15 July

15 July

July 15 is the 196th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 169 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about July 15th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about July 15th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • World Youth Skills Day
  • National Gummi Worm Day
  • National Orange Chicken Day
  • National Tapioca Pudding Day
  • National Pet Fire Safety Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – July 15

2006: Twitter, later one of the largest social media platforms in the world is launched on 15th July 2006.

1997: Gianni Versace is murdered by serial killer Andrew Cunanan

The fashion designer was gunned down by Cunanan in front of his Miami, Florida home. Cunanan was thought to have killed at least 5 people before committing suicide.

1996: MSNBC is launched

The American news television channel was created by Microsoft and General Electric’s NBC unit. The first show of the channel was hosted by Jodi Applegate.

1983: Orly Airport attack

A Turkish Airlines check-in counter was bombed at the Orly Airport in Paris, killing 8 people and injuring more than 50 people. The Armenian militant organization ASALA took responsibility for the attack.

1975: The first joint international space mission in 1975

1955: Mainau Declaration is signed by 18 Nobel laureates

The declaration against the use of nuclear weapons was initiated by German scientists Otto Hahn and Max Born.

1799: The Rosetta Stone is found

The ancient Egyptian rock inscribed with a decree by King Ptolemy V was found in the Egyptian port city of Rashid (Rosetta) by French Captain Pierre Bouchard.

The Soyuz 19 and Apollo 18 launched at Baikonour Site and Kennedy site. Soyuz 19 and Apollo 18 was the very first international space mission carried out jointly by the Soviet Union and United States.

1975: The first joint international space mission in 1975

1966: A Marine Corps helicopter was hit by anti-aircraft fire in Vietnam on July 15, 1966

A Marine Corps helicopter hit by anti-aircraft fire in Vietnam on July 15, 1966

1945: The first detonation of an atomic bomb, code name Trinity, in the New Mexico desert on July 15, 1945. Photo by Jack Aeby.

The first detonation of an atomic bomb, code name Trinity, in the New Mexico desert on July 15, 1945. Photo by Jack Aeby.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, July 15

1951: Jesse Ventura, American wrestler, actor, politician, 38th Governor of Minnesota

1950: Arianna Huffington, Greek/American author, columnist, founded The Huffington Post

1930: Jacques Derrida, French philosopher

1858: Emmeline Pankhurst, British political activist, suffragette

1606: Rembrandt, Dutch painter

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, July 15

1961: John Edward Brownlee, Canadian politician

1948: John J. Pershing, American general

1904: Anton Chekhov, Russian physician, author

1857: Carl Czerny, Austrian pianist, composer

1521: Juan Ponce de León, Spanish explorer, 1st Governor of Puerto Rico


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