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OCTOBER 15

1608 Evangelista Torricelli (Italian Physicist and Mathematician) Evangelista Torricelli Physics Mathematics
1829 Asaph Hall (Connecticut Astronomer) Connecticut Scientists & Mathematicians Space & Astronomy Mars
1880 Marie C. C. Stopes (Scottish Scientist, Advocate of Birth Control Scottish Scientists & Mathematicians
1908 John Kenneth Galbraith (Canadian-American Keynesian Economist) Canadian Scientists & Mathematicians Economics History Channel
1940 Peter C. Doherty (Australian Medical Researcher; 1996 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine) Australian Scientists & Mathematicians 1996 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine
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1930 Herbert Henry Dow (Canadian-American Founder of Dow Chemical) Canadian Scientists & Mathematicians Chemistry Business & Economics Dow Chemical
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1582 Italy, France, Spain & Portugal Adopt the Gregorian Calendar France Italy Portugal Spain Gregorian Calendar About.com
1783 Francois de Rozier Pilots First Manned Hot Air Balloon Flight (84' above Paris) France Hot Air Balloons Historic Firsts Centennial of Flight
1827 Charles Darwin Is Admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge University, to Prepare for a Career in the Church Charles Darwin Education Christ's College, Cambridge University University of Florida
1880 A Blizzard Kills At Least 6 People in Minnesota's Pipestone and Cottonwood Counties Minnesota Snow Death Minnesota Historical Society
1884 The Florida Dental Association Is Founded in Jacksonville at a Meeting in Library Hall Jacksonville, Florida Health Care Professions Florida Dental Association Florida Historical Society
1885 2,500 Marinette-Menominee Lumbermen Walk Off the Job to Support a Reduction in Workday Hours Marinette, Wisconsin Menominee, Michigan Trees Labor Strikes Wisconsin Historical Society
1918 Film Studios Stop Releasing Movies Due to Flu Pandemic Flu Pandemic Film History Channel
1924 U.S.S. Los Angeles Naval Airship Completes 5,000-Mile, 82.5-hour Atlantic Crossing from Germany to Lakehurst, New Jersey Germany Lakehurst, New Jersey Blimps & Zeplins U.S. Navy
1950 Aircall, America's First Remote Radio Paging Service, Begins Operation History of Technology Historic Firsts Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1954 Hurricane Hazel Ravages the North America's Eastern Seaboard From South Carolina to Toronto, Canada; 176 People Die Toronto, Canada Hurricanes Flooding Death History Channel Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
98-mph Wind Gusts from Hurricane Hazel Are the Highest Ever Recorded in Delaware, Causing 7 Deaths Delaware Hurricanes Death State of Delaware
1957 The U.S. Forest Service Awards the Alaska Lumber & Pulp Company at Sitka a Contract for 5.25 Billion Board Feet of Timber Sitka, Alaska Trees Business U.S. Forest Service Alaska Historical Society
1972 NASA Launches NOAA 2 Meteorlogical Satellite Space Exploration Meteorology NASA
NASA Launches OSCAR 6 Communications Satellite for Amateur Radio Operators Space Exploration Radio NASA
1979 A 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Injures 91 in the Imperial Valley on the Mexican-California Border Mexico California Earthquakes USGS
1987 Gale Force Winds Uproot Trees and Create Severe Property Damage Across England England Winds Greenwich Guide
1997 A 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 5 Along the Central Coast of Chile Chile Earthquakes USGS
NASA Launches the Cassini Spacecraft to Explore Saturn's System of Rings and Moons from Orbit Space Exploration Saturn NASA (pdf)
1999 Doctors Without Borders Chosen to Receive the Nobel Peace Prize Medicine 1999 Nobel Peace Prize New York Times
2001 Office of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle Opens Anthrax-tainted Letter U.S. Congress War on Terrorism Anthrax CNN
2006 6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Knocks Out Electricity & Does Structural Damage throughout the Island of Hawaii Hawaii Earthquake USGS

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