What happened on July 15? There are more than 281 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About July 15

July 15 In HistoryJuly 15 is the 197th day of the year 2020. There are 169 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 29th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Crown Point, Indiana 46308 sunrise occured at 05:29 AM and sunset occured at 08:21 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Cancer. The modern birthstone for this month is Ruby while the mystical birthstone is Ruby.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 212 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For July 15

  • 1099
    First Crusade: Christian soldiers take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the final assault of a difficult siege.
  • 1149
    The reconstructed Church of the Holy Sepulchre is consecrated in Jerusalem.
  • 1207
    King John of England expels Canterbury monks for supporting Archbishop Stephen Langton.
  • 1240
    Swedish-Novgorodian Wars: a Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeats the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva.
  • 1381
    John Ball, a leader in the Peasants’ Revolt, is hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of King Richard II of England.
  • 1410
    Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War: Battle of Grunwald – the allied forces of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeat the army of the Teutonic Order.
  • 1685
    Monmouth Rebellion: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth is executed at Tower Hill, England after his defeat at the Battle of Sedgemoor on 6 July 1685.
  • 1741
    Alexei Chirikov sights land in Southeast Alaska. He sends men ashore in a longboat, making them the first Europeans to visit Alaska.
  • 1789
    Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, is named by acclamation colonel-general of the new National Guard of Paris.
  • 1799
    The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign.
  • 1806
    Pike expedition: United States Army Lieutenant Zebulon Pike begins an expedition from Fort Bellefontaine near St. Louis, Missouri, to explore the west.
  • 1815
    Napoleonic Wars: Napoléon Bonaparte surrenders aboard HMS Bellerophon.
  • 1823
    A fire destroys the ancient Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.
  • 1838
    Ralph Waldo Emerson delivers the Divinity School Address at Harvard Divinity School, discounting Biblical miracles and declaring Jesus a great man, but not God. The Protestant community reacts with outrage.
  • 1870
    Reconstruction era of the United States: Georgia becomes the last of the former Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.
  • 1870
    Rupert’s Land and the North-Western Territory are transferred to Canada from the Hudson’s Bay Company, and the province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories are established from these vast territories.
  • 1888
    The stratovolcano Mount Bandai erupts killing approximately 500 people, in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
  • 1910
    In his book Clinical Psychiatry, Emil Kraepelin gives a name to Alzheimer’s disease, naming it after his colleague Alois Alzheimer.
  • 1916
    In Seattle, Washington, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporate Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).
  • 1918
    World War I: the Second Battle of the Marne begins near the River Marne with a German attack.
  • 1920
    The Polish Parliament establishes Silesian Voivodeship before the Polish-German plebiscite.
  • 1927
    Massacre of July 15, 1927: 89 protesters are killed by the Austrian police in Vienna.
  • 1954
    First flight of the Boeing 367-80, prototype for both the Boeing 707 and C-135 series.
  • 1955
    Eighteen Nobel laureates sign the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others.
  • 1959
    The steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.
  • 1966
    Vietnam War: The United States and South Vietnam begin Operation Hastings to push the North Vietnamese out of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone.
  • 1974
    In Nicosia, Cyprus, Greek Junta-sponsored nationalists launch a coup d'état, deposing President Makarios and installing Nikos Sampson as Cypriot president.
  • 1975
    Space Race: Apollo–Soyuz Test Project features the dual launch of an Apollo spacecraft and a Soyuz spacecraft on the first joint Soviet-United States human-crewed flight. It was both the last launch of an Apollo spacecraft, and the Saturn family of rockets.
  • 1979
    U.S. President Jimmy Carter gives his so-called “malaise” speech, where he characterizes the greatest threat to the country as “this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation” but in which he never uses the word malaise
  • 1980
    A massive storm tears through western Wisconsin, causing US$160 million in damage.
  • 1983
    A terrorist attack is launched by Armenian militant organisation ASALA at the Paris-Orly Airport in Paris; it leaves 8 people dead and 55 injured.
  • 1985
    The Nintendo Entertainment System, the best-selling game console of its time, is released in Japan.
  • 1996
    A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport.
  • 1997
    In Miami, Florida, serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan guns down Gianni Versace outside his home.
  • 2002
    “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.
  • 2002
    Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan hands down the death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • 2003
    AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.
