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November 15 Historical Events

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

Found 54 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 565
    Justin II succeeds his uncle Justinian I as emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 655
    Battle of the Winwaed: Penda of Mercia is defeated by Oswiu of Northumbria.
  • 1315
    Battle of Morgarten: The Schweizer Eidgenossenschaft ambushes the army of Leopold I.
  • 1532
    Commanded by Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistadors under Hernando de Soto meet Inca Empire leader Atahualpa for the first time outside Cajamarca, arranging a meeting on the city plaza the following day.
  • 1533
    Francisco Pizarro arrives in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire.
  • 1705
    Battle of Zsibó: Austrian-Danish victory over the Kurucs (Hungarians).
  • 1777
    American Revolutionary War: After 16 months of debate the Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.
  • 1791
    The first U.S. Catholic college, Georgetown University, opens its doors.
  • 1806
    Pike expedition: Lieutenant Zebulon Pike sees a distant mountain peak while near the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains. (It is later named Pikes Peak.)
  • 1859
    The first modern revival of the Olympic Games takes place in Athens, Greece.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Union General William Tecumseh Sherman burns Atlanta, Georgia and starts Sherman’s March to the Sea.
  • 1889
    Brazil is declared a republic by Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca as Emperor Pedro II is deposed in a military coup.
  • 1914
    Harry Turner becomes the first player to die from game-related injuries in the “Ohio League”, the direct predecessor to the National Football League.
  • 1920
    First assembly of the League of Nations is held in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 1920
    The Free City of Danzig is established.
  • 1922
    Over 1,000 are massacred during a general strike in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • 1926
    The NBC radio network opens with 24 stations.
  • 1928
    The RNLI lifeboat Mary Stanford capsized in Rye Harbour with the loss of the entire 17 man crew.
  • 1935
    Manuel L. Quezon is inaugurated as the second President of the Philippines.
  • 1939
    In Washington, D.C., US President Franklin D. Roosevelt lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Guadalcanal ends in a decisive Allied victory.
  • 1943
    The Holocaust: German SS leader Heinrich Himmler orders that Gypsies are to be put “on the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps”. (See Porajmos.)
  • 1945
    Venezuela joins the United Nations.
  • 1949
    Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte are executed for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi.
  • 1951
    Greek resistance leader Nikos Beloyannis, along with 11 resistance members, is sentenced to death by the court-martial.
  • 1955
    The first part of Saint Petersburg Metro is opened.
  • 1959
    The murders of the Clutter Family in Holcomb, Kansas, which inspired Truman Capote’s non-fiction book In Cold Blood.
  • 1966
    Project Gemini: Gemini 12 completes the program’s final mission, when it splashes down safely in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1966
    A Boeing 727 carrying Pan Am Flight 708 crashes near Berlin, Germany, killing all three people on board.
  • 1967
    The only fatality of the North American X-15 program occurs during the 191st flight when Air Force test pilot Michael J. Adams loses control of his aircraft which is destroyed mid-air over the Mojave Desert.

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