleep drunk while in control of train 
1993
Amstel brewery on Curacao produces 1,000,000,000th bottle 
1993
Nelson Mandela & South Africa president F W de Klerk awarded Nobel Peace Prize 
1994
Botswana Pres Ketumile Masires BDP wins parliamentary election 
1994
Pres Jean-Baptiste Aristide returns to Haiti 
1995
Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf 
1995
Carolina Panthers win 1st game ever beating NY Jets 26-15 
1997
Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (763.035 mph) 
1997
Cleve Indians beat Balt Orioles 4 games to 2 in ALCS 
1997
Former rep Dan Rostenkowski released from custody for mail fraud 
1997
NY jury awards boxer Mitch Green $45,000 in civil lawsuit against Mike Tyson, for street brawl in 1988 
1997
US launches nuclear powered Cassini to Saturn 
2000
Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" debuts on HBO 
2001
NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io. 
2001
The first tanker loading of the new $2.5-billion Kazakh-Russia Pipeline takes place 
2003
China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission. 
2003
The Staten Island Ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi collides with a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, killing 11 people and injuring 43. 
2005
Iraqi constitution ratification vote 
2005
Riot in Toledo, Ohio breaks out during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi protest; over 100 are arrested. 
2007
17 Activists in Aotearoa New Zealand arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids across the country. 
2011
Global protests break out in 951 cities in 82 countries. 
2011
Legoland Florida (the world's largest Legoland theme park) opens in Winter Haven, Florida. 
2012
Hilary Mantel wins the 2012 Man Booker Prize for her novel Bring Up the Bodies 
2014
Kansas City Royals win the MLB 2014 American League Championship Series 
2016
Nearly 200 nations agree binding deal to cut greenhouse gases 
2016
US broadens Syria talks after failure of truce deal with Russia 
2016
North Carolina Democrats win extension of voter registration deadline 
2016
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 banned on all US flights due to fire hazard 
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