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What happened on November 15
- November 15, 0655 Battle of Winwaed: Penda of Mercia is defeated by Oswiu of Northumbria.
- November 15, 1315 Battle of Morgarten the Schweizer Eidgenossenschaft ambushes the army of Leopold I of the House of Habsburg.
- November 15, 1492 Christopher Columbus notes first recorded reference to tobacco
- November 15, 1492 "In Spain, 6 Jews and 5 Conversos are accused of using black magic"
- November 15, 1515 Thomas Cardinal Wolsey is invested as a Cardinal
- November 15, 1533 "Francisco Pizarro arrives in Cuzco, Peru."
- November 15, 1715 "Barrier Treaty, Austria cedes area to the Netherlands"
- November 15, 1763 Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland
- November 15, 1791 "The first U.S Catholic college, Georgetown University, opens its doors."
- November 15, 1806 Pike expedition: Lieutenant Zebulon Pike sees a distant mountain peak while near the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains (it was later named Pikes Peak).
- November 15, 1824 Series of fires kills 10 (Edinburgh Scotland)
- November 15, 1854 "In Egypt, the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, is given the necessary royal concession."
- November 15, 1864 Sherman burns Atlanta
- November 15, 1867 "On this day in 1867, the first stock ticker is unveiled in New York City, the ticker was the brainchild of Edward Calahan, who configured a telegraph machine to print stock quotes on streams of paper tape (the same paper tape later used in ticker-tape parades)."
- November 15, 1869 Free postal delivery formally inaugurated
- November 15, 1884 Colonization of Africa organized at international conference in Berlin
- November 15, 1889 Brazil is declared a republic by Marechal Deodoro da Fonseca and Emperor Pedro II is deposed in a military coup.
- November 15, 1889 "Dom Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil, deposed; republic proclaimed"
- November 15, 1920 First assembly of the League of Nations is held in Geneva.
- November 15, 1920 Free City of Danzig established under League of Nations protection
- November 15, 1920 "League of Nations holds first meeting, in Geneva"
- November 15, 1926 The NBC radio network opens with 24 stations.
- November 15, 1935 Manuel Quezon is inaugurated as the first president of the Philippines.
- November 15, 1939 "In Washington, D.C., US President Franklin D. Roosevelt lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial."
- November 15, 1941 "Holocaust: SS chief Heinrich Himmler orders the arrest and deportation to concentration camps of all homosexuals in Germany, with the exception of certain top Nazi officials."
- November 15, 1942 World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219.
- November 15, 1943 "Holocaust: German SS leader Heinrich Himmler orders that Gypsies were to be put ""on the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps"". (see Porajmos)"
- November 15, 1944 Government approves sending members of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) to New Guinea to replace men for service in forward areas Members of the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) and the Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS) were already serving in New Guinea
- November 15, 1948 "Louis Stephen St. Laurent succeeds William Lyon Mackenzie King as Prime Minister of Canada. King had the longest combined time (3 terms, 22 years in total) as Premier in Commonwealth of Nations history."
- November 15, 1949 Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte are executed for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi.
- November 15, 1957 "US sentences Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel to 30 years and $3,000 fine"
- November 15, 1958 Morocco promulgates a press code.
- November 15, 1959 "Four members of the Herbert Clutter Family are murdered at their farm outside Holcomb, Kansas."
- November 15, 1965 Craig Breedlove sets land speed record (600.601 mph-966.57 kph)
- November 15, 1966 Gemini XII returns to Earth
- November 15, 1967 Michael Adams in X-15 reaches 80 km
- November 15, 1967 The only fatality of the X-15 program occurs during the 191st flight when Air Force test pilot Michael J. Adams loses control of his aircraft which is destroyed mid-air over the Mojave Desert.
- November 15, 1969 "250,000 peacefully demonstrate in Wash DC against the Vietnam War"
- November 15, 1969 Cold War: The Soviet submarine K-19 collides with the American submarine USS Gato in the Barents Sea.
- November 15, 1969 "Dave Thomas opens the first Wendy's fast food restaurant in Columbus, Ohio."
- November 15, 1969 "Janis Joplin, accused of vulgar and indecent language in Tampa, FL"
- November 15, 1970 The Soviet Lunokhod 1 moon rover lands on the moon.
- November 15, 1971 "Intel releases world's first commercial single-chip microprocessor, the 4004."
