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On This Day in History, November 15

What Happened On This Day – November 15

  • 2006 Al Jazeera English launched

    The English language 24-hour news channel is owned and run by Al Jazeera Media Network based in Doha, Qatar.

  • 1988 State of Palestine created

    The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) declared the creation of the state while in exile in Algiers, Algeria. The declaration designated eastern Jerusalem as the state's capital. Today, almost 70% of all UN members state recognize it as an independent country.

  • 1956 Elvis Presley makes his movie debut

    Love Me Tender, a black-and-white musical starred the American singer, who is also sometimes called the King of Rock and Roll. The movie was named after Presley's hit single by the same name.

  • 1949 Assassins of MK Gandhi Executed in India

    Nathuram Godse, Narayan Apte and 6 other co-conspirators of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi were hanged at the Ambala jail. On January 30, 1948, Godse who was unhappy about Gandhi's accommodation of India's Muslims shot Gandhi while he was out for his evening prayers.

  • 1920 League of Nations meets for the first time

    The general assembly of the international organization got together for the first time after being founded in January 1920. The League was created as a response to World War I and was entrusted by member states to maintain peace in the world.

Births On This Day – November 15

  • 1942 Daniel Barenboim

    Argentine/Israeli conductor, pianist

  • 1891 Erwin Rommel

    German field marshal

  • 1887 Georgia O'Keeffe

    American painter

  • 1886 René Guénon

    French/Egyptian author

  • 1708 William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

    English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Deaths On This Day – November 15

  • 1983 John Le Mesurier

    English actor

  • 1978 Margaret Mead

    American anthropologist

  • 1917 Émile Durkheim

    French sociologist

  • 1908 Empress Dowager Cixi

    of China

  • 1630 Johannes Kepler

    German astronomer

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