November 15 Events in History - November 15 Birthdays - November 15 Deaths
2014 Leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement have been denied permission to travel to the mainland; the men sought to fly to Beijing to present their grievances to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
2014 The G-20 summit in Australia ends with a commitment by leaders of the 20 nations to take steps to raise their collective GDP by $2 trillion over the next four years; critics say that proposed measures are not specific enough to achieve this goal
2013 As part of an effort to protect human rights, China's CPC Central Committee announces a plan to abolish its 'reeducation through labor system' which began in the 1950s
2013 For reasons of 'strategic national interest', Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announces the nation will cut its diplomatic ties with Taiwan but would remain a friend of Taiwan's people
2012 A Union Pacific train strikes a parade float in Midland, Teas, killing four people and injuring 17 others
2012 Prior to a visit from U.S. President Barack Obama, Myanmar's government pardons 452 prisoners under an amnesty as a goodwill gesture
2011 In Tibet, several acts of self-immolation prompt exiled Tibetans in India to urge the Chinese government to end its repressive policies restricting the Tibetan's religious freedom
2011 New York's Police Department clears Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zucotti Park, the public space they have occupied to stage their protest
2010 The U.S. announces it will provide an additional $500 million to aid Pakistan to help rebuilding efforts after major floods ravaged the country
2010 In Prague, scientists exhume the remains of 16th century astronomer Tycho Brahe, in an effort to solve the mystery of his sudden death
2009 Kosovo holds its first local election since declaring independence from Serbia
2006 Al Jazeera launches Al Jazeera English
1999 Next transit of Mercury visible in North America
1997 19th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins 32 awards
1997 William Shatner (66) weds Norine Kidd
1996 "Into the Whirlwind" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City for 2 performances
1995 "Master Class" opens at Golden Theater New York City for 601 performances
1995 Space shuttle Atlantis docks with orbiting Russian space station Mir
1994 "Glass Menagerie" opens at Criterion Theater New York City for 57 performances
1994 6.7-8.1 earthquake strikes Philippines, killing 45
1994 Helmut Kohl elected German chancellor (341-340 votes)
1994 Nepal Communist party Dutch Communist Party-UML wins election
1993 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on WYAV 104.1 FM
1992 Cuban Ilyushin IL-18 flight to Puerto Plata crashes, 34 die
1992 Praveen Amre scores century on Test Cricket debut (103 vs. SA, Durban)
1991 Dow Jones avg drops 120.31 points (5th largest dive)
1991 Ricky Pierce (Seattle) begins NBA free throw streak of 75 game
1990 President Bush signs Clear Air Act of 1990
1990 Producers confirm that Milli Vanilla didn't sing on their album
1990 U.S. 68th manned space mission STS-38 (Atlantis 7) launches into orbit
1989 "Few Good Men" opens at Music Box Theater New York City for 497 performances
1989 Aaron Sorkin's "Few Good Men," premieres in New York City
1989 Bret Saberhagen wins AL Cy Young Award
1989 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1989 Test Cricket debut of Waqar Younis and Sachin Tendulkar at Karachi
1989 Walter Davis (Denver) begins NBA free throw streak of 53 games
1988 91 m radio telescope dish at Green Bank, WV collapses
1988 Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson wins NL MVP Award