  • 2009
    Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 crashes in northwestern Iran, killing all 153 aboard.

Who Were Born On July 15?

  • 1273
    Ewostatewos, Ethiopian monk and religious leader (d. 1352)
  • 1353
    Vladimir the Bold, Russian prince (d. 1410)
  • 1471
    Eskender, Emperor of Ethiopia (d. 1494)
  • 1553
    Archduke Ernest of Austria (d. 1595)
  • 1573
    Inigo Jones, English architect (d. 1652)
  • 1606
    Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Dutch painter (d. 1669)
  • 1631
    Jens Juel, Danish diplomat (d. 1700)
  • 1704
    August Gottlieb Spangenberg, German religious leader (d. 1792)
  • 1737
    Princess Louise Marie of France, daughter of King Louis XV of France (d. 1787)
  • 1779
    Clement Clarke Moore, American educator, author, and poet (d. 1863)
  • 1796
    Thomas Bulfinch, American mythologist (d. 1867)
  • 1799
    Reuben Chapman, American lawyer and politician (d. 1882)
  • 1808
    Henry Edward Manning, English Catholic archbishop and cardinal (d. 1892)
  • 1812
    James Hope-Scott, English barrister (d. 1873)
  • 1837
    Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, German-born Queen consort of Portugal, wife of King Peter V of Portugal (d. 1859)
  • 1848
    Vilfredo Pareto, Italian economist and sociologist (d. 1923)
  • 1850
    Saint Francesca Xavier Cabrini, Italian-born American Catholic nun and saint (d. 1917)
  • 1851
    Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian writer (d. 1889)
  • 1864
    Marie Tempest, English singer and actress (d. 1942)
  • 1865
    Wilhelm Wirtinger, Austrian mathematician (d. 1945)
  • 1870
    Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov, Russian publisher and politician (d. 1922)
  • 1871
    Kunikida Doppo, Japanese writer (d. 1908)
  • 1892
    Walter Benjamin, German literary critic and writer (d. 1940)
  • 1893
    Dick Rauch, American football player and coach (d. 1970)
  • 1894
    Tadeusz Sendzimir, Polish-American engineer and inventor (d. 1989)
  • 1899
    Seán Lemass, Irish politician, 3rd Taoiseach (d. 1971)
  • 1902
    Jean Rey, Belgian politician, 2nd President of the European Commission (d. 1983)
  • 1903
    Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian politician (d. 1975)
  • 1904
    Rudolf Arnheim, German-born American author and psychologist (d. 2007)
  • 1905
    Dorothy Fields, American librettist and lyricist (d. 1974)
  • 1906
    Rudolf Uhlenhaut, England-born German automotive engineer and test driver (Mercedes Benz) (d. 1989)
  • 1910
    Ken Lynch, American actor d. 1990
  • 1911
    Edward Shackleton, English explorer (d. 1994)
  • 1913
    Abraham Sutzkever, Russian Yiddish poet (d. 2010)
  • 1913
    Cowboy Copas, American country singer (d. 1963)
  • 1914
    Akhtar Hameed Khan, Pakistani social scientist, pioneer of microcredit in developing countries (d. 1999)
  • 1914
    Hammond Innes, English writer (d. 1998)
  • 1914
    Howard Vernon, Swiss actor (d. 1996)
  • 1915
    Albert Ghiorso, American nuclear scientist (d. 2010)
  • 1918
    Bertram N. Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 2003)
  • 1918
    Joan Roberts, American actress
  • 1919
    Iris Murdoch, Irish philosopher (d. 1999)
  • 1921
    Henri Colpi, French film director (d. 2006)
  • 1921
    Robert Bruce Merrifield, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2006)
  • 1922
    Leon M. Lederman, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1925
    Philip Carey, American actor (d. 2009)
  • 1926
    Driss Chraïbi, Moroccan novelist (d. 2007)
  • 1926
    Leopoldo Galtieri, Argentine dictator (d. 2003)
  • 1927
    Nan Martin, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1928
    Carl Woese, American microbiologist
  • 1929
    Charles Anthony, American tenor
  • 1929
    Francis Bebey, Cameroonian-born French musician and novelist (d. 2001)
  • 1930
    Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (d. 2004)
  • 1930
    Richard Garneau, French-Canadian sports journalist
  • 1930
