Today in History
October 15
1529Ottoman armies under Suleiman end their siege of Vienna and head back to Belgrade.
1582The Gregorian (or New World) calendar is adopted in Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal; and the preceding ten days are lost to history.
1783 Francois Pilatre de Rozier makes the first manned flight in a hot air balloon. The first flight was let out to 82 feet, but over the next few days the altitude increased up to 6,500 feet.
1813 During the land defeat of the British on the Thames River in Canada, the Indian chief Tecumseh, now a brigadier general with the British Army (War of 1812), is killed.
1863 For the second time, the Confederate submarine H L Hunley sinks during a practice dive in Charleston Harbor, this time drowning its inventor along with seven crew members.
1878Thomas A. Edison founds the Edison Electric Light Co.
1880Victorio, feared leader of the Minbreno Apache, is killed by Mexican troops in northwestern Chihuahua, Mexico.
1892An attempt to rob two banks in Coffeyville, Kan., ends in disaster for the Dalton gang as four of the five outlaws are killed and Emmet Dalton is seriously wounded.
1894Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish army officer, is arrested for betraying military secrets to Germany.
1914Congress passes the Clayton Anti-Trust Act, which labor leader Samuel Gompers calls "labor's charter of freedom." The act exempts unions from anti-trust laws; strikes, picketing and boycotting become legal; corporate interlocking directorates become illegal, as does setting prices which would effect a monopoly.
1924 German ZR-3 flies 5000 miles, the furthest Zeppelin flight to date.
1941Odessa, a Russian port on the Black Sea which has been surrounded by German troops for several weeks, is evacuated by Russian troops.
1945 Vichy French Premier Pierre Laval is executed by a firing squad for his wartime collaboration with the Germans.
1950 President Harry Truman meets with General Douglas MacArthur at Wake Island to discuss U.N. progress in the Korean War.
1964Nikita Khrushchev is replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as leader of the Soviet Union.




Born on October 15
70 BCVirgil (Publius Vergilius Maro), Roman poet.
1830Helen Hunt Jackson, writer and poet.
1844Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher and writer.
1881P.G. Wodehouse, novelist and playwright.
1905C.P. Snow, novelist.
1908John Kenneth Galbraith, economist, writer and diplomat.
1910Torbjorn Oskar Caspersson, Swedish cytologist and geneticist.
1917Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
1920Mario Puzo, novelist and screenwriter best known for The Godfather.
1923Italo Calvino, Italian novelist.

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