September 15 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred, famous birthdays, death days, legend quotes, and historical news on September 15.

September 15

Events on September 15

1588 Final humiliation of the Spanish Armada, whose remnants return to Spanish harbors after defeat by the English.

1821 San Salvador declares its independence.

1859 Death of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, probably the greatest British engineer.

1871 The Army and Navy Cooperative begins the first mail order service to meet the needs of its members in Britain and abroad.

1917 Russian Socialist Revolutionary Party prime minister Aleksandr Kerenski proclaims Russia a republic.

1928 The first robot to be made in Britain is demonstrated at the Model Engineering Exhibition in London by inventors Captain Rickards and A.H. Renfell.

1966 Britain’s first nuclear submarine, HMS Resolution, was launched by the Queen Mother.

1975 Civil war begins in Beirut between the Christians and Muslims.

Famous Birthdays on September 15

Titus Gates 1649, English Anglican priest who successfully created anti-Catholic feeling by inventing a “Popish plot”.

James Fenimore Cooper 1789, American author of 50 novels who is best remembered for The Last of the Mohicans and The Deerslayer.

Agatha Christie 1890, English crime writer and one of the most successful novelists of all time, creator of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and spinster sleuth Miss Jane Marple.

Jean Renoir 1894, French film director and son of the famous painter.

His productions include Le Regie du Jeu and The River.

Margaret Lockwood 1916, British stage actress and star of many popular post-war British films, including The Man in Grey and The Wicked Lady.

Prince Henry of Wales 1984, commonly known as Harry, the second son of Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales.

Quotes from Legend

He may be a little bad now and then - but what man isn't?

- Victoria Gotti on her husband, Mafia chief John Gotti, 1991.

Historical News on September 15

Watergate Burglars are Nixon Aides

1972 Seven men were indicted in Washington today in connection with the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office building in Washington on June 17.

They were charged with burglary, conspiracy, and wiretapping.

Five of the seven were arrested at the scene, attempting to instal secret bugging devices.

They were all members of the Republican committee to re-elect President Richard Nixon.

The other two men were former White House aides Howard Hunt and Gordon Liddy, members of the same committee.

A party spokesman said there was nothing to indicate any others were involved in the plot to bug the Democrat office.

Hitler Declares Jews “Subhuman"

Hitler declares Jews sub human on September 15
Hitler declares Jews sub human

1935 Germany’s persecuted Jews have now lost virtually all their rights.

At a huge Nazi rally in Nuremberg today, the German Führer, Adolf Hitler, announced new decrees which relegate Jews to untermensch (sub-human) status.

The Jews lose their German citizenship, they may not marry Aryans, are excluded from employment in the civil service, the media.

Entertainment and education and lose their pension rights.

“Jews Not Wanted” signs are appearing in public places all over Germany.

Jewish children are excluded from schools.

Jewish businesses are boycotted and Jews are constantly in danger of abuse and open violence, with no recourse to justice.

Warships With Wheels Launched Into War

1916 32 massive steel “landships” lumbered into action on the Somme today, rolling over the German trenches and apparently impervious to the German machine-gun fire.

Two hours later the British and Canadian infantry had advanced 7 miles (11 km) and taken thousands of prisoners.

The fearsome new weapon, codenamed the Tank, is the brainchild of Winston Churchill, Britain’s First Lord of the Admiralty.

Bristling with guns, the armour-plated monsters weigh nearly 30 tons and run at 4 mph (6.5 kph) on rolling steel tracks.

It takes four men to steer them.

Hundreds of tanks are being built in Britain.

Rocket Tragedy

1830 William Huskisson, British MP and former cabinet minister, today became the first person to be killed by a train.

Huskisson, head of the Board of Trade, under the wheels of George Stevenson’s “Rocket” steam engine as it departed on the inaugural run of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.

He was crossing the track to greet the prime minister, the Duke of Wellington, who opened the new passenger line.

Global Meltdown

2008 “Meltdown Monday” saw the collapse of Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers, the fourth-largest investment bank in the US.

The biggest bankruptcy in US history dealt a blow to already-fragile global finances and put other financial companies close to ruin.

When the dust settled, global stock markets were down 40 per cent, and the world had entered a deep recession, with rising unemployment and a collapse of house prices.

Dante Joins His Beatrice

1321 The Italian poet Dante Alighieri has died in Ravenna after 20 years exiled by papists from his native Florence.

He was 56.

Dante had only just finished his masterpiece, La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy), after 14 years’ work.

It is a 14,000-line fable of a journey through hell, purgatory, and finally paradise where, led by his beloved Beatrice, the poet glimpses God’s heaven.

A subtle allegory of religion, politics and life, the Commedia is being hailed as the greatest contemporary poem.

In a sense it is dedicated to Beatrice Polinari, a Florentine Dante met twice and loved all his life.

1978 A Bulgarian defector died in hospital in London four days after being stabbed with a poisoned umbrella tip.

Georgi Markov was a broadcaster on the BBC’s foreign service.

He was standing at a bus stop on Tuesday evening when he was jabbed in the leg from behind.

He never saw his assailant, Later he collapsed in a coma and did not recover consciousness.

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