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On this day in history - September 15

What Happened On This Day – September 15

  • 2008 Lehman Brothers file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection. This was the largest bankruptcy in US history.

  • 1981 John Bull becomes the oldest operable locomotive

    The steam locomotive manufactured by the British and operated in New Jersey, US became the world's oldest and still operable locomotive when the Smithsonian operated it on this day. It was first put to use on September 15, 1831.

  • 1963 A Ku Klux Klan bomb kills 4 young African-American girls

    4 members of the white supremacy group, set off a timed bomb at the 16th Street Baptist Church, a predominantly black church in Birmingham, Alabama. The bombings marked a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement in America.

  • 1935 Nuremberg laws instituted by the Nazi party are put into force

    The laws revoked citizenship for Jews, forbade them from having relationships with people of non-Jewish origin and made the swastika the official symbol of Germany.

  • 1894 Battle of Pyongyang ends with decisive Japanese victory

    The battle was a major land battle took place between the forces of Meiji Japan and Qing China during the First Sino-Japanese War.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
September 15

  • 1955 Renzo Rosso

    Italian fashion designer, businessman, co-founded Diesel Clothing

  • 1954 Hrant Dink

    Turkish/Armenian journalist

  • 1946 Oliver Stone

    American director, screenwriter, producer

  • 1890 Agatha Christie

    English author

  • 1254 Marco Polo

    Italian explorer

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
September 15

  • 2007 Colin McRae

    Scottish race car driver

  • 1980 Bill Evans

    American pianist, composer

  • 1938 Thomas Wolfe

    American author

  • 1859 Isambard Kingdom Brunel

    English engineer, designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge

  • 1842 Francisco Morazán

    Guatemalan lawyer, politician