On This Day In History, 15 November

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World Events Today

  • The British journalist Winston Churchill, who would later become Prime Minister during World War II, was captured by the Boers today in 1899 whilst reporting in South Africa, he successfully escaped by the end of the year
  • After serving his third term as Prime Minister of Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie King retired today in 1948, across all terms he served more than 21 years
  • More than 500,000 people took part in the Moratorium March on Washington today in 1969, it was a mass demonstration against the Vietnam War

Entertainment Events Today

  • The legendary Australian cricketer Don Bradman scored his 100th First Class Century against India today in 1947
  • Elvis Presley’s first film, the Western called Love Me Tender, premiered today in 1956, at the Paramount Theater in New York City
  • The Xbox video game console developed by Microsoft was released today in 2001

Family Events Today

  • William Pitt, the 1st Earl of Chatham, also known as William Pitt the Elder and the Great Commoner, a future British Prime Minister, was born today in 1708, in London
  • Claus von Stauffenberg, one of the leaders of Operation Valkyrie, the attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler in July 1944, was born today in 1907
  • Sally Olwen Clark, better known as Petula Clark, CBE, singer of the hit single Downtown, was born today in 1932, in Epsom, Surrey, England

Main Event Today

  • Nazi Germany closed off the Warsaw Ghetto to the outside world today in 1940

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

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