15 September in History



1795: Britain seizes the Dutch Cape Colony.

1812: Napoleon’s army reaches the Kremlin in Moscow.

1835: The HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reaches the Galápagos Islands.

1916: Tanks are used for the first time in war, during the Battle of the Somme.

1935: The Nuremberg Laws of Nazi Germany are passed, depriving Jews of German citizenship.

1952: The UN cedes Eritrea to Ethiopia.



1245: Marco Polo, Italo-Croatian explorer.

1830: Porfirio Diaz, 29th President of Mexico.

1890: Agatha Christie, British crime novelist, known as the inventor of Hercule Poirot.

1946: Tommy Lee Jones, American actor, known for The Fugitive and Men in Black.

1971: Wayne Ferreira, South African tennis player.

1977: Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Nigerian writer and novelist.



1859: Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English architect and designer.

2004: Johnny Ramone, American guitarist and songwriter for The Ramones.


15 September is Knowledge Day in Azerbaijan, Engineers Day in India, and the International Day of Democracy.

Facebook Comments

About Author

Grocott's Mail Contributors includes content submitted by members of the public, and public and private institutions and organisations - regular and occasional, expert and citizen, opinion and analysis.

Comments are closed.