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1520King Henry VIII of England orders bowling lanes at Whitehall

1764Edward 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

17891st presidental tour-George Washington in New England

1815Napoleon Bonaparte arrives on island of St Helena to begin his exile

1827Charles Darwin admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge

1842Karl Marx becomes editor-in-chief of Rheinische Zeitung

1905Claude Debussy's "La Mer" premieres

1917World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany.

1924Pres Calvin Coolidge declares Statue of Liberty a national monument

1928Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators

1937Ernest Hemingway novel "To Have & Have Not" published

1940"The Great Dictator", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released.

1944The Arrow Cross Party (very similar to Hitler's NSDAP (Nazi party)) takes over the power in Hungary.

1951"I Love Lucy", starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS

1966LBJ signs a bill creating US Dept of Transportation

19693rd Country Music Association Award: Johnny Cash & Tammy Wynette wins

1976Ringo Starr releases "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"

1980George Brett is forced out of World Series with hemorrhoids

1989Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howes as NHL's all time top scorer

1990Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wins Nobel Peace Prize

1993Nelson Mandela & South Africa president F W de Klerk awarded Nobel Peace Prize

1997NY jury awards boxer Mitch Green $45,000 in civil lawsuit against Mike Tyson, for street brawl in 1988

On This Day In History
Date Event
Oct 15, 533
Byzantine general Belisarius makes his formal entry into Carthage, having conquered it from the Vandals. 
Oct 15, 1520
King Henry VIII of England orders bowling lanes at Whitehall 
Oct 15, 1522
Emperor Karel I names Hernan Cortes governor of Mexico 
Oct 15, 1552
Khanate of Kazan is conquered by troops of Ivan Grozny. 
Oct 15, 1581
Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine", is staged in Paris 
Oct 15, 1582
Many Catholic countries switch to Gregorian calendar, skip 10 days 
Oct 15, 1598
Spanish general strategist Bernardino de Mendoza occupies fort Rhine 
Oct 15, 1641
Paul de Chomedy de Maisonneuve claims Montreal 
Oct 15, 1654
Prince Willem III appointed viceroy of Overijssel 
Oct 15, 1655
Jews of Lublin are massacred 
Oct 15, 1660
Asser Levy granted butcher's license (kosher meat) in New Amsterdam 
Oct 15, 1705
English fleet under Lord Peterborough occupies Barcelona 
Oct 15, 1724
Cornelis Steenoven is 1st archbishop of Old-Catholic church 
Oct 15, 1756
Saxon army surrenders to Prussia 
Oct 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 
Oct 15, 1777
Mjr James Graves Simcoe appointed commandant of Queen's Rangers (Penn) 
Oct 15, 1783
Jean Pilstre de Rozier makes captive-balloon ascent 
Oct 15, 1786
Earliest 32°F (0°C) recorded temp in NYC 
Oct 15, 1789
1st presidental tour-George Washington in New England 
Oct 15, 1815
Napoleon Bonaparte arrives on island of St Helena to begin his exile 
Oct 15, 1827
Charles Darwin admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge 
Oct 15, 1842
Karl Marx becomes editor-in-chief of Rheinische Zeitung 
Oct 15, 1846
Dr William Thomas Green Morton 1st public use of ether 
Oct 15, 1860
11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Lincoln, tells him to grow a beard 
Oct 15, 1863
Cliff House opens in SF (1st of many on site) 
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