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On This Day: October 15th

This is 288th day of the year and 77 days remain in the year.

in history
1860
Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard.
1914
With the support of President Wilson, the Clayton Antitrust Act, which made it illegal for companies to buy competitors' stock, was passed.
1917
Mata Hari, World War I spy, was executed by a firing squad in Vincennes, France.
1951
I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, had its television debut.
1964
It was announced that Nikita Khruschev was removed from his positions as premier and secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR.
1966
1989
Wayne Gretzky topped Gordie Howe's NHL scoring record.
1991
Clarence Thomas got a narrow (52–48) Senate confirmation of his nomination to the Supreme Court.
1993
Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to end apartheid in South Africa.
2003
China became the third country to launch a staffed space mission.
October 15 BirthdaysP. G. Wodehouse Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse), 1881–1975, English-American novelist and humorist.
C. P. Snowauthor and physicist
Edith Bolling Galt WilsonU.S. First Lady
Lee Iacoccabusiness executive
Penny Marshallactress, director
John Kenneth Galbraitheconomist
Helen Hunt Jacksonwriter
Mario Puzonovelist
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzschephilosopher
Mikhail Yurevich Lermontovpoet and novelist
Hiram Leong Fongpolitician
Arthur Schlesinger Jr.historian and public official
Michel Foucaultphilosopher and historian



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