15 October

October 15 is the 288th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 77 days remain until the end of the year.

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

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

Table of Contents

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

Global Celebrations

  • National Chicken Cacciatore Day
  • National White Cane Safety Day
  • World Students Day
  • World Maths Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – October 15

2003: Shenzhou 5, China’s first human space flight mission launched

Launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the middle of the Gobi desert in northern China, this launch brought the Chinese into the exclusive club of countries who have achieved manned space flight. The other countries are the USA and the Soviet Union/Russia.

1990: Mikhail Gorbachev is Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

The then President of the Soviet Union received the prestigious award given out by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, for his role in lessening tensions during the Cold War.

1987: Thomas Sankara killed

Thomas Sankara, the President of Burkina Faso, was killed during a coup led by Blaise Compaoré.

1951: I Love Lucy Airs for the First Time

The American sitcom aired on CBS and featured real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The popular show lasted for 6 years and it had several spin-offs after it went off air.

1783: World’s First Manned Balloon Flight

Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, a teacher from France, spent about 4 minutes in the air in a balloon made by flight pioneers Joseph-Michael and Jacques-Ètienne Montgolfier. The Montgolfier brothers were responsible for the world’s first balloon flight and for sending the first living being – a duck – on a balloon.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, October 15

1938: Fela Kuti, Nigerian singer-songwriter, musician, activist

1931: A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Indian scientist, politician, 11th President of India

1926: Michel Foucault, French philosopher

1881: P. G. Wodehouse, English author

1844: Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, October 15

1964: Cole Porter, American composer

1959: Stepan Bandera, Ukrainian politician

1946: Hermann Göring, German military leader, politician, Minister President of Prussia

1917: Mata Hari, Dutch spy

1817: Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish/American general

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