November 15, 2023 at 8:40 a.m.
Today In History
Today In History – November 15
November 15 is the 319th day of the year
Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in North America. The ultra-prominent 14,115-foot (4,302.31 m) fourteener is located in Pike National Forest, 12 miles (19 km) west of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. The town of Manitou Springs lies at its base. The mountain is named in honor of American explorer Zebulon Pike (though he was unable to reach the summit). The summit is higher than any point in the United States east of its longitude.
There are many events that happened on this date in history. Here are just a few of them!
November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 46 days remain until the end of the year.
1532 – Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire: Commanded by Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistadors under Hernando de Soto meet Incan Emperor Atahualpa for the first time outside Cajamarca, arranging for a meeting in the city plaza the following day.
1777 – American Revolutionary War: After 16 months of debate the Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.
1806 – Pike Expedition: Lieutenant Zebulon Pike spots a mountain peak while near the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It is later named Pikes Peak in his honor.
1864 – American Civil War: Union General William Tecumseh Sherman begins his March to the Sea.
1920 – The first assembly of the League of Nations is held in Geneva, Switzerland.
1942 – World War II: The Battle of Guadalcanal ends in a decisive Allied victory.
1943 – The Holocaust: German SS leader Heinrich Himmler orders that Gypsies are to be put "on the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps".
1965 – Craig Breedlove sets a land speed record of 600.601 mph (966.574 km/h) in his car, the Spirit of America, at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
1966 – Project Gemini: Gemini 12 completes the program's final mission, when it splashes down safely in the Atlantic Ocean.
1968 – The Cleveland Transit System becomes the first transit system in the western hemisphere to provide direct rapid transit service from a city's downtown to its major airport.
1969 – Vietnam War: In Washington, D.C., 250,000-500,000 protesters staged a peaceful demonstration against the war, including a symbolic "March Against Death".
2001 – Microsoft launches the Xbox game console.
2013 – Sony releases the PlayStation 4 (PS4) game console.
2022 – The world population reached 8 billion.
1397 – Nicholas V, pope of the Catholic Church (d. 1455)
1498 – Eleanor of Austria, queen of Portugal and France (d. 1558)
1738 – William Herschel, German-English astronomer and composer (d. 1822)
1873 – Sara Josephine Baker, American physician and academic (d. 1945)
1881 – Franklin Pierce Adams, American journalist and author (d. 1960)
1919 – Joseph Wapner, American judge and television personality (d. 2017)
1929 – Ed Asner, American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2021)
1932 – Petula Clark, English singer-songwriter and actress
1932 – Clyde McPhatter, American singer (d. 1972)
1940 – Tony Mendez, American CIA technical operations officer (d. 2019)
1940 – Sam Waterston, American actor
1947 – Bill Richardson, American politician and diplomat, 21st United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2023)
1948 – Jimmy Choo, Malaysian fashion designer
1951 – Beverly D'Angelo, American actress, singer, and producer
1967 – Cynthia Breazeal, American computer scientist, roboticist, and academic
1977 – Sean Murray, American actor
1527 – Catherine of York, English princess (b. 1479)
1579 – Ferenc Dávid, Hungarian preacher, founder of the Unitarian Church of Transylvania (b. 1510)
1794 – John Witherspoon, Scottish-American minister and academic (b. 1723)
1795 – Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo, French painter (b. 1719)
1919 – Alfred Werner, French-Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1866)
1945 – Frank Chapman, American ornithologist and photographer (b. 1864)
1954 – Lionel Barrymore, American actor, singer, director, and screenwriter (b. 1878)
1958 – Tyrone Power, American actor, singer, and producer (b. 1914)
1959 – Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, Scottish physicist and meteorologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1869)
1978 – Margaret Mead, American anthropologist and author (b. 1901)
2003 – Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (b. 1925)
2003 – Laurence Tisch, American businessman, co-founded the Loews Corporation (b. 1923)
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