Today in History
July 15

1099   Jerusalem falls to the Crusaders.
1410   Poles and Lithuanians defeat the Teutonic knights at Tannenberg, Prussia.
1685   The Duke of Monmouth is executed in Tower Hill in England.
1789   The electors of Paris set up a “Commune” to live without the authority of the government.
1806   Lieutenant Zebulon Pike begins his western expedition from Fort Belle Fontaine.
1813   Napoleon Bonaparte‘s representatives meet with the Allies in Prague to discuss peace terms.
1815   Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders aboard HMS Bellerophon and demands demanded asylum from British Captain Frederick Maitland. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]
1834   Lord Napier of England arrives at Macao, China, as the first chief superintendent of trade.
1863   Confederate raider Bill Anderson and his Bushwhackers attack Huntsville, Missouri, stealing $45,000 from the local bank.
1895   Ex-prime minister of Bulgaria, Stepfan Stambolov, is murdered by Macedonian rebels.
1901   Over 74,000 Pittsburgh steel workers go on strike.
1942   The first supply flight from India to China over the ‘Hump’ is flown.
1958   President Dwight Eisenhower sends 5,000 Marines to Lebanon to keep the peace.
1960   John F. Kennedy accepts the Democratic nomination for president.
Born on July 15
1606   Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch artist.
1779   Clement Moore, American scholar and educator.
1796   Thomas Bulfinch, historian and mythologist (The Age of Fable).
1836   William Winter, drama critic and essayist for The New York Times.
1850   Francis Xavier Cabrini, the first American canonized saint.
1904   Dorothy Fields, songwriter.
1906   Richard W. Armour, humorist and author (Twisted Tales from Shakespeare).
1913   Hammond Innes, English novelist.
1914   Gavin Maxwell, Scottish writer and naturalist (Ring of Bright Water).
1919   Iris Murdoch, British novelist (A Severed Head, The Black Prince).

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