Today In History – 15 October

Important Events

1581 Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet “Ballet Comique de la Reine” is staged in Paris

1582 Gregorian calendar introduced in Spain, Portugal and pontifical states, after skipping 10 days after Oct 4 to sync the calendar

1815 Napoleon Bonaparte arrives on island of St Helena to begin his exile

1969 Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war

1993 Nelson Mandela and South African President F. W. de Klerk awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Today In Film & TV

2017 Actress Alyssa Milano’s tweet “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’” prompts flood of replies across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Today In Music

1977 Debbie Boone’s “You Light Up My Life” goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks

Today In Sports

1989 Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe as NHL’s all-time top scorer

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