October 15: Day of the Week
October 15, 2021 is the 288th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 77 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.
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Here’s the October calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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October 15 Historical Event(s)
- 1582Pope Gregory XIII implements the Gregorian calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year is followed directly by October 15.
- 1894The Dreyfus affair: Alfred Dreyfus is arrested for spying.
- 1917World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for the German Empire.
- 1940The President of Catalonia, Lluís Companys, is executed by the Spanish dictatorship of Francisco Franco, making him the only European president to have been executed.
- 1945World War II: The former premier of Vichy France Pierre Laval is shot by a firing squad for treason.
- 1951Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes conducts the very last step of the first synthesis of norethisterone, the progestin that would later be used in one of the first two oral contraceptives.
- 1969Vietnam War; The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam is held in Washington DC and across the US. Over 2 million demonstrate nationally; about 250,000 in the nation’s capitol.
- 1997The Cassini probe launches from Cape Canaveral on its way to Saturn.
- 2003The Staten Island Ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi runs into a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, killing 11 people and injuring 43.
- 2011Global protests break out in 951 cities in 82 countries.
Who were born on October 15?
- 1471Konrad Mutian, German humanist (d. 1526)
- 1878Paul Reynaud, French politician (d. 1966)
- 1905C. P. Snow, British writer (d. 1980)
- 1920Mario Puzo, American novelist (d. 1999)
- 1930Fereydun M. Esfandiary, Iranian philosopher (d. 2000)
- 1948Chris de Burgh, Irish singer and songwriter
- 1959Alex Paterson, English musician, co-founder of ambient group The Orb
- 1966Ilse Huizinga, Dutch jazz singer
- 1969Dominic West, British actor
- 1981Keyshia Cole, American R&B singer
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