October 15: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, October 15, 1924, the Statue of Liberty's fingers, which clasp the handle of her torch, were fully installed?

October 15th is known as Global Handwashing Day as well as Grouch Day.

We’ve reached the 288th day of the year. There are 77 days left until the end of the year.

You are going to be surprised by the number of interesting events that all happened on October 15th in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1924, the Statue of Liberty’s fingers, which clasp the handle of her torch, were fully installed? This was one of the finishing touches, and she was unveiled two weeks later.

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

What Events Happened On October 15 In History?

2001 NASA’s Galileo spacecraft skimmed by Jupiter’s moon, Lo, at just 112 miles (180 km).

OTD in 2001: NASA's Galileo spacecraft skimmed by Jupiter's moon
The probe was launched on October 18, 1989.

1995 Saddam Hussein was reelected president of Iraq through a referendum.

1972 The tennis player Chris Evert won the first WTA Tour Championship in Florida.

Unfortunately, she wasn't awarded the prize money of $25,000 because she was only 17 years old.

1966 Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black-rights political organization, Black Panther Party.

OTD in 1966: Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black-rights political organization
The party fought against fascism, imperialism, racism, capitalism, and for the rights of Black and ethnic minorities.

1952 The children’s novel “Charlotte’s Web,” written by E. B. White, was published.

The story tells of a pig on a farm, named Wilbur, who is due to be slaughtered and spider who leaves a message on her web reading "Some Pig" in a bid to save the pigs life.

1941 Hitler declared that all of Germany’s Jews must be relocated and Polish Jews found outside of their ghettos would be shot on sight.

Additionally, anyone who helped Jewish people would be killed too.

1940 Charlie Chaplin’s satirical movie “The Great Dictator” was released in the US.

OTD in 1940: Charlie Chaplin's satirical movie "The Great Dictator" was released in the US.

1937 Ernest Hemingway’s “To Have and Have Not” was published in the US.

1924 The Statue of Liberty’s fingers, which clasp the handle of her torch, were fully installed.

1888 The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche celebrated his 44th birthday by beginning his autobiography called “Ecce Homo” which was published in 1908.

1860 Grace Bedell, at 11 years old, wrote to Abraham Lincoln saying he should grow a beard.

Later, the former president did grow a beard and met with her in February 1861.

1783 Aviation pioneers, the Montgolfier brothers, made the first human ascent in a hot air balloon.

Étienne Montgolfier piloted the tethered flight in the Réveillon workshop in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, a suburb of Paris.

Famous Quotes Said On October 15

Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on this day.


“When one is frightened of the truth then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of.”

– Ludwig Wittgenstein


“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”

– Sigmund Freud

Famous People Born On October 15

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

1995 Cameron Fuller

American Actor

Cameron Fuller
26 years old
Born In:

1992 Vincent Martella

American Actor

Vincent Martella
29 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

Special Holidays On October 15

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

October 15: Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day

October 15: National Grouch Day

National Grouch Day

October 15 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on October 15 share the Libra star sign.

People born in October all have the Pink Tourmaline birthstone. Tourmaline comes in almost every color of the rainbow. At one point in time, every color of tourmaline had different names; however, these days, the color is added as a prefix, such as “pink tourmaline” or “green tourmaline.”

If you were born on Oct 15, your estimated date of conception would be January 22 in the same year.

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