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On this day in history - October 15

What Happened On This Day – October 15

  • 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 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.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
October 15

  • 1938 Fela Kuti

    Nigerian singer-songwriter, musician, activist

  • 1931 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

    Indian scientist, politician, 11th President of India

  • 1926 Michel Foucault

    French philosopher

  • 1881 P. G. Wodehouse

    English author

  • 1844 Friedrich Nietzsche

    German philosopher

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
October 15

  • 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 Kościuszko

    Polish/American general