1878 – The Edison Electric Light Company began operation on the 15th October 1878.
1943 ~ Penny Marshall the American actress, producer, television and director was born Carole Penny Marshall in New York City on the the 15th October 1943. Penny Marshall is best known for her role as Laverne DeFazio on the Laverne & Shirley sitcom. YouTube video: Laverne & Shirley Season 1 Opening (1976)…
1956 – Fortran, the 1st modern computer language, is shared with the coding community for the first time.
1997 – The 1st supersonic land speed record was set by Andy Green in ThrustSSC in the UK on the 15th October 1997, 50 years (& 1 day) after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in the Earth’s atmosphere.
2006 ~ The HAWAii EARTHQUAKE with a magnitude 6.7 occurred on on the 16th October 2006. The earthquake occurred offshore and measured 6.7 on the moment magnitude scale, at a depth of 29 km (18 miles). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center measured a 102 mm (4 inch) tsunami on the coast of the Big Island. The earthquake caused property damage of over $200 million, plus injuries, landslides, power outages, and airport delays and closures. The most severe damage caused by the earthquake was focused on the northern regions of the island of Hawaii.
2011 – Global protests broke out in 951 cities in 82 countries on the 15th October 2011.
Today in History for October 15th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…