Tuesday, November 15, 2011

15th of November

It is the 318th day of the year, with only 46 days remaining until the new year.

1532 - Commanded by Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistadors under Hernando de Soto meet Inca leader Atahualpa for the first time, arranging a meeting on the city plaza the following day.

1533 - Francisco Pizzaro arrives in Cuzco, the capital of the Incan Empire.

1791 - The first U.S. Catholic college, Georgetown University, opens its doors.

1859 - The first modern revival of the Olympic Games takes place in Athens, Greece.

1864 - Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, burns Atlanta, Georgia and begins his famous March to the Sea.

1920 - First assembly of the League of Nations is held in Geneva, Switzerland.

1939 - In Washington, D.C., Franklin Roosevelt lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial.

1942 - This marks the first flight of the Heinkel He 219, German aircraft.

1943 - German SS leader Heinrich Himmler orders that Gypsies are to be put on the same level as Jews and sent to concentration camps.

1949 - Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte are executed for assassinating Mahatma Ghandi.

1968 - The U.S. Air Force launches Operation Commando Hunt, a large-scale bombing campaign against the Ho Chi Minh trail.

1969 - In Columbus, Ohio, Dave Thomas opens the first Wendy's restaurant.

1971 - Intel releases the world's first commercial single-chip microprocessor, the 4004.

2007 - Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5,000 people and destroyed the world's largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans.

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