    Stephen Smale, American mathematician
  • 1931
    Clive Cussler, American novelist
  • 1932
    Ed Litzenberger, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2010)
  • 1932
    Paulo Moura, Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist (d. 2010)
  • 1933
    Guido Crepax, Italian comics artist (d. 2003)
  • 1933
    Julian Bream, English guitarist and lutenist
  • 1934
    Harrison Birtwistle, English composer
  • 1934
    Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (d. 1977)
  • 1935
    Alex Karras, American football player and actor
  • 1935
    Donn Clendenon, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1935
    Ken Kercheval, American actor
  • 1936
    George Voinovich, American politician
  • 1938
    Barry Goldwater Jr., American politician
  • 1938
    Ernie Barnes, American painter and football player (d. 2009)
  • 1939
    Aníbal Cavaco Silva, Portuguese politician
  • 1939
    Patrick Wayne, American actor
  • 1940
    Ronald Gene Simmons, American mass-murderer (d. 1990)
  • 1941
    Denis Héroux, French-Canadian film director and producer
  • 1942
    Mil Máscaras, Mexican professional wrestler and actor
  • 1943
    Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Irish astrophysicist
  • 1944
    Jan-Michael Vincent, American actor
  • 1944
    Millie Jackson, American singer
  • 1945
    Jürgen Möllemann, German politician (d. 2003)
  • 1946
    Hassanal Bolkiah, 29th Sultan of Brunei
  • 1946
    Linda Ronstadt, American singer
  • 1947
    Peter Banks, British guitarist (Yes)
  • 1948
    Alicia Bridges, American singer
  • 1948
    Artimus Pyle, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • 1948
    Dimosthenis Kourtovik, Greek writer, literary critic and anthropologist
  • 1949
    Carl Bildt, Swedish politician
  • 1949
    Trevor Horn, British music producer
  • 1950
    Arianna Huffington, Greek-born American newspaper columnist
  • 1950
    Colin Barnett, Australian politician
  • 1951
    Jesse Ventura, American professional wrestler and politician
  • 1952
    Celia Imrie, British actress
  • 1952
    Johnny Thunders, American guitarist, singer and songwriter (New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers) (d. 1991)
  • 1952
    Judy McGrath, American television executive
  • 1952
    Terry O'Quinn, American actor
  • 1953
    Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haitian politician and Head of State
  • 1953
    John Denham, British politician
  • 1954
    Giorgos Kaminis, Greek professor of constitutional law and current mayor of Athens
  • 1954
    Jeff Jarvis, American journalist
  • 1954
    Mario Kempes, Argentine footballer
  • 1954
    Tarak Dhiab, Tunisian footballer
  • 1956
    Barry Melrose, Canadian hockey coach and commentator
  • 1956
    Ian Curtis, British singer and songwriter (Joy Division) (d. 1980)
  • 1956
    Joe Satriani, American guitarist
  • 1956
    Marky Ramone, American drummer (Ramones, Richard Hell & the Voidoids)
  • 1956
    Wayne Taylor, South African race car driver
  • 1958
    Gary Heale, English footballer
  • 1958
    Mac Thornberry, American politician
  • 1959
    Shep Pettibone, American record producer
  • 1959
    Vincent Lindon, French actor
  • 1960
    Kim Alexis, American supermodel and actress
  • 1960
    Willie Aames, American actor
  • 1961
    Forest Whitaker, American actor
  • 1961
    Jean-Christophe Grangé, French writer and screenwriter
  • 1961
    Lolita Davidovich, Canadian actress
  • 1961
    Scott Ritter, American UN weapons inspector
  • 1962
    Nikos Filippou, Greek basketball player
  • 1962
    Steve Brown, American darts player
  • 1963
    Brigitte Nielsen, Danish-born actress
  • 1963
    Steve Thomas, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1965
    David Miliband, British politician
  • 1965
    Eleftherios Fotiadis, Greek footballer
  • 1966
    Dimitris P. Kraniotis, Greek poet
  • 1966
    Irène Jacob, French-born Swiss actress
  • 1966
    Jason Bonham, English drummer (Bonham), son of John Bonham
  • 1967
