This Day in History for 15th November

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 187

655 - Battle of Winwaed: Penda of Mercia is defeated by Oswiu of Northumbria.
1315 - Battle of Morgarten: Swiss beat duke Leopold I of Austria
1348 - Rudolph of Oron claims Jews have confessed to poisoning wells
1491 - Anne of Brittany becomes devoted to end "la guerre folle"
1492 - Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco
1492 - In La Guardia, Spain, 6 Jews & 5 Conversos are accused of ritual murder
1515 - Thomas Cardinal Wolsey is invested as a Cardinal
1527 - Treaty of Beautiful garden (emperor-ecclesiastical goods)
1532 - Pope Clemens VII tells Henry VIII to end relationship with Anna Boleyn
1533 - Francisco Pizarro arrives at Cuzco
1577 - Sir Francis Drake aboard Pelican travels from Chile to Washington
1583 - Gelders Earl Willem of the Bergh flees
1660 - 1st kosher butcher (Asser Levy) licensed in NYC (New Amsterdam)
1679 - English house of Commons accept Exclusion Bill
1688 - Prince Willem III's army lands at Torbay, England; the 'Glorious Revolution' commences
1715 - Barrier Treaty, Austria cedes area to Netherlands
1727 - NY General assembly permits Jews to omit phrase "upon the faith of a Christian" from abjuration oath
1763 - Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania & Maryland
1777 - Articles of Confederation adopted by Continental Congress
Spanish Conquistador Francisco PizarroSpanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro 1791 - 1st Catholic college in US, Georgetown, opens
1806 - 1st US college magazine, Yale Literary Government, publishes 1st issue
1806 - Explorer Zebulon Pike sights Pikes Peak (Colorado)
1813 - Allied troops occupies Groningen
1813 - Tax revolt in Amsterdam
1824 - Series of fires kills 10 in Edinburgh, Scotland
1826 - Dutch Business Me gets monopoly on opium trade in Java/Madura
1827 - Creek-indians lose all their property in US
1832 - Felix Mendelssohn's "Reformation," premieres
1835 - Charles Darwin reaches Tahiti on board HMS Beagle
1837 - Isaac Pitman introduces his shorthand system
1845 - Opera "Maritana" is produced (London)
1849 - 1st US poultry show opens in Boston
1854 - In Egypt, the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, is given the necessary royal concession.
1864 - 1st US mines school opens in basement of Columbia University, NY
Naturalist Charles DarwinNaturalist Charles Darwin 1864 - Union Major General Sherman leaves Atlanta on the "March to the Sea"
1869 - Free postal delivery formally inaugurated
1870 - Bathe becomes member of Noordduitse Union
1881 - American Federation of Labor (AFL) founded (Pittsburgh)
1882 - British HMS Flirt destroys village of Asaba Niger
1884 - Colonization of Africa orgainized at Intl conference in Berlin
1887 - British SS Wah Yeung catches fire on Canton River off Hong Kong
1889 - Dom Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil, deposed; republic proclaimed
1899 - Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill captured by Boers in Natal
1901 - James J Jeffries TKOs Gus Ruhlin in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in San Francisco
1902 - Leopold II, King of Belgium almost assassinated by Italian anarchist
1903 - Eugen d'Alberts opera "Tiefland" premieres in Prague
1904 - King C Gillette patents Gillette razor blade
1911 - Proclamation sets designs for Canadian $5 & $10 gold coins
1914 - Ital socialist Benito Mussolini founds newspaper Il populo d'italia
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston ChurchillSoldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill 1919 - Senate 1st invokes cloture to end a filibuster (Versailles Treaty)
1920 - Ernst Toller's "Massen und Menschen" premieres in Neurenberg
1920 - Free City of Danzig forms under League of Nations protection
1920 - League of Nations holds 1st meeting, in Geneva
1921 - KYW-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions
1922 - British Conservative Party wins election; /Labour Party comes second
1924 - Dutch Christian Radio Society (NCRV) forms
1926 - 1st formal radio network, RCA takes over AT&T 25 station Network (NBC)
1926 - AT&T sells WEAF radio to RCA (NYC)
1932 - Walt Disney Art School created
1934 - Nobel for chemistry awarded to Harold C Urey (deuterium)
1935 - Commonwealth of Philippines inaugurated
1936 - Nazi-Germany & Japan sign Anti-Komintern pact
1937 - 1st congressional session in air-conditioned chambers
1938 - 1st telecast of an unscheduled event (fire), W2XBT, NY
1938 - Farewell Parade of International Brigades in Barcelona
1939 - Anti-German demonstrations in Czechoslovakia
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1939 - FDR lays cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial in Wash DC
1939 - Nazis begin mass murder of Warsaw Jews
1939 - Social Security Administration approves 1st unemployment check
1940 - 1st 75,000 men called to armed forces duty during peacetime
1940 - 1st black to sign hockey contract-Arthur Dorrington & AC Seagulls
1940 - NY Midtown tunnel linking Manhattan and Queens opens to traffic
1941 - Cow Palace opens in San Francisco
1941 - Yugoslav government in exile names Draza Mihailovic premier
1942 - World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219.
1944 - Surprise attack on office of Nethche Bank
1945 - The rules are revised for election of modern players to the Hall of Fame
1946 - House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) interrogates astronomer Harlow Shapley
1946 - Ted Williams is picked as AL MVP
1947 - Bradman scores his 100th 100, 172 v Indians at the SCG
1947 - Soccer team GVVV forms in Veenendaal
Baseball Player Ted WilliamsBaseball Player Ted Williams 1948 - William Lyon Mackenzie King retires as PM of Canada
1949 - KRON TV channel 4 in San Francisco, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1949 - WSAZ TV channel 3 in Huntington-Charleston, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast
1950 - Arthur Dorrington, 1st black man in organized hockey is signed (Atl City Seagulls of Eastern Amateur Hockey League)
1951 - Cricket 1st-class debut of Hanif Mohammad, Pak XI v MCC, Lahore
1951 - NY Yankee Gil McDougald wins AL Rookie of Year
1953 - WIBW TV channel 13 in Topeka, KS (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 - WRBL TV channel 3 in Columbus, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 - 1st regularly scheduled commercial flights over North Pole begins
1955 - Poland & Yugoslavia sign trade agreement
1956 - "Li'l Abner" opens at St James Theater NYC for 693 performances
1956 - Elvis Presley's 1st film "Love Me Tender" premieres in NYC
1957 - US sentences Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel to 30 years & $3,000
1959 - Richard "Dick" Hickock and Perry Smith murder four members of the Clutter Family at their farm outside Holcomb, Kansas (subject of Truman Capote book In Cold Blood).
1959 - Cleveland Browns' halfback Bobby Mitchell sets club record for longest run from scrimmage (90-yards), beat Wash 31-17
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley 1960 - Elgin Baylor of NBA LA Lakers scores 71 points vs NY Knicks
1960 - USS G Washington, 1st sub with nuclear ballistic missiles, launched
1961 - Comet C/1961 T1 (Seki) approaches within 0.1019 AUs of Earth
1961 - Roger Maris is voted AL MVP

