Today in History: 15th October


Historical Events:

• 1917: World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany.
• 1924: Pres Calvin Coolidge declares Statue of Liberty a national monument.
• 1946: Smallest World Series share since 1918 (Cards $3,748, Red Sox $2,140).
• 1949: Billy Graham begins his ministry.
• 2012: World Rural Women’s Day.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1853: Friederich Wilhelm Jannasch, co-founder of the SA Music Academy, is born in Mamre, Cape Colony.
• 1917: Gottfried Andreas Watermeyer, SA poet, is born on a farm near Middelburg, CP.
• 1940: "The Great Dictator", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released.
• 1951: "I Love Lucy" debuts on CBS TV.


• 1910: Xenophon Constantine Balaskas, SA cricket player in nine tests, is born in Kimberley.
• 1994: The Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, wins 1-0 against Mauritius in a home game.
• 1994: The SA rugby team beats Argentina 46-26 in Johannesburg.
• 1999: The SA rugby team beats Uruguay 39-3 in a World Cup match in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba