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  1. #1 Today in History October 15 
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    October 15

    1529 Ottoman armies under Suleiman end their siege of Vienna and head back to Belgrade.
    1582 The Gregorian (or New World) calendar is adopted in Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal; and the preceding ten days are lost to history.
    1783 Francois Pilatre de Rozier makes the first manned flight in a hot air balloon. The first flight was let out to 82 feet, but over the next few days the altitude increased up to 6,500 feet.
    1813 During the land defeat of the British on the Thames River in Canada, the Indian chief Tecumseh, now a brigadier general with the British Army (War of 1812), is killed.
    1863 For the second time, the Confederate submarine H L Hunley sinks during a practice dive in Charleston Harbor, this time drowning its inventor along with seven crew members.
    1878 Thomas A. Edison founds the Edison Electric Light Co.
    1880 Victorio, feared leader of the Minbreno Apache, is killed by Mexican troops in northwestern Chihuahua, Mexico.
    1892 An attempt to rob two banks in Coffeyville, Kan., ends in disaster for the Dalton gang as four of the five outlaws are killed and Emmet Dalton is seriously wounded.
    1894 Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish army officer, is arrested for betraying military secrets to Germany.
    1914 Congress passes the Clayton Anti-Trust Act, which labor leader Samuel Gompers calls "labor's charter of freedom." The act exempts unions from anti-trust laws; strikes, picketing and boycotting become legal; corporate interlocking directorates become illegal, as does setting prices which would effect a monopoly.
    1924 German ZR-3 flies 5000 miles, the furthest Zeppelin flight to date.
    1941 Odessa, a Russian port on the Black Sea which has been surrounded by German troops for several weeks, is evacuated by Russian troops.
    1945 Vichy French Premier Pierre Laval is executed by a firing squad for his wartime collaboration with the Germans.
    1950 President Harry Truman meets with General Douglas MacArthur at Wake Island to discuss U.N. progress in the Korean War.
    1964 Nikita Khrushchev is replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as leader of the Soviet Union.
    1983 Rockntractor marries that woman.

    Born on October 15
    70 BC Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro), Roman poet.
    1830 Helen Hunt Jackson, writer and poet.
    1844 Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher and writer.
    1881 P.G. Wodehouse, novelist and playwright.
    1905 C.P. Snow, novelist.
    1908 John Kenneth Galbraith, economist, writer and diplomat.
    1910 Torbjorn Oskar Caspersson, Swedish cytologist and geneticist.
    1917 Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
    1920 Mario Puzo, novelist and screenwriter best known for The Godfather.
    1923 Italo Calvino, Italian novelist.
    Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
    Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
    Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
    21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
    And clever in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21 NASB

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    I came to Texas as soon as I could
    1900 - In New York, William Randolph Hearst hosted a charity bazaar to benefit children orphaned by the hurricane that had destroyed Galveston on September 8.

    1936 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the establishment of a national forest system, including Texas' Davy Crockett National Forest and Sam Houston National Forest.

    1955 - Buddy (Holly) & Bob opened a show for Elvis Presley in Lubbock, TX.

    2011 - In Arlington, TX, the Texas Rangers advanced to the World Series for the second consecutive year. They beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 in the ALCS.
    It's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
    It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
    A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. Gandhi
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