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October 15 Historical Events

The following events took place on October 15. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 52 events. Showing 1 - 20.

  • 1066
    Edgar the Ætheling is proclaimed King of England, but is never crowned. He reigns until 10 December 1066.
  • 1211
    Battle of the Rhyndacus: The Latin emperor Henry of Flanders defeats the Nicaean emperor Theodore I Laskaris.
  • 1529
    The Siege of Vienna ends as the Austrians rout the invading Turks, turning the tide against almost a century of unchecked conquest throughout eastern and central Europe by the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1582
    Pope Gregory XIII implements the Gregorian calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year is followed directly by October 15.
  • 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.
  • 1783
    The Montgolfier brothers’ hot air balloon (tethered) makes the first human ascent, piloted by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier.
  • 1793
    Queen Marie Antoinette of France is tried and convicted in a swift, pre-determined trial in the Palais de Justice, Paris, and condemned to death the following day.
  • 1815
    Napoleon I of France begins his exile on Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The H. L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink a ship, sinks during a test, killing its inventor, Horace L. Hunley.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Battle of Glasgow is fought, resulting in the surrender of Glasgow, Missouri and its Union garrison, to the Confederacy.
  • 1878
    The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation.
  • 1888
    The “From Hell” letter allegedly sent by Jack the Ripper is received by investigators.
  • 1894
    The Dreyfus affair: Alfred Dreyfus is arrested for spying.
  • 1904
    The Russian Baltic Fleet leaves Reval, Estonia for Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War.
  • 1910
    Airship America is launched from New Jersey in the first attempt to cross the Atlantic by a powered aircraft.
  • 1917
    World War I: At Vincennes outside Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for the German Empire.
  • 1923
    The German Rentenmark is introduced in Germany to counter hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic.
  • 1928
    The airship, Graf Zeppelin completes its first trans-Atlantic flight, landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States.
  • 1932
    Tata Airlines (later to become Air India) makes its first flight.
  • 1934
    The Soviet Republic of China collapses when Chiang Kai-shek’s National Revolutionary Army successfully encircles Ruijin, forcing the fleeing Communists to begin the Long March.

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