October 15

This Day in History

1997

First Supersonic Land Speed Record

On this day in 1997, Andy Green of the United Kingdom set the first supersonic land speed record in history—still the current land speed record—driving Thrust SSC at speeds of 1227 kilometres per hour … (more...)

1989

Gretsky Breaks Scoring Record

During a game against his old team, the Edmonton Oilers, Canadian ice hockey great Wayne Gretsky breaks Gordie Howe's National Hockey League career scoring record of 1,850 points. Gretsky dominated … (more...)

1953

Nuclear Australia – The Totem 1 Tests of 1953

Following the devastating nuclear explosions over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, several nations scrambled to further develop the new technology, with the United States, Russia and Britain all … (more...)

1917

The Dangers of Spying – The Mata Hari Story

Mata Hari was the stage name for Dutch woman