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 201

1316 - Jean I, King of France (Nov 15-19, 1316) (he lived only 5 days)
1397 - Nicholas V, [Tommaso Parentucelli], Italy, Pope (1447-55)
1498 - Eleonore of Austria, Queen of Portugal and France (d. 1558)
1556 - Jacques-Davy Duperron, French cardinal (d. 1618)
1559 - Albrecht, arch duke of Austrian/cardinal-archbishop of Toledo
1604 - Davis Mell, composer
1607 - Madeleine de Scudéry, French writer (d. 1701)
1619 - Philips Koninck, Amsterdams painter/etcher
1640 - Nicolaus Adam Strungk, composer
1660 - Hermann von der Hardt, German historian (d. 1746)
1661 - Christoph von Graffenried, Swiss settler in Americas (d. 1743)
1688 - Louis Bertrand Castel, French mathematician (d. 1757)
1692 - Eusebius Amort, German Catholic theologian (d. 1775)
1696 - Gerhardus Havingha, composer
1705 - Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, composer
1708 - William Pitt the Elder, London, British Prime Minister (Whig, 1756-61, 66-68), `Great Commoner', (d. 1778)
1731 - William Cowper, English lawyer/poet (John Gilpin) [OS]
1738 - F William Herschel, German/English astronomer (discovered Uranus)
1741 - Johann C Lavater, Swiss vicar/philosopher
British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner) William Pitt the ElderBritish Prime Minister (The Great Commoner) William Pitt the Elder (1708) 1746 - Joseph Quesnel, French Canadian composer and playwright (d. 1809)
1755 - Jan Blanken, Dutch hydraulic engineer
1757 - Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher, Danish surgeon (d. 1830)
1774 - William Horsley, composer
1775 - Georges-Julien Sieber, composer
1784 - Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia (d. 1860)
1793 - Michel Chasles, French mathematician (geometry)
1800 - George Rodwell, composer
1814 - Pleasant Adam Hackleman, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1862
1815 - John Banvard, NYC, painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas)
1816 - Joseph Bennett Plummer, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1862
1829 - Petrus A S van Limburg Brouwer, MP/critic (Akbar)
1836 - Pierce Manning Butler Young, Mjr Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1896
1840 - Aleksei N Apuchtin, Russian poet/friend of Tsjaikovski [NS=11/27]
1859 - Christopher Hornsrud, Prime Minister of Norway (d. 1960)
1862 - Adolf Bartels, German folk art writer
Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart HauptmannAuthor and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann (1862) 1862 - Gerhart Hauptmann, Obersalzbrunn, Germany, author (Before Dawn-Nobel 1912), (d. 1946)
1872 - Robert marquess of Flers, French author (Habit Vert)
1874 - August Krogh [Schack], Denmark, zoophysiologist (arterioles and capillaries, Nobel-1920), (d. 1949)
1874 - Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (d. 1941)
1878 - Bela Reinitz, composer
1879 - Lewis Stone, Worcester Mass, actor (Prisoner of Zenda)
1881 - Franklin P Adams, Chicago Ill, columnist (Information Please)
1882 - Felix Frankfurter, Vienna Aust, 80th Supreme Court Justice (1939-62)
1886 - René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (d. 1951)
1887 - Georgia O'Keefe, Sun Prairie Wisc, sculptor/painter (Cow's Skull)
1887 - Hitoshi Asida, Japanese politician
1887 - Marianne Moore, St Louis, poet (Pulitzer 1951, Collected Poems)
