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On this day in history - July 15

What Happened On This Day – July 15

  • 1997 Gianni Versace is murdered by serial killer Andrew Cunanan

    The fashion designer was gunned down by Cunanan in front of his Miami, Florida home. Cunanan was thought to have killed at least 5 people before committing suicide.

  • 1996 MSNBC is launched

    The American news television channel was created by Microsoft and General Electric's NBC unit. The first show of the channel was hosted by Jodi Applegate.

  • 1983 Orly Airport attack

    A Turkish Airlines check-in counter was bombed at the Orly Airport in Paris, killing 8 people and injuring more than 50 people. The Armenian militant organization ASALA took responsibility for the attack.

  • 1955 Mainau Declaration is signed by 18 Nobel laureates

    The declaration against the use of nuclear weapons was initiated by German scientists Otto Hahn and Max Born.

  • 1799 The Rosetta Stone is found

    The ancient Egyptian rock inscribed with a decree by King Ptolemy V was found in the Egyptian port city of Rashid (Rosetta) by French Captain Pierre Bouchard.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
July 15

  • 1951 Jesse Ventura

    American wrestler, actor, politician, 38th Governor of Minnesota

  • 1950 Arianna Huffington

    Greek/American author, columnist, founded The Huffington Post

  • 1930 Jacques Derrida

    French philosopher

  • 1858 Emmeline Pankhurst

    British political activist, suffragette

  • 1606 Rembrandt

    Dutch painter

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
July 15

  • 1961 John Edward Brownlee

    Canadian politician

  • 1948 John J. Pershing

    American general

  • 1904 Anton Chekhov

    Russian physician, author

  • 1857 Carl Czerny

    Austrian pianist, composer

  • 1521 Juan Ponce de León

    Spanish explorer, 1st Governor of Puerto Rico