October 15: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on October 15

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.

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

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 facts about October 15th in history!

What Happened On October 15 In History?


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.

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.

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

The party fought against fascism, imperialism, racism, capitalism, and for the rights of Black and ethnic minorities.

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.

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.

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.

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


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

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


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.

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