1988 PLO proclaims State of Palestine, recognizes Israeli existence
1988 Soviet space shuttle makes unmanned maiden flight (2 orbits)
1987 28 of 82 aboard Continental Airlines DC-9, die in crash at Denver
1987 Carla Beurskens runs Dutch female record marathon (2:26:34)
1987 Leile McBridge (Denver), crowned Miss Black America
1987 New York Giant Raul Allegre kicks 2, 50 or more yard field goals in a game
1987 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1986 2nd time Saturday Night Live uses a time delay (Sam Knison hosts)
1983 75th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy
1983 Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus proclaimed
1982 Funeral services held in Moscow's Red Square for Leonid I Brezhnev
1981 "Camelot" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 48 performances
1980 Pope John Paul II began 5 day visit to West Germany,
1979 ABC-TV announces it would broadcast nightly specials on Iran hostage
1979 British government identifies Sir Anthony Blunt as 4th man in Soviet spy ring
1978 183 die as Icelandic Airlines DC-8 crashes in Colombo, Sri Lanka
1978 Harold Pinter's "Betrayal," premieres in London
1978 Pirates outfielder Dave Parker wins NL MVP
1977 President Jimmy Carter welcomes Shah of Iran
1976 Syrian army conquerors Beirut
1975 Miss Teenage America Pageant
1974 Ringo releases "Goodnight Vienna" and "Only You" in UK
1973 Egypt and Israel exchange prisoners of war
1972 Circle-in the-Square Theater opens at 1633 Broadway New York City
1972 Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 48 launched to study gamma rays
1972 White Sox Dick Allen wins AL MVP
1971 Intel advertises 4004-processor
1969 1st Jackson Five record to enter top 100 (I Want You Back)
1969 1st commercial ad on English TV: Birds-Eye Peas on ATV (Midland)
1969 250,000 peacefully demonstrate in Washington D.C. against Vietnam War
1969 Janis Joplin, accused of vulgar and indicent language in Tampa, Fla
1969 Wendy's Hamburgers opens
1968 1st date in controversial Jim Bouton baseball diary "Ball Four"
1967 Boston's Carl Yastrzemski wins AL MVP
1967 Michael Adams in X-15 reaches 80 km
1967 WLTV TV channel 23 in Miami, Florida (IND) begins broadcasting
1966 Gemini XII (Lovell/Aldrin) returns to Earth
1965 Craig Breedlove sets land speed record (600.601 mph-966.57 kph)
1964 Ajax soccer star Johan Cruijff debuts against GVAV
1964 KBYU TV channel 11 in Provo, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
1964 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA San Antonio Civitan Golf Open
1964 Mickey Wright shoots a 62, lowest golf score for a woman pro
1964 Sudan Premier Ibrahim Abbud resigns
1962 Don Drysdale wins Cy Young Award
1961 Comet C/1961 T1 (Seki) approaches within 0.1019 AUs of Earth
1961 Roger Maris is voted AL MVP
1961 U.N. bans nuclear arms
1960 Elgin Baylor of NBA Los Angeles Lakers scores 71 points vs New York Knicks
1960 USS George Washington, 1st sub with nuclear ballistic missiles, launched
1959 Cleveland Browns' halfback Bobby Mitchell sets club record for longest run from scrimmage (90-yards), beat Washington 31-17
1957 U.S. sentences Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel to 30 years and $3,000
1956 "Li'l Abner" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 693 performances
1956 Elvis Presley's 1st film "Love Me Tender," premieres in New York City
1955 Poland and Yugoslavia sign trade agreement
1954 1st regularly scheduled commercial flights over North Pole begins
1953 WIBW TV channel 13 in Topeka, KS (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 WRBL TV channel 3 in Columbus, Georgia (CBS) begins broadcasting