1887 - René Maran, Martinique, author (Batouala, Prix Goncourt)
1888 - James Morrison, Mattoon IL, actor (Little Detectives)
1890 - Richmal Crompton, British author (d. 1969)
German WWII Field Marshal Erwin RommelGerman WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (1891) 1891 - Erwin Rommel, German Field Marshal (WW II-African campaign)
1891 - W Averell Harriman, US, (Gov-D-NY)/ambassador to USSR (1943-46)
1895 - Ina Claire, actress (Claudia, Ninotchka, Rebound)
1895 - Antoni Słonimski, Polish writer (d. 1976)
1897 - Sacheverell Sitwell, English poet/author (People's Palace)
1897 - Aneurin Bevan, British politician (d. 1960)
1898 - Willy Alfredo, [Willem Jue], Dutch entertainer/poet (Fish-Trap)
1899 - Avdy Andresson, Estonian statesman (d. 1990)
1899 - Iskander Mirza, first President of Pakistan (d. 1969)
1902 - Frederico Freitas, composer
1903 - Stewie Dempster, cricketer (1st great NZ Test batsman)
1904 - Tilly Losch, Vienna Austria, actress (Garden of Allah)
1906 - Curtis E Le May, air force general/VP candidate
1907 - Count Claus Schenck von Stauffenberg, German anti fascist colonel
1909 - Don Large, Canada, choral director (Wayne King)
Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate August KroghZoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate August Krogh (1874) 1913 - Rick Schagen, Dutch actress (Saartje-Swiebertje)
1913 - Arthur Haulot, Belgian journalist (d. 2005)
1914 - Gheorghe Dumitrescu, composer
1914 - Jorge Bolet, Havana Cuba, pianist (C'eurties Instituka)
1916 - Dame Ruth Nita Barrow, governor-general of Barbados
1917 - Gerardus H de Bold, bishop of Breda (1962-67)
1919 - Carol Bruce, [Shirley Levy], Great Neck NY, actress (Lillian-WKRP)
1919 - Joseph Albert Wapner, La, judge (People's Court)
1922 - Francesco Rosi, Naples Italy, director (Lucky Luciano)
1922 - Giorgio Manganelli, writer
1922 - Paul Acket, Dutch publisher/organizer (Music Express, North Sea Jazz)
1923 - Peter Hammond, London England, actor (Buccaneers)
1925 - Howard Baker, (Sen-R-Tenn), presidential chief of staff
1925 - Jurriaan Andriessen, [Leslie Cool], Dutch pianist/composer
1925 - Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (d. 1988)
1927 - Gregor Mackenzie, British politician (d. 1992)
1928 - C. W. McCall, American singer
1928 - John Orchard, British actor (d. 1995)
1928 - William Heirens, Evanston, Illinois, serial killer (Lipstick Killer), (d. 2012)
1929 - Edward Asner, KC Kansas, actor (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant)
1930 - J[ames] G[raham] Ballard, China, sci-fi author (Drowned World)
1930 - Whitman Mayo, NYC, actor (Grady-Sanford & Son)
1931 - Jan Terlouw, Dutch MP (D-66)/author (Winters in Wartime)
1931 - John Kerr, NYC, actor (South Pacific, Peyton Place, Pit & Pendulum)
1931 - Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya
1931 - Pascal Lissouba, Congo politician
1932 - Clyde L McPhatter, Durham NC, singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love)
1932 - Petula Clark, Surrey England, rock vocalist (Downtown, My Love)
1933 - Barbara Carson, Memphis Tn, actress (Comedy Tonight, Carter Country)
1933 - Jack Burns, Boston Mass, comedian (Burns & Schreiber)
1934 - Joanna Barnes, Boston, actr (Parent Trap, Spartacus, Goodbye Charlie)
1934 - Peter Dickinson, composer
1935 - Ariston Muguranayanga Chambati, politician/businessman
1935 - Peter John Welding, record producer
1936 - Wolf Biermann, writer

