July 15

This Day in History

1869

Margarine Patented

On this day in 1869, challenged by Emperor Louis Napoleon III to produce a satisfactory substitute for butter suitable for the empire's armed forces, French chemist Hippolyte Mege-Mouries patented a … (more...)

1606

Rembrandt born

The great Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn is born in Leiden on July 15, 1606, the son of a miller. His humble origins may help account for the uncommon depth of compassion given to all the subjects of … (more...)

1149

Church of the Holy Sepulchre Consecrated

On this day in 1149, the 50th anniversary of the First Crusade's conquest of Jerusalem, the new basilica of Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre was consecrated by bishop Patriarch Fulcherius. … (more...)