On This Day..... October 15

 

OCTOBER 15TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL GROUCH DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHEESE CURD DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE (1844-1900)
  • LINDA LAVIN (1937, 81)
 
  • PENNY MARSHALL (1943, 75)
  • TITO JACKSON (1953, 65)
 
  • SARAH FERGUSON (1959, 59)
  • EMERIL LAGASSE (1959, 59)
 
  • JACK MA (1964, 54)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1501, FUTURE KING ARTHUR MARRIES CATHERINE OF ARAGON
  • IN  1520, KING HENRY VIII PUTS A BOWLING ALLEY INTO HIS CASTLE AT WHITEHALL
  • IN 1581, THE FIRST BALLET IS STAGED IN PARIS
  • IN 1789, GEORGE WASHINGTON TOURS NEW ENGLAND FOR THE FIRST TIME AS PRESIDENT, THE FIRST EVER PRESIDENTIAL TOUR OF THE NATION
  • IN 1815, NAPOLEON ARRIVES ON ST. HELENA IN EXILE
 
  • IN 1860, ABRAHAM LINCOLN RECEIVES A LETTER FROM ELEVEN YEAR OLD GRACE BEDELL IN WHICH SHE SUGGESTS HE SHOULD GROW A BEARD
  • IN 1866, 2,500 HOUSES ARE DESTROYED IN THE GREAT FIRE OF QUEBEC
  • IN 1878, THOMAS EDISON INCORPORATES HIS EDISON ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY
  • IN 1880, THE COLOGNE CATHEDRAL IS COMPLETED IN GERMANY AFTER 633 YEARS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
 
  • IN 1897, AARON AND SAMUEL BLOCH ARE THE FIRST MAIL CARRIERS TO USE A POUCH
  • IN 1900, BOSTON OPENS SYMPHONY HALL
  • IN 1917, MATA HARI IS EXECUTED BY A FIRING SQUAD FOR SPYING FOR GERMANY DURING WORLD WAR I
 
  • IN 1924, PRESIDENT COOLIDGE DECLARES THE STATUE OF LIBERTY TO BE A NATIONAL MONUMENT
  • IN 1933, THE 20TH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION CHANGES THE TERM OF A PRESIDENT FROM A MARCH START TO JANUARY
  • IN 1933, THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES PLAY THEIR FIRST NFL GAME, LOSING TO THE NEW YORK GIANTS 56-0
  • IN 1937, ERNEST HEMINGWAY PUBLISHES “TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT”
 
  • IN 1939, NEW YORK CITY OPENS LAGUARDIA AIRPORT
  • IN 1940, CHARLIE CHAPLIN RELEASES “THE GREAT DICTATOR”
  • IN 1941, HIDEKI TOJO IS APPOINTED PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN
  • IN 1946, THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS BEAT THE RED SOX IN THE WORLD SERIES
 
  • IN 1946, HERMANN GOERING COMMITS SUICIDE WITH POISON IN PRISON AT 53
  • IN 1948, FUTURE PRESIDENT GERALD FORD MARRIES BETTY BLOOMER WARREN
  • IN 1951, “I LOVE LUCY” DEBUTS ON CBS
 
  • IN 1952, E.B. WHITE PUBLISHES “CHARLOTTE’S WEB”
  • IN 1954, HURRICANE HAZEL KILLS 195 PEOPLE IN NORTH CAROLINA
  • IN 1954, ABC DEBUTS “THE ADVENTURES OF RIN TIN TIN”
 
  • IN 1956, PAN AM FLIGHT 6 FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO HAWAII CRASH LANDS IN THE OCEAN BUT ALL 31 PEOPLE ON BOARD SURVIVE
  • IN 1956, LOUISIANA PASSES A LAW MAKING IT ILLEGAL FOR BLACK AND WHITE PLAYERS TO PLAY OR PRACTICE TOGETHER IN EITHER PROFESSIONAL OR AMATEUR SPORTS
  • IN 1966, PRESIDENT JOHNSON CREATES THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
  • IN 1966, HUEY NEWTON AND BOBBY SEALE CREATE THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY
  • IN 1966, THE FOUR TOPS HIT #1 WITH “REACH OUT AND I’LL BE THERE”
 