    Adam Savage, co-host of the television series MythBusters
  • 1968
    Eddie Griffin, American comedian
  • 1968
    Stan Kirsch, American actor
  • 1971
    Danijela, Croatian singer
  • 1972
    Beth Ostrosky, American model
  • 1972
    Scott Foley, American actor
  • 1973
    Brian Austin Green, American actor
  • 1973
    Buju Banton, Jamaican dancehall reggae artist
  • 1973
    John Dolmayan, Lebanese-born American drummer (System of a Down)
  • 1973
    Kris Holm, Canadian mountain unicycling pioneer
  • 1974
    Chot Ulep, Filipino bassist and songwriter
  • 1974
    Chris Taylor, Australian comedian (The Chaser)
  • 1974
    Marilita Lambropoulou, Greek actress
  • 1975
    Ben Pepper, Australian basketball player
  • 1975
    Kara Drew (Cherry), American pro wrestler
  • 1976
    Diane Kruger, German actress and former fashion model
  • 1976
    Jim Jones, American rapper
  • 1977
    Andre Nel, South African cricketer
  • 1977
    Faraz Anwar, Pakistani guitarist (Mizraab)
  • 1977
    John St. Clair, American football player
  • 1977
    Kitana Baker, American model
  • 1977
    Lana Parrilla, American actress
  • 1977
    Ray Toro, American guitarist (My Chemical Romance)
  • 1978
    Miguel Olivo, Dominican baseball player
  • 1979
    Alexander Frei, Swiss footballer
  • 1979
    Laura Benanti, American musical theatre actress
  • 1980
    Jasper Pääkkönen, Finnish actor and film producer
  • 1980
    Jonathan Cheechoo, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Kelli Martin, American fashion designer
  • 1980
    Mike Zambidis, Greek kickboxer
  • 1980
    Reggie Abercrombie, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Alou Diarra, French footballer
  • 1981
    Marius Stankevičius, Lithuanian footballer
  • 1982
    Alan Pérez, Spanish cyclist
  • 1982
    Neemia Tialata, New Zealand All Black rugby player
  • 1983
    Nelson Merlo, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1984
    Alex Boyd, Scottish photographer
  • 1984
    Angelo Siniscalchi, Italian footballer
  • 1984
    Vice Cooler, American singer-songwriter (Hawnay Troof, Xbxrx)
  • 1985
    Chris Tiu, Filipino professional basketball player, TV host, commercial model, and politician
  • 1986
    Tyler Kennedy, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1989
    Tristan Wilds, American actor
  • 1990
    J.B. Gaynor, American actor
  • 1990
    Zach Bogosian, American ice hockey player
  • 1991
    Derrick Favors, American basketball player
  • 1992
    Koharu Kusumi, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)

Who Died On July 15?

  • 1085
    Robert Guiscard, Norman adventurer (b. c. 1015)
  • 1262
    Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford, English soldier (b. 1222)
  • 1274
    Bonaventure, Italian theologian and saint (b. 1221)
  • 1291
    Rudolph I of Germany, King of the Romans (b. 1218)
  • 1381
    John Ball, English priest (b. 1338)
  • 1406
    Duke William of Austria (b. c. 1370)
  • 1410
    Ulrich von Jungingen, German Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (killed in battle) (b. 1360)
  • 1521
    Juan Ponce de León, Spanish explorer (b. 1458)
  • 1544
    René of Châlon, Dutch Prince of the House of Orange (b. 1519)
  • 1571
    Shimazu Takahisa, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1514)
  • 1609
    Annibale Carracci, Italian painter (b. 1560)
  • 1614
    Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur de Brantôme, French historian and biographer (b. c. 1540)
  • 1655
    Girolamo Rainaldi, Italian architect (b. 1570)
  • 1685
    James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, illegitimate son of King Charles II of England (b. 1649)
  • 1750
    Vasily Tatishchev, Russian statesman (b. 1686)
  • 1765
    Charles-André van Loo, French painter (b. 1705)
  • 1767
    Michael Bruce, Scottish poet (b. 1746)
  • 1789
    Jacques Duphly, French composer (b. 1715)
  • 1828
    Jean Antoine Houdon, French sculptor (b. 1741)
  • 1839
    Winthrop Mackworth Praed, English poet (b. 1802)
  • 1844
