Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/October 15
This is a list of selected October 15 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
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|White Cane Safety Day in the United States||stub|
|Teachers' Day in Brazil;||refimprove|
|; Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in Canada and the United States||inappropriate tone|
|National Tree Planting Day in Sri Lanka||need to verify date (not sure if Sept, Oct, or Nov 15) Differing sources show is as Oct 15 in 2010, Nov 15 in 2011, and Sept 15 in 2012, so its exact date each year may be variable.|
|1966 – The Black Panther Party, a Marxist/Maoist African-American organization that promoted Black Power and self-defense in the United States, was founded in Oakland, California.||not all viewpoints represented|
|1997 – The Cassini–Huygens spacecraft mission launched from Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.||refimprove section|
|2005 – Iraqis overwhelmingly ratified the country's proposed constitution.||no footnotes|
|2007 – New Zealand Police conducted several anti-terrorism raids in relation to the discovery of an alleged paramilitary training camp in the Urewera mountain ranges, arresting 17 people and seizing four guns and 230 rounds of ammunition.||cleanup required|
- 1764 – English historian Edward Gibbon observed friars singing Vespers at Capitoline Hill in Rome, inspiring him to write The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
- 1864 – American Civil War: The Confederates captured Glasgow, Missouri, although it had little long-term benefit as Price's Missouri Expedition was defeated a week later.
- 1917 – Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari was executed by a firing squad for spying for Germany.
- 1945 – Pierre Laval, twice head of government of Vichy France, was executed for high treason.
- 1954 – Hurricane Hazel made landfall in the Carolinas in the United States before moving north to Toronto in Canada later the same day, killing a total of 176 people in both countries.
- 1965 – Vietnam War protests: The Catholic Worker Movement staged an anti-war rally in Manhattan, including the burning of draft cards, the first such act to result in arrest under a new amendment to the Selective Service Act.
- 1970 – Thirty-five construction workers were killed when a section of the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne collapsed due to structural failure.
- 1987 – The Great Storm of 1987 hit France and England, killing at least 23 people.
- 1997 – On the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, the first supersonic land speed record was set by Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green in the jet-propelled car ThrustSSC when it achieved a speed of 1,228 km/h (763 mph).
- 2003 – Shenzhou 5, China's first manned space mission, was launched, carrying astronaut Yang Liwei.
- 2005 – A march by members of the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group, in Toledo, Ohio, US, sparked a riot among protestors.
- 2011 – Global demonstrations against economic inequality, corporate influence on government, and other issues, were held in more than 950 cities in 82 countries.
- 1529 – The Siege of Vienna ended as the Austrians repelled the invading Turks, turning the tide against almost a century of unchecked conquest throughout eastern and central Europe by the Ottoman Empire.
- 1894 – Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish artillery officer in the French military, was wrongly arrested for treason.
- 1932 – Air India (aircraft pictured), the flag carrier airline of India, began operations under the name Tata Airlines.
- 1951 – Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes completed the first synthesis of norethisterone, the progestin that would later be used in one of the first two oral contraceptives.
- 2006 – An offshore earthquake measuring 6.7 Mw occurred 10 km (6 miles) southwest of the Island of Hawaii.