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On This Day - October 15th

So, we’ve made it to the middle of the month, and Halloween is already well underway if you’re in the West. But, we also need to remember to cherish each date this month, and not just the 31st. For example, here are some of the most interesting things to know about October 15th – we’ve lots of details to share with you, which you might find even more interesting if you’re celebrating already!

On this day

facts about Spain

The Gregorian calendar commenced in Spain.

In 1582, the Gregorian calendar was finally introduced in Spain, Portugal, and the pontifical states. Having skipped ten days to sync up, the day before was actually October 4th… strange, but true!

facts about Napoleon

Napoleon began his exile.

In 1815, French military commander and self-proclaimed emperor Napoleon Bonaparte arrived at St Helena to begin his exile. He died at the age of 51 on the island, still exiled from France.

Battle of Shaho

The Battle of Shaho took place.

In 1904, Russian forces were driven back by the Japanese on this day as part of the Battle of Shaho – although both suffered terrible losses, with the Japanese number of casualties being around 16,000, and Russians reportedly losing more than 60,000.

Pan Am 6

A Pan Am flight landed on water.

In 1956, Pan Am Flight 6 from San Francisco to Honolulu became the first ever to land safely on water! All 24 passengers and seven crew members survived – a scary, but important moment for passenger transport history.

Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party came to fruition.

In 1966, the Black Panther Party was created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. The black nationalist party was created in Oakland, California, and went on to gain a mass following, rooted in Marxist ideology. The group would cease to exist by 1982.

Special Days Falling on October 15th

October 15th takes us into the middle of the month, and while many of you might be looking forward to Halloween, there are still plenty of reasons to mark this midpoint. If you’re not already celebrating today, here are a few reasons why 10/15 is worth marking the calendar.
facts Cambodia

Commemoration Day of King’s Father

Cambodia marks October 15th each year as the Commemoration Day of the King's Father – to give its full title, it's the Commemoration Day to the Royal Soul of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk, Preahmahaviraksat, King-Father of the Cambodian National Independence, Territorial Integrity and Unity! The day commemorates the death of Cambodia’s former King, Norodom Sihanouk, who died on this very date in 2012.

Rural Woman in India

International Day of Rural Women

Every October 15th, people around the world celebrate International Day of Rural Women. The day is dedicated to women in rural areas worldwide, who work tirelessly to support agriculture, their families, and their broader communities.


Global Handwashing Day

We all know that washing our hands multiple times a day is important – and the COVID-19 pandemic made that clearer to millions than ever before! And, if the pandemic taught us all something, it should be that many of us neglected to wash our hands properly, maybe even most of our lives! Remember that you need to use soap all over your hands, and rub the soap in for a while before rinsing – it will make all the difference.

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