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Thursday October 15, 2020

October 15: Day of the Week

October 15, 2020 is the 289th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 77 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.

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Here’s the October calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 1917
    World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for the German Empire.
  • 1934
    The Soviet Republic of China collapses when Chiang Kai-shek’s National Revolutionary Army successfully encircles Ruijin, forcing the fleeing Communists to begin the Long March.
  • 1939
    The New York Municipal Airport (later renamed La Guardia Airport) is dedicated.
  • 1944
    The Arrow Cross Party (very similar to Hitler’s NSDAP (Nazi party)) takes power in Hungary.
  • 1965
    Vietnam War: The Catholic Worker Movement stages an anti-war rally in Manhattan including a public burning of a draft card; the first such act to result in arrest under a new amendment to the Selective Service Act.
  • 1969
    Vietnam 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.
  • 1970
    The domestic Soviet Aeroflot Flight 244 is hijacked and diverted to Turkey.
  • 1990
    Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and open up his nation.
  • 2003
    China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
  • 2008
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 733.08 points, or 7.87%, the second worst day in the Dow’s history based on a percentage drop.

Who were born on October 15?

  • 1608
    Evangelista Torricelli, Italian physicist (d. 1647)
  • 1711
    Elisabeth Teresa of Lorraine, queen of Sardinia (d. 1741)
  • 1920
    Henri Verneuil, French film director (d. 2002)
  • 1921
    Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian table-tennis player (d. 2006)
  • 1925
    Mickey Baker, American guitarist (Mickey & Sylvia)
  • 1937
    Linda Lavin, American actress
  • 1955
    Tanya Roberts, American actress
  • 1959
    Todd Solondz, American film director
  • 1979
    Paul Robinson, English footballer
  • 1988
    Mesut Özil, German footballer

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