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Calendar for October 15th, 2014

Every Year

  • Born : Virgil (Roman poet, born 70 B.C.)

  • 1580s

  • 1582: First day of conversion to Gregorian calendar from Julian for several countries (Poland, Spain, Italy, Portugal), due to Pope Gregory XIII's decree. Great Britain and colonies did not convert until 1752

  • 1840s

  • Born 1844: Friedrich Nietzsche (philosopher)

  • 1880s

  • 1881: American Angler, the first fishing magazine in the U.S., was published in Philadelphia, PA

  • Born 1881: P. G. Wodehouse (author, humorist)

  • 1900s

  • 1900: Symphony Hall in Boston was inaugurated as the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

  • Born 1905: C.P. Snow (novelist)

  • 1910s

  • 1917: Mata Hari, one of history's most famous spies, was executed

  • 1920s

  • 1924: Statue of Liberty designated as a National Monument

  • Born 1924: Lee Iacocca (businessman)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1937: Linda Lavin (actress)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1942: Penny Marshall (actress & director)

  • Born 1945: Jim Palmer (baseball player)

  • Born 1946: Richard Carpenter (musician)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1959: Emeril Lagasse (chef)

  • Born 1959: Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York)

  • 1960s

  • Died 1960: Clara Kimball Young (actress)

  • Died 1964: Cole Porter (composer)

  • 1966: President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill creating the Department of Transportation

  • 1970s

  • 1979: An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale shook southern California

  • 1990s

  • 1991: Veterans Memorial Bridge opened, Port Arthur-Bridge City, Texas

  • 1997: Andy Green became the first person to break the sound barrier in a land-based vehicle, at 763.035 mph

  • 2000s

  • 2003: In New York, the Staten Island ferry plowed into a pier killing 10 people and injuring 42 more

  • 2003: China launched its first manned space mission becoming the third country in history to send a person into orbit — four decades after the Soviet Union and the United States

  • 2006: A magnitude 6.6 earthquake occurred near Kailua-Kona on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii

  • Died 2008: Edie Adams (actress & singer)


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