On This Day In History, 15 October

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World Events Today

  • Amsterdam Centraal Station opened today in 1889
  • The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam took place today in 1969, it was a massive demonstration across the United States against its involvement in the Vietnam War, millions of Americans participated
  • Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today in 1993, it was for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime in South Africa

Entertainment Events Today

  • To Have and Have Not, the novel by Ernest Hemingway about Harry Morgan, a fishing boat captain, was published today in 1937
  • The political satire comedy movie The Great Dictator, by Charlie Chaplin, his first true sound film, was released in the United States today in 1940
  • Legoland Florida opened today in 2011

Family Events Today

  • Tadeusz Kościuszko, a statesman and military leader, who became a national hero in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and the United States, died today in 1817 aged 71
  • The American author Mario Puzo, best known for his crime novels about the mafia, such as The Godfather, was born today in 1920 in New York
  • Hermann Wilhelm Göring, one of the most powerful members of the German Nazi Party, died today in 1946 aged 53, he committed suicide hours before he was due to be hanged for his war crimes

Main Event Today

  • Shenzhou 5 launched today in 2003, it was the first manned mission of the Chinese space program

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Grouch Day

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