Monday, 15 October 2018

Today in History

On This Day: October 15

1858 John L Sullivan, American heavyweight boxing champion

1881 Sir P.G Wodehouse, Novelist, creator of 'Jeeves and Wooster'

1905 C.P Snow, English author

1925 Mickey Baker, Of the singing group 'Mickey and Sylvia'

1937 Barry Mcguire, Pop singer

1946 Richard Carpenter, Former member of the 'Carpenters' duo

1947 Chris Deburgh, Argentine born Pop singer

1959 The Duchess of York

1844 Friedrich Nietzsche
German philosopher

1938 Fela kuti,Nigerian musician, songwriter and activist

1928 The airship 'Graf Zeppelin' made its first transatlantic flight

1946 Herman Goering killed himself by taking poison, hours before he was due to hang for war crimes

1956 The last RAF Lancaster bomber was retired from service

1962 Amnesty International was formed in London

1970 In Melbourne, Australia's biggest bridge, the West Gate Bridge, collapsed killing 33 people

1987 Fiji was made a republic, after belonging to Britain since 1874

2003 Shenzhou 5, China's first human space flight mission launched
Launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the middle of the Gobi desert in northern China, this launch brought the Chinese into the exclusive club of countries who have achieved manned space flight. The other countries are the USA and the Soviet Union/Russia.

1990 Mikhail Gorbachev is Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
The then President of the Soviet Union received the prestigious award given out by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, for his role in lessening tensions during the Cold War.

1987 Thomas Sankara was killed
Thomas Sankara, the President of Burkina Faso, was killed during a coup led by Blaise Compaoré.

1951 I Love Lucy Airs for the First Time.
The American sitcom aired on CBS and featured real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The popular show lasted for 6 years and it had several spin-offs after it went off air.

1783 World’s First Manned Balloon Flight
Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, a teacher from France, spent about 4 minutes in the air in a balloon made by flight pioneers Joseph-Michael and Jacques-Ètienne Montgolfier. The Montgolfier brothers were responsible for the world’s first balloon flight and for sending the first living being – a duck – on a balloon.

1964 Cole Porter
American composer

1959 Stepan Bandera
Ukrainian politician

1946 Hermann Göring
German military leader, politician, Minister President of Prussia

1917 Mata Hari
Dutch spy

1817 Tadeusz Kościusz



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