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10/15/2020 4:13:00 PM
Today In History - October 15

Reprinted By Permission
From OnThisDay.com


Today in History in 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte arrived on island of St Helena to begin his exile; in 1878 the Edison Electric Light Company was incorporated; in 1924 President Calvin Coolidge declared the Statue of Liberty a national monument; and in 1949 Billy Graham began his ministry.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1520 - King Henry VIII of England orders bowling lanes at Whitehall
  • 1581 - Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine", is staged in Paris
  • 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
  • 1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte arrives on island of St Helena to begin his exile
  • 1860 - 11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Lincoln, tells him to grow a beard
  • 1878 - Edison Electric Light Company incorporated
  • 1917 - A Parisian dancer Mata Hari is executed for espionage by the French Government after being convicted of passing military secrets to Germany
  • 1924 - President Calvin Coolidge declares the Statue of Liberty a national monument
  • 1937 - Ernest Hemingway novel "To Have & Have Not" published
  • 1940 - "The Great Dictator", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released.
  • 1949 - Billy Graham begins his ministry
  • 1951 - Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesized the first oral contraceptive
  • 1951 - "I Love Lucy", starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS
  • 1966 - LBJ signs a bill creating US Department of Transportation
  • 1969 - Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war
  • 1989 - Billy Graham is given 1,900th star on Hollywood Boulevard
  • 1993 - Nelson Mandela & South Africa president F W de Klerk awarded Nobel Peace Prize


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Famous Birthdays

  • 70 BC - Virgil, (Publius Vergilius Maro) Andes, Cisalpine Gaul, Roman Republican poet (Aeneid), (d. 19 BC)
  • 1908 - John Kenneth Galbraith, economist (Affluent Society-58 Hillman Award)
  • 1917 - Arthur Schlesinger Jr, Ohio, historian (1946 Pulitzer-Age of Jackson)
  • 1919 - Malcolm Ross, American balloonist and atmospheric physicist (d. 1985)
  • 1920 - Mario Puzo, NYC, novelist (Godfather, Cotton Club, Earthquake), (d. 1999)
  • 1924 - Mark Lenard, Chicago, Illinois, American actor (Mr Spock's dad Sarek-Star Trek)
  • 1937 - Barry McGuire, Oklahoma City, singer (Eve of Destruction)
  • 1937 - Linda Lavin, Portland Maine, actress (Alice, Barney Miller)
  • 1943 - Penny Marshall, The Bronx, New York, American actress (Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley)
  • 1946 - Richard Carpenter, New Haven Ct, vocalist (Carpenters-Close to You)

Famous Weddings

  • 1501 - Heir to the English Prince Arthur marries Catherine of Aragon
  • 1913 - Author Beatrix Potter (47) weds solicitor William Heelis at St Mary Abbots in Kensington, London
  • 1927 - Writer Graham Greene (23) weds Vivien Dayrell-Browning at St. Mary's Church in Hampstead, North London
  • 1948 - 38th US President Gerald Ford (35) weds department store fashion consultant Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer Warren (30) at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Ford
  • 1963 - Folk singer Mary Travers (26) weds photographer Barry Feinstein

Famous Divorces

  • 1993 - Guardian Angel Lisa Evers Sliwa files for divorce from Curtis Sliwa
  • 1993 - Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (31) divorces Lisa Andrews after more than 8 years of marriage
  • 2002 - Comedian Tom Green (30) divorces actress Drew Barrymore (26) due to irreconcilable differences after less than a year of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1917 - Mata Hari, Dutch dancer/German spy, executed by firing squad in Paris
  • 1983 - Pat O'Brien, actor (Some like it hot), dies of heart attack at 83
  • 2010 - Johnny Sheffield, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 2012 - Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, dies from a heart attack at 89


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