- November 15, 1976 Ren Lvesque and the Parti Qubcois take power to become the first Quebec government of the 20th century clearly in favour of independence.
- November 15, 1978 "183 die as Icelandic Airlines DC-8 crashes in Colombo, Sri Lanka"
- November 15, 1978 "A chartered DC-8 crashes near Colombo, Sri Lanka, killing 183."
- November 15, 1979 "A package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing."
- November 15, 1979 ABC-TV announces it would broadcast nightly specials on Iran hostage
- November 15, 1979 British government identifies Sir Anthony Blunt as 4th man in Soviet spy ring
- November 15, 1980 Number one hit on UK music charts - Blondie - The Tide Is High
- November 15, 1980 "Pope John Paul II began 5 day visit to West Germany,"
- November 15, 1983 Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is founded. Recognised only by Turkey
- November 15, 1984 "The movie ""A Christmas Story"" was released in Australia"
- November 15, 1985 A research assistant is injured when a package from the Unabomber addressed to a University of Michigan professor explodes.
- November 15, 1985 The Anglo-Irish Agreement is signed at Hillsborough Castle by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald.
- November 15, 1987 28 of 82 aboard Continental Airlines DC-9 die in crash at Denver
- November 15, 1988 "In the Soviet Union, the unmanned Shuttle Buran is launched on her first and last space flight."
- November 15, 1988 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: An independent State of Palestine is proclaimed by the Palestinian National Council.
- November 15, 1988 "PLO proclaims the State of Palestine, recognizes Israeli existence"
- November 15, 1988 Soviet space shuttle makes unmanned maiden flight (2 orbits)
- November 15, 1988 "The first Fairtrade label, Max Havelaar, is launched in the Netherlands."
- November 15, 1990 President Bush signs the Clear Air Act of 1990
- November 15, 1990 "Producers acknowledge that Milli Vanilli, who won the 1990 ""Best New Artist"" Grammy Award, did not sing on their album."
- November 15, 1993 13 Cuban refugees land in Florida after stealing a crop-duster in Cuba.
- November 15, 1999 Neopets was launched.
- November 15, 2000 "A chartered Antonov AN-24 crashes after takeoff from Luanda, Angola killing more than 40 people"
- November 15, 2002 Hu Jintao becomes general secretary of the Communist Party of China.
- November 15, 2004 "New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey leaves office, three months after resigning due to a gay extra-marital affair. State Senator Richard Codey takes over as interim governor."
- November 15, 2005 Boeing formally launches the stretched Boeing 747-8 variant with orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines.
- November 15, 2006 The Al Jazeera English news channel is launched.
- November 15, 2007 "Barry Bonds, the all time home run king in Major League baseball, is indicted on federal charges of perjury and obstruction of justice."
- November 15, 2009 A group of Cuban dissidents holed up in a house in Havana begin a liquid-only fast.
- November 15, 2009 APEC leaders say a deal on global warming will not be possible before next month's United Nations summit in Denmark.
- November 15, 2009 "Belle de Jour, the best-selling author of The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl, identifies herself as Dr. Brooke Magnanti, a specialist in cancer epidemiology at the Bristol Initiative for Research of Child Health."
- November 15, 2009 Chechen security forces kill up to 20 anti-government fighters southwest of the capital Grozny.
- November 15, 2009 Colombia announces it will release four detained members of the Venezuelan National Guard who were arrested on Colombian territory
- November 15, 2009 "Domenico Raccuglia, considered one of Italy's 30 most dangerous fugitives, is arrested after 15 years on the run."
- November 15, 2009 Four people are hospitalised and at least 60 others are injured at Millennium Point in Birmingham during a performance by JLS. The rest of the event is cancelled.
- November 15, 2009 Iran's Parliament approves President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's final three ministerial choices.
- November 15, 2009 Kosovars go to the polls for the first local elections since declaring independence from Serbia.
- November 15, 2009 Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologises for the role of the United Kingdom in sending thousands of children to former colonies in the 20th century.
- November 15, 2009 The Metro Gold Line extension opens in East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights after decades of planning.
- November 15, 2009 The Nigerian rebel group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta announces it has begun peace talks with the government.
- November 15, 2009 "U.S. President Barack Obama becomes the first U.S. President to meet with Burma's military government, calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners."