November 15: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, November 15, 1969, the first Wendy's restaurant opened in Columbus, Ohio?

November 15th is known as Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day and I Love to Write Day.

We made it to day 319 of the year and there’s only 46 days left to go until we reach the new year.

Looking to increase your knowledge about this day? Let us quench that thirst with these intriguing facts and historical events that all happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1969, the first Wendy’s restaurant opened in Columbus, Ohio? It quickly became known for its square beef patties and “Frosty” desserts.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about November 15th in history!

What Events Happened On November 15 In History?

2013 Sony released their PlayStation 4 in North America and sold one million units within 24 hours.

OTD in 2013: Sony released their PlayStation 4 in North America and sold one million units within 24 hours. Read More

2011 Ubisoft released Rayman Origins worldwide for PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360.

It was widely acclaimed as the best 2D platformer of its generation. While the Nintendo Wii version was well received, it wasn't as popular on other platforms. Despite its high reviews, sales were rather dismal, with just 50,000 copies selling worldwide within the first month.

2001 Microsoft entered the video game market with the launch of its first game console, the Xbox.

Much of the first Xbox's success came down to the game it was launched alongside, Halo. The Xbox sold more than 1.5 million units in the US alone by the end of the year.

1988 The Soviet Union’s uncrewed Buran space shuttle completed its first and only space flight.

The Buran was the first spaceplane created by the Soviet/Russian Buran space program. A second uncrewed flight was scheduled for 1993, but this was ultimately scrapped due to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 2002 the Buran space shuttle was destroyed when the hangar it was stored in collapsed.

1969 The first Wendy’s restaurant opened in Columbus, Ohio, US.

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1904 American businessman King Camp Gillette was granted his patent for the safety razor.

1849 The US held its first poultry show at Boston’s Public Garden.

1837 Isaac Pitman introduced his shorthand system, “Stenographic Shorthand,” for writing.

1835 On his second voyage, Charles Darwin arrived at Tahiti and noted rich fertile lands and intelligent natives.

OTD in 1835: On his second voyage

1806 Lieutenant Zebulon Pike spotted an unnamed mountain peak while exploring the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

While on the Pike Expedition, new parts of the area were discovered, and as a result, the newly mapped peak was named Pikes Peak.

1777 The Continental Congress ratified the Articles of Confederation, the first government rule for the newly-formed United States of America.

OTD in 1777: The Continental Congress ratified the Articles of Confederation

The Articles were replaced by the current US Constitution 12 years later.

1660 The first-ever licensed kosher butcher opened in New York City.


1620 English military officer Myles Standish lead 16 men to explore Cape Cod.

1492 Christopher Columbus wrote about tobacco use by the natives of New England.

Famous People Born On November 15

Is today your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Jeffree Star! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

1985 Jeffree Star

American YouTuber

Jeffree Star
37 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1991 Shailene Woodley

American Actress

Shailene Woodley
31 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1985 Lily Aldridge

American Model

Lily Aldridge
37 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1974 Chad Kroeger

Canadian Musician

Chad Kroeger
48 years old
Born In:
Alberta, Canada

Special Holidays On November 15

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

November 15: National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

There comes a point in the year when your fridge desperately needs a refresh, and even then, we often still overlook the issue. So we’re here to tell you that today, on National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day, it’s time to finally clean your fridge!

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November 15: I Love to Write Day

I Love to Write Day

The funny thing about writing is that you don’t have to be the best author, poet, or playwright in the world to put down your thoughts on paper. If you love making up stories, coming up with new ideas, or just clearing your head - write it all down on I Love to Write Day!

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The Scoville Scale was calculated by diluting peppers in a solution that was then given to a group of people experienced with eating hot chilis to determine the rating.

November 15 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on November 15 all share the Scorpio star sign.

As soon as a Scorpio finds their purpose, they charge at it like a scorpion seizing its prey. When Scorpios have a goal, nothing gets in their way, and they are well-known for achieving incredible feats through their well-adapted strategy and persistence.

People born in November all have the Topaz birthstone. Topaz symbolizes rejuvenation and strength while also providing loyalty, faithfulness, and everlasting friendships.

For those of you who were born on Nov 15, you were likely conceived the same year on February 22.

A baby that is conceived on November 15, 2023, will be due next year around August 8.

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