On This Day In History, 15 July


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World Events Today

  • The First Crusade’s siege of Jerusalem ended today in 1099, it involved the bloody mass slaughter of many Muslims and Jews by the Christian crusaders
  • The Rosetta Stone, which became the key to deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, was found today in 1799
  • Napoleon Bonaparte surrendered to the British today in 1815, he was subsequently exiled to the island of Saint Helena, where he died in May 1821

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first of the Die Hard movies, starring Bruce Willis as John McClane, went on general release today in 1988 in the United States
  • The science fiction television series Stranger Things, starring Winona Ryder and David Harbour, aired for the first time today in 2016 on Netflix
  • France beat Croatia 4-2 today in 2018, to win the 21st FIFA World Cup Final in Russia

Family Events Today

  • The English singer-songwriter Ian Curtis, the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division, was born today in 1956 in Lancashire
  • The Danish model and actress Brigitte Nielsen, who would later marry the American actor Sylvester Stallone, was born today in 1963 in Rødovre
  • The Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace died today in 1997, he was shot dead outside his Miami Beach mansion

Main Event Today

  • The Battle of Grunwald, also known as the First Battle of Tannenberg, was fought today in 1410, it was one of the largest battles in medieval Europe and is regarded as one of the most important victories in the histories of Poland and Lithuania

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s Gummi Worm Day

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