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15 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?


15 November: In a year, the 15th of November is the 319th day as per the Georgian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 320th day of the year.

What special day is today? This day has its distinctiveness and importance in history.

Let’s explore people who have carved a niche for themselves on 15th November. We may also need to scan through the events that happened today.

15 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 15 November

Art & Artists

    • 1845 Production of “Maritana” opera in London.
    • 1932 Premiere of “Symphony No. 5” – “Reformation” by Felix Mendelssohn.
    • 1956 Premiere of The Reno Brothers’ Elvis Presley starrer film Love Me Tender in America.

Science & Technology

    • 1926 Opening up of 24 stations the NBC Radio Network.
    • 1971 Release of Intel’s the 4004 (world’s first commercial single-chip microprocessor).
    • 2001 Launch of the Xbox game console by Microsoft.
    • 2013 Release of PlayStation 4 (PS4) game console by Sony.

15 November: 2013 - Release of PlayStation 4 (PS4) game console by Sony.

Leaders & Politics

    • 1889 Brazil was declared a republic.
    • 1920 ‘The Nations’ first assembly was held in Geneva, Switzerland.
    • 1933 The first election conducted in Thailand.
    • 1988 Palestinian statehood proclaimed by Yasser Arafat.

People & Society

    • 1720 Capt. Jonathan Barnet captured three pirates (Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and John Rackham) and brought them to Jamaica for their trial.
    • 1914 Italian socialist Benito Mussolini founded the newspaper named Il Popolo d’Italia.
    • 2006 The Worldwide launches of Al Jazeera

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

    • 1994 78 people died and 430 were injured in a Tsunami (28ft. high) that was triggered by a high-magnitude earthquake (7.1).
    • 2000 – Crash of Antonov An 24, a chartered plane) in Angla that killed not less than 40.
    • 2007Cyclone Sidr hits Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5,000 people and destroying parts of the Sundarbans (the world’s largest mangrove forest).

Discoveries & Explorations

    • 1492 Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco.
    • 1620 A foot exploration started by 16 men led by Myles Standish in the northern portion of Cape Cod.
    • 1837 Pitman shorthand (a shorthand system of writing) was introduced.
    • 1966Gemini 12 completed its final mission when it splashes down safely in the Atlantic Ocean.
    • 1988 Shuttle Buran took its novel space flight in the Soviet Union.

Leisure & Sports

    • 1901 In a heavyweight boxing title James J. Jeffries technically knockouts (TKOs) Gus Ruhlin in San Francisco.
    • 2011 Mike Krzyzewski, the Duke University basketball coach recorded his 903rd career win, the highest that time.
    • 2020 Lewis Hamilton clinches the Turkish Grand Prix title and equaled the all-time record held by Michael Schumacher’s save drivers’ title.

Birth Anniversaries (15 November)

    • 1887 Georgia O’Keeffe (American painter)
    • 1891 Erwin Rommel (German field marshal)
    • 1929 Ed Asner (American actor)
    • 1930 J.G. Ballard (British author)

Death Anniversaries (15 November)

    • 1630 Johannes Kepler (German astronomer)
    • 1949 Nathuram Godse (Indian assassin of Mahatma Gandhi)
    • 1978 Margaret Mead (American anthropologist)
    • 2010 Larry Evans (American journalist and chess player)
    • 2015 Saeed Jaffrey (Indian-British actor)

What Special Day is Today: (15 November)

    • Day of the Imprisoned Writer (International observance)
    • America Recycles Day (United States)
    • King’s Feast (Belgium)
    • National Tree Planting Day (Sri Lanka)
    • Peace Day (Ivory Coast)
    • Republic Proclamation Day (Brazil)
    • Shichi-Go-San (Japan)


The factual story of the day (15 November) covers the entire globe and a lot of well-known personalities. The day has remained a silent observer of what happened on this day in history.

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