  • IN 1969, MILLIONS OF PROTESTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TAKE PART IN VIETNAM MORATORIUM DAY
  • IN 1970, ANWAR SADAT IS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF EGYPT
  • IN 1973, 300 PEOPLE ARE KILLED IN THAILAND WHEN THE GOVERNMENT USES TANKS TO END STUDENT PROTESTS
  • IN 1974, THE NATIONAL GUARD IS CALLED TO BOSTON TO RESTORE ORDER AFTER PEOPLE RIOT IN PROTEST OF SCHOOL BUSSING
 
  • IN 1976, WALTER MONDALE DEBATES BOB DOLE IN THE FIRST TELEVISED VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
  • IN 1977, DEBBIE BOONE GOES TO #1 FOR 10 WEEKS WITH “YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE”
  • IN 1980, GEORGE BRETT IS FORCED TO PULL OUT OF WORLD SERIES GAME 2 DUE TO HEMORRHOIDS. HE GOT A QUICK SURGERY AND RETURNED FOR THE NEXT GAME
 
  • IN 1983, COLUMBIA FOOTBALL DEFEATS YALE IN ITS FINAL WIN BEFORE A 44 GAME LOSING STREAK
  • IN 1986, THE RED SOX DEFEAT THE ANGELS FOR THE ALCS AND HEAD TO THE WORLD SERIES
  • IN 1987, THE NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION END A 24 DAY STRIKE
  • IN 1988, BON JOVI HAVE THE #1 ALBUM WITH “NEW JERSEY” AND UB40 HAVE THE #1 SINGLE WITH “RED RED WINE”
 
  • IN 1989, BILLY GRAHAM GETS A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
  • IN 1990, SOVIET PRESIDENT MIKHAIL GORBACHEV IS GIVEN THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
  • IN 1991, CLARENCE THOMAS IS CONFIRMED TO THE SUPREME COURT
  • IN 1992, ROBERT RAY IS CONVICTED OF MANSLAUGHTER AFTER HE FELL ASLEEP DRUNK WHILE DRIVING A NYC SUBWAY TRAIN AND KILLED FIVE RIDERS
  • IN 1993, NELSON MANDELA RECEIVES THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
 
  • IN 1994, TIMOTHY KEYS IS BORN THREE MONTHS PREMATURE, MAKING HIM 95 DAYS OLDER THAN HIS TWIN SISTER CELESTE
  • IN 1997, MITCH GREEN WINS $45,000 IN A COURT CASE AFTER GETTING INTO A FIGHT IN THE STREET WITH MIKE TYSON
  • IN 2000, LARRY DAVID DEBUTS “CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM” ON HBO
 
  • IN 2000, RADIOHEAD HITS #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART WITH “KID A” AND U2 HAVE THE #1 SINGLE WITH “BEAUTIFUL DAY”
  • IN 2002, DREW BARRYMORE AND TOM GREEN DIVORCE AFTER LESS THAN A YEAR OF MARRIAGE
  • IN 2003, 11 PEOPLE DIE WHEN THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY COLLIDES WITH THE PIER AT ST. GEORGE FERRY TERMINAL
 
  • IN 2005, IRAQ RATIFIES ITS CONSTITUTION
  • IN 2007, FOX BUSINESS NETWORK DEBUTS
  • IN 2014, BONO APOLOGIZES AFTER U2’S LATEST ALBUM IS AUTOMATICALLY DOWNLOADED TO ALL I-TUNES USERS LIBRARIES WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION
  • IN 2017, ALYSSA MILANO TWEETS OUT “#METOO” GIVING A NAME TO THE ONLINE MOVEMENT OF WOMAN SUPPORTING SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS
 

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