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    World Map / This Day in History / What happened in November / What Happend on November 15

    November 15 in History

    1315Swiss soldiers ambush and slaughter invading Austrians in the battle of Morgarten.
    1533The explorer Francisco Pizarro enters Cuzco, Peru.
    1626The Pilgrim Fathers, who have settled in New Plymouth, buy out their London investors.
    1777The Articles of Confederation, instituting perpetual union of the United States of America, are adopted by Congress.
    1805Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their party reach the mouth of the Columbia River, completing their trek to the Pacific.
    1806Explorer Zebulon Pike discovers the Colorado Peak that bears his name, despite the fact that he didn’t climb it.
    1864Union Major General William T. Sherman’s troops set fires that destroy much of Atlanta’s industrial district prior to beginning Sherman’s March to the Sea.
    1881The American Federation of Labor is founded.
    1909M. Metrot takes off in a Voisin biplane from Algiers, making the first manned flight in Africa.
    1917Kerensky flees and Bolsheviks take command in Moscow.
    1920Forty-one nations open the first League of Nations session in Geneva..
    1922It is announced that Dr. Alexis Carrel has discovered white corpuscles.
    1930General strikes and riots paralyze Madrid, Spain.
    1937Eighteen lawsuits are brought against the Tennessee Valley Authority, calling for its dissolution.
    1942An American fleet defeats a Japanese naval force in a clash off Guadalcanal.
    1946The 17th Paris Air Show opens at the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees. It is the first show of this kind since World War II.
    1952Newark Airport in New Jersey reopens after closing earlier in the year because of an increase in accidents.
    1957Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev asserts Soviet superiority in missiles, challenging the United States to a rocket-range shooting match.
    1960The first submarine with nuclear missiles, USS George Washington, takes to sea from Charleston, South Carolina.
    1962Cuba threatens to down U.S. planes on reconnaissance flights over its territory.
    1963Argentina voids all foreign oil contracts.
    1965In the second day of combat, regiments of the 1st Cavalry Division battle on Landing Zones X-Ray against North Vietnamese forces in the Ia Drang Valley.
    1969A quarter of a million anti-Vietnam War demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.
    1976A Syrian peace force takes control of Beirut, Lebanon.
    1984Baby Fae dies 20 days after receiving a baboon heart transplant in Loma Linda, California.
    1985Anglo-Irish Agreement signed by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald.
    1988Palestinian National Council proclaims an independent State of Palestine.
    1990People’s Republic of Bulgaria replaced by a new republican government.
    2007Cyclone Sidr strikes Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5,000 people.

    Born on November 15

    1708William Pitt the Elder, secretary of state of England whose strategies helped win the Seven Years War.
    1738Sir William Hershel, British astronomer who discovered Uranus.
    1887Georgia O’Keefe, American artist.
    1891Erwin Rommel, German field marshal in World War II.
    1906Curtis LeMay, general in US Army Air Corps and later US Air Force; vice presidential running mate of George Wallace in 1968; credited with planning the strategic bombing campaign against Imperial Japan during WWII.
    1907Claus von Stauffenberg, German army officer; a leader in the failed July 20, 1944, assassination attempt against Adolf Hitler.
    1913Guy Green, English film director, screenwriter, cinematographer; won Academy Award for cinematography for Great Expectations (1946); received Lifetime Achievement Award from BAFTA (2002) and named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (2004).
    1925Howard Baker, Ameican politician; Senate Majority Leader (1981-85), White House Chief of Staff under Ronald Reagan (1987-88), Ambassador to Japan (2001-05).
    1939W. C. Clark, blues musician known as the "Godfather of Austin Blues.".
    1940Sam Waterston, actor, producer, director (The Killing Fields; TV movie Lincoln; Jack McCoy, Law & Order TV series).
    1941Daniel Pinkwater, author best known for his children’s books and Young Adult fiction (The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death).
    1942Daniel Barenboim, Israeli pianist and conductor.