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 2 of 2

1997 - "Rescue 911" TV host and actor William Shatner (66) weds former Ford model Norine Kidd (37) in Pasadena, California
2005 - Emperor Akihito's daughter Princess Sayako (36) weds Yoshiki Kuroda (40) at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

2010 - "Single White Female" actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (48) divorces writer Noah Baumbach (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 103

655 - Penda, King of Mercia
1028 - Constantine VIII Byzantine Emperor (b. 960)
1136 - Margrave Leopold III of Austria (b. 1073)
1194 - Margaretha van Elzas, wife of count Boudouin V of Henegouwen, dies
1280 - Albertus Magnus the Great, German leader/bishop Regensburg, dies at 87
1463 - Giovanni Antonio del Balzo Orsini, Prince of Taranto and Constable of Naples
1544 - King Jungjong of Joseon (b. 1506)
1579 - Ferenc Dávid, Hungarian religious reformer (b. 1510)
1628 - Roque Gonzales, Paraguayan missionary (b. 1576)
1629 - Bethlen Gabor, King of Hungary (1620-29), dies at 49
1630 - Johannes Kepler, German astronomer, dies at 58
1634 - Johann Staden, composer, dies at 53
1658 - Jacobus Revius, [Reefsen], theologist/writer/poet, dies at about 72
1670 - Jan Amos Komensky [Comenius], Czech-speaking Moravian teacher, educator and writer, dies at 78
1691 - Albert Cuyp, landscape painter, buried at 71
1706 - Tsangyang Gyatso, 6th Dalai Lama (b. 1683)
1712 - Charles Mohun, 4th Baron Mohun, English politician (b. 1675)
1712 - James Douglas, 4th Duke of Hamilton, Scottish nationalist (b. 1658)
1787 - Christoph W Ritter von Gluck, composer (Iphigénie Tauride), dies at 73
Astronomer Johannes KeplerAstronomer Johannes Kepler (1630) 1788 - Peregrinus Pogl, composer, dies at 77
1795 - Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo, French painter (b. 1719)
1812 - Eagle Fokke Simonsz, writer (Year 3000), dies at about 57
1815 - Johann Lukas Schubaur, composer, dies at 65
1819 - Daniel Rutherford, Scottish chemist and physician (b. 1749)
1831 - Vincenc Masek, composer, dies at 76
1832 - Jean Baptiste Say, French economist, dies at 63
1842 - Joseph Rastrelli, composer, dies at 43
1848 - P Rossi, Italian, murdered
1853 - Queen Maria II of Portugal (b. 1819)
1863 - Frederik VII, 1st constitutional king of Denmark (childless), dies
1892 - Thomas Neill Cream, Scottish serial killer, is executed at 42
1897 - John Mercer Langston, US black jurist, dies at 67
1907 - Horatio Richmond Palmer, composer, dies at 73
1908 - Cixi [the old Buddha], empress-widow of China, dies
1908 - Tz'u-hsi (Cixi), empress of China, dies at 73
1910 - Wilhelm Raabe, [Jakob Corvinus], German author, dies at 79
1916 - Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author, Nobel laureate (b. 1846)
1918 - Georges Antoine, composer, dies at 26
1919 - Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913), dies
1919 - Mohammad Farid, an influential Egyptian political figure.
1931 - Cornelis A J van Dishoeck, publisher, dies
1933 - Affie Jarvis, cricketer (11 Tests for Australia, 9 catches), dies
1934 - Anton CR Dreesmann, German/Neth's manufacturer (Devout & D), dies
1938 - George Glover, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
1944 - Maarten Reuchlin, resistance fighter, executed
1954 - Lionel Barrymore, [Blythe], actor (Dr Kildare, Key Largo), dies at 76
