Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/October 15

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This is a list of selected October 15 anniversaries that appear in 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 will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only five to six events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is generally not posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled featured article or picture of the day.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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Blurb Reason
Global Handwashing Day inappropriate tone
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 it as Oct 15 in 2010, Nov 15 in 2011, and Sept 15 in 2012, so its exact date each year may be variable.
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. date appears to have been arbitrarily chosen by Gibbon
1894Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish artillery officer in the French military, was wrongly arrested for treason. refimprove section
1917 – Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari (pictured) was executed by a firing squad for spying for Germany. lots of CN tags
1945Pierre Laval, twice head of government of Vichy France, was executed for high treason. refimprove
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. refimprove section
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
1970 – Thirty-five construction workers were killed when a section of the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne collapsed due to structural failure. refimprove
1982Ata'ollah Ashrafi Esfahani was assassinated by the People's Mujahedin of Iran while praying Friday prayer. needs copy editing
1987 – The Great Storm of 1987 hit France and England, killing at least 23 people. unreferenced section
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
2007New 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
P. G. Wodehouse (b. 1881) TFA for 2018



October 15

Air India Boeing 747
Air India Boeing 747

Al-Mu'tamid (d. 892) · Dolores Jiménez y Muro (d. 1925) · Julia Yeomans (b. 1954)

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