    Claude Charles Fauriel, French historian (b. 1772)
  • 1857
    Carl Czerny, Austrian composer (b. 1791)
  • 1871
    Tad Lincoln, son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln (b. 1858)
  • 1885
    Rosalia de Castro, Spanish writer and poet (b. 1837)
  • 1890
    Gottfried Keller, Swiss writer (b. 1819)
  • 1898
    Jean-Baptiste Salpointe, French-born American Catholic prelate, the first Bishop of Arizona and the second Archbishop of Santa Fe (d. 1825)
  • 1904
    Anton Chekhov, Russian writer (b. 1860)
  • 1919
    Hermann Emil Fischer, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1852)
  • 1929
    Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Austrian writer (b. 1874)
  • 1930
    Leopold Auer, Hungarian violinist and composer (b. 1845)
  • 1930
    Rudolph Schildkraut, Istanbul born American actor (b. 1930)
  • 1931
    Ladislaus Bortkiewicz, Russian economist (b. 1868)
  • 1932
    Cornelis Jacobus Langenhoven, South African politician and writer (b. 1873)
  • 1933
    Freddie Keppard, American Jazz cornetist (b. 1890)
  • 1933
    Irving Babbitt, American literary critic (b. 1865)
  • 1940
    Eugen Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (b. 1857)
  • 1940
    Robert Wadlow, American; at 8 ft. 11.1 in, the tallest person ever known (b. 1918)
  • 1942
    Wenceslao Vinzons, Filipino politician and resistance leader (bayoneted to death) (b. 1910)
  • 1944
    Marie-Victorin, French Canadian De La Salle Christian Brother and botanist (b. 1885)
  • 1946
    Razor Smith, English cricketer (b. 1877)
  • 1947
    Walter Donaldson, American songwriter (b. 1893)
  • 1948
    John J. Pershing, U.S. general (b. 1860)
  • 1953
    Geevarghese Mar Ivanios, Indian Christian Bishop, founder of the Order of the Imitation of Christ (b. 1882)
  • 1957
    James M. Cox, American politician (b. 1870)
  • 1957
    Vasily Maklakov, Russian orator and liberal politician (b. 1869)
  • 1958
    Julia Lennon, English mother of John Lennon (b. 1914)
  • 1959
    Ernest Bloch, Swiss composer (b. 1880)
  • 1959
    Vance Palmer, Australian novelist, dramatist, essayist and critic (b. 1885)
  • 1960
    Lawrence Tibbett, American opera singer and actor (b. 1896)
  • 1960
    Set Persson, Swedish Communist politician (b. 1897)
  • 1961
    John E. Brownlee, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  • 1965
    Francis Cherry, American politician (b. 1908)
  • 1974
    Christine Chubbuck, American television news reporter (b. 1944)
  • 1977
    Donald Mackay, Australian anti-drugs campaigner (b. 1933)
  • 1979
    Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Mexican politician, 29th President of Mexico (b. 1911)
  • 1982
    Bill Justis, American trumpet and saxophone player and producer (b. 1926)
  • 1986
    Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (b. 1923)
  • 1989
    Laurie Cunningham, English footballer (b. 1956)
  • 1990
    Margaret Lockwood, British actress (b. 1916)
  • 1991
    Bert Convy, American actor (b. 1933)
  • 1992
    Chingiz Mustafayev, Azerbaijani journalist (b. 1960)
  • 1992
    Hammer DeRoburt, first President of Nauru (b. 1922)
  • 1993
    Bobby Kent, American murder victim (b. 1973)
  • 1993
    David Brian, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 1996
    Dana Hill, American actress (b. 1964)
  • 1997
    Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (b. 1946)
  • 2000
    Louis Quilico, Canadian baritone (b. 1925)
  • 2003
    Roberto Bolaño, Chilean writer (b. 1953)
  • 2003
    Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (b. 1920)
  • 2006
    Robert H. Brooks, American founder of Hooters of America (b. 1937)
  • 2008
    György Kolonics, Hungarian canoeist (b. 1972)
  • 2008
    Karl Unterkircher, Italian mountaineer (b. 1970)
  • 2009
    Natalya Estemirova, Russian activist (b. 1958)
  • 2010
    James E. Akins, American diplomat and advisor to Richard Nixon (b. 1926)
  • 2011
    Googie Withers, British actress (b. 1917)

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