15 October It Happened Today
70BC Birth of Roman poet Virgil.
1608 Birth of Italian inventor of the barometer Evangelista Torricelli.
1844 Birth of German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.
1928 The Graf Zeppelin airship lands in New Jersey after making the first transatlantic crossing.
1945 French leader of the Vichy government during WWII, Pierre Laval, is executed for collaborating with Nazi Germany.
1964 Death of American composer Cole Porter.
1993 ANC leader Nelson Mandela and South African president F W de Klerk are awarded the Nobel Peace prize.