On October 15th

October 15 is the 288th day of the year 2019. This day will be on the 42nd week of 2019, according to the U.S. standard week number calculation. It is also a day that we remember major historical events that have shaped the World History. Some of the events include the World’s First Manned Balloon Flight, the Hurricane Hazel in Canada and its also the day when the World’s largest Military aircraft had its first test flight.

Historical Events of October 15

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1783 – World’s First Manned Balloon Flight

Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, a tutor from France, flew four minutes in the air balloon made by inventors Jacques-Ètienne Montgolfier and Joseph-Michael. The Montgolfier brothers built the World’s first balloon flight and sent the first living creature, a duck on the balloon.

1878 – Edison Electric Light Company incorporated

Thomas A. Edison founded the Edison Electric Light Company. Its primary goal was to finance Edison’s electric light experiments.

1937 – U.S.A. The Flying Fortress (Boeing XB-15)

The World’s largest Military aircraft “The Flying Fortress” construct by Boeing had its first flight test on October 15, 1937. It had a wingspan of almost 149 feet, and it was estimated to fly at 250 MPH using its 1,000 HP engines.

1940 – Charlie Chaplin’s Movie “The Great Dictator” debuts in U.S. A

Charlie Chaplin’s satirical comedy “The Great Dictator” was released in New York. The movie was all about mocking Adolf Hitler and the criminal nature of the Nazi regime.

1954 – Hurricane Hazel, Canada

Hurricane Hazel struck southern Ontario, Canada days after affecting various Caribbean countries and the American States along the eastern coastline. Eighty-one people were killed, and thousands of homes were washed away.

1990 – Russia Nobel Peace Prize

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leading role in ending the harsh Cold War between the Soviet Union and Western Powers that had been in place for approximately 50 years.

1994 – The return of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide comes back to Haiti after being in exile for three years. He was reinstated as president of Haiti and served the remaining 18 months of his first term.

2003 – The Staten Island Ferry Crash

Eleven people were killed and dozens injured when a New York ferry, transporting passengers from Manhattan, crashed into a pier on Staten Island. One thousand five hundred passengers were on board.

Famous Birthdays

Famous people born on October 15 include:

Sarah, Duchess of York

Sarah Margaret Ferguson was born on October 15, 1959. She is a British writer, film producer, T.V. personality, and charity patron. She was married to Prince Andrew, Duke of York, for ten years.

Andrew Cole, Professional Footballer

This former Manchester United and England star was born on October 15, 1971. He scored 121 goals for Manchester United, played for 12 clubs in his career and made 15 appearances for his country, England.

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David Trimble, First Prime Minister of Ireland

William David Trimble was born on October 15, 1944. He was elected the First Minister of Northern Ireland. He made history in his career through his efforts to find a peaceful solution to the constant conflict in Northern Ireland.

Famous Deaths

Some of the famous people who died on October 15 include:

Pope Urban VI

Known initially as Bartolomeo Prignano, Pope Urban VI died on October 15, 1389. He is among the top ten most controversial popes the World has ever known.

Paul Allen, Co-founder of Microsoft

Paul Allen died on October, 15th 2018, at the age of 65. He created Microsoft together with Bill Gates in 1975. He was also a renowned American businessman, investor, and philanthropist.