1951 Cricket 1st-class debut of Hanif Mohammad, Pak XI vs. MCC, Lahore
1951 New York Yankee Gil McDougald wins AL Rookie of Year
1950 Arthur Dorrington is 1st black man in organized hockey, Atlantic City Seagulls of Eastern Amateur Hockey League
1949 KRON TV channel 4 in San Francisco, California (NBC) begins broadcasting
1949 WSAZ TV channel 3 in Huntington-Charleston, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast
1948 William Lyon Mackenzie King retires as Prime Minister of Canada
1947 Bradman scores his 100th 100, 172 vs. Indians at the SCG
1947 Soccer team GVVV forms in Veenendaal
1946 Ted Williams is picked as AL MVP
1945 The rules are revised for election of modern players to the Hall of
1944 Surprise attack on office of Nethche Bank
1941 Cow Palace opens in San Francisco
1941 Yugoslav government in exile names Draza Mihailovic premier
1940 1st 75,000 men called to armed forces duty during peacetime
1940 1st black to sign hockey contract-Arthur Dorrington and AC Seagulls
1940 New York Midtown tunnel linking Manhattan and Queens opens to traffic
1939 Anti-German demonstrations in Czechoslovakia
1939 Franklin D. Roosevelt lays cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.
1939 Nazis begin mass murder of Warsaw Jews
1939 Social Security Administration approves 1st unemployment check
1938 1st telecast of an unscheduled event (fire), W2XBT, New York
1938 Farewell Parade of International Brigades in Barcelona
1937 1st congressional session in air-conditioned chambers
1936 Nazi-Germany and Japan sign Anti-Komintern pact
1935 Commonwealth of Philippines inaugurated
1934 Nobel for chemistry awarded to Harold C. Urey (deuterium)
1932 Walt Disney Art School created
1926 1st formal radio network, RCA takes over AT&T 25 station Network (NBC)
1926 AT&T sells WEAF radio to RCA (New York City)
1924 Dutch Christian Radio Society (NCRV) forms
1922 British Conservative wins election/Labour 2nd party
1921 KYW-AM in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania begins radio transmissions
1920 Ernst Toller's "Massen und Menschen," premieres in Neurenberg
1920 Free City of Danzig forms under League of Nations protection
1920 League of Nations holds 1st meeting, in Geneva
1919 Senate 1st invokes cloture to end a filibuster (Versailles Treaty)
1914 Italian socialist Benito Mussolini founds newspaper Il populo d'italia
1911 Proclamation sets designs for Canadian $5 and $10 gold coins
1904 King C Gillette patents Gillette razor blade
1903 Eugen d'Alberts opera "Tiefland," premieres in Prague
1902 Leopold II, King of Belgium almost assassinated by Italian anarchist
1901 James J. Jeffries TKOs Gus Ruhlin in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
1899 Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill and wife captured in Natal
1889 Dom Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil, deposed; republic proclaimed
1887 British SS Wah Yeung catches fire on Canton River off Hong Kong
1884 Colonization of Africa orgainized at International conference in Berlin
1882 British HMS Flirt destroys village of Asaba Niger
1881 American Federation of Labor (AFL) founded (Pittsburgh)
1870 Bathe becomes member of Noordduitse Union
1869 Free postal delivery formally inaugurated
1864 1st U.S. mines school opens in basement of Columbia University, New York
1864 Union Major General Sherman burns Atlanta
1849 1st U.S. poultry show opens in Boston
1845 Opera "Maritana" is produced (London)
1837 Isaac Pitman introduces his steno system
1835 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin reach Tahiti
1832 Felix Mendelssohn's "Reformation," premieres
1827 Creek-indians lose all their property in US
1826 Dutch Business Me gets monopoly on opium trade in Java/Madura
1824 Series of fires kills 10 (Edinburgh Scotland)
1813 Allied troops occupies Groningen
1813 Tax revolt in Amsterdam
1806 1st U.S. college magazine, Yale Literary Government, publishes 1st issue
1806 Explorer Zebulon Pike sights Pikes Peak (Colorado)
1791 1st Catholic college in U.S., Georgetown, opens
1777 Articles of Confederation adopted by Continental Congress
1763 Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland
1727 New York General assembly permits Jews to omit phrase "upon the faith of a Christian" from abjuration oath
1715 Barrier Treaty, Austria cedes area to Netherlands
1688 Prince Willem III's army lands at Torbay England
1679 English house of Commons accept Exclusion Bill
1660 1st kosher butcher (Asser Levy) licensed in New York City (New Amsterdam)
1583 Gelders Earl Willem of the Bergh flees
1577 Sir Francis Drake aboard Pelican travels from Chile to Washington
1533 Francisco Pizarro arrives at Cuzco
1532 Pope Clemens VII tells Henry VIII to end relationship with Anna Boleyn
1492 Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco
1492 In Spain, 6 Jews and 5 Conversos are accused of using black magic
1491 6 Jews and 5 Conversos accused of killing Christians in La Guardia Spain
1491 Anna van Bretagne becomes devoted to end "la guerre folle"
1348 Rudolph of Oron claims Jews have confessed to poisoning wells
1316 Jan I becomes king of France, dies 4 days later
1315 Battle at Morgarten: Swiss beat duke Leopold I of Austrian