1955 - Lloyd Bacon, director (Fuller Brush Girl, 42nd Street), dies at 65
1958 - Tyrone Power, actor (Mark of Zorro), dies of a heart attack at 44
1959 - Alex Kennedy, cricketer (31 wkts in 5 Tests for England 1922-23), dies
1961 - Douglas Walton, actor (Bad Lands), dies of heart attack at 51
1961 - Elsie Ferguson, American actress (Footlights, Scarlet Pages), dies at 78
1963 - Fritz Reiner, Hung/US conductor (Chicago Symphony Orch), dies at 74
1966 - Dimitrios Tofalos, Greek weightlifter (b. 1877)
1967 - Alice Lake, silent screen actress (Frisco Kid, Wicked), dies at 72
1967 - Michael James Adams, USAF pilot (X-15), dies in X-15 crash at 37
1969 - Roy D'Arcy, actor (Lovers, Actress), dies at 75
1971 - Rudolf Abel, Soviet spy (b. 1903)
1971 - Edie Sedgwick, American actress and model (b. 1943)
1974 - James Morrison, actor (Don't, Black Beauty), dies on his 86th birthday
1975 - Willem Scheps, Dutch journalist, dies at 77
1976 - Jean Gabin, French actor (Quai des Brumes), dies at 72
1978 - Margaret Mead, anthropologist (Thoughts & Female), dies in NY at 76
1980 - Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 75
1981 - Enid Markey, actress (Foolish Mothers, Civilization), dies at 85
1982 - Martin De Alzaga, Argentine racing driver (b. 1901)
1983 - John Le Mesurier, British actor (Jabberwocky, Dad's Army), dies at 71
1984 - Baby Fae, who received a baboon's heart, dies at 3 weeks
1985 - Spencer W Kimball, US head of mormon church, dies at 90
1986 - Alexandre Tansman, Polish composer (Dyptique), dies at 89
1988 - Mona Washbourne, actress (Blue Bird, Games), dies at 84
1990 - Bill E Herndon, actor (Rivals), dies at 54
1990 - Alydar, American racehorse (b. 1975)
1993 - Luciano Liggio, Italian mafia leader/painter, dies
1993 - Mouin Shabaita, Palestinian al-Fatah commandant, murdered
1993 - Theo Huizenaar, Dutch boxing trainer (Bep van Klaveren), dies at 93
1994 - Anthony Ward, writer, dies at 57
1994 - James Winston Watts, developer of the Frontal Lobotomy, dies at 90
1994 - Janet Ahlberg, illustrator, dies at 50
1994 - Volodymyr Ivashko, Pres of Ukraine (1990-91), dies
1994 - Elizabeth George Speare, American author (b. 1908)
1995 - Eve Perrick, journalist, dies at 78
1995 - Herbert Delauney Bill Hughes, educationist, dies at 81
1995 - Kristian Lundin, record producer, dies at 22
1996 - Alger Hiss, former alleged spy/lawyer, dies at 92
1997 - Saul Chaplin, director (West Side Story), dies at 85
1997 - William Perrie, prison governor, dies at 79
1998 - Ludvik Danek, Czechoslovak discus thrower (b. 1937)
1998 - Stokely Carmichael, American civil rights activist (b. 1941)
2002 - Myra Hindley, English murderess (b. 1942)
2003 - Speedy West, Country Music Hall of Fame Steel Guitarist (b. 1924)
2003 - Ray Lewis, Canadian athlete (b. 1910)
2003 - Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Annie), dies of cancer at 78
2003 - Laurence Tisch, American businessman (b. 1923)
2004 - Elmer L. Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1909)
2004 - John Morgan, Canadian comedian (b. 1930)
2005 - Dr. Adrian Rogers, American Southern Baptist Minister and leader (b. 1931)
2005 - Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (b. 1959)
2006 - Ana Carolina Reston, Brazilian model (b. 1985)
2006 - David K. Wyatt, American historian (b. 1937)
2007 - Joe Nuxhall, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1928)

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