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On This Day in History - 15th October


1858John L Sullivan, American heavyweight boxing champion
1881Sir P.G Wodehouse, Novelist, creator of 'Jeeves and Wooster'
1905C.P Snow, English author
1925Mickey Baker, Of the singing group 'Mickey and Sylvia'
1937Barry Mcguire, Pop singer
1946Richard Carpenter, Former member of the 'Carpenters' duo
1947Chris Deburgh, Argentine born Pop singer
1959The Duchess of York


1928The airship 'Graf Zeppelin' made its first transatlantic flight
1946Herman Goering killed himself by taking poison, hours before he was due to hang for war crimes
1956The last RAF Lancaster bomber was retired from service
1962Amnesty International was formed in London
1970In Melbourne, Australia's biggest bridge, the West Gate Bridge, collapsed killing 33 people
1987Fiji was made a republic, after belonging to Britain since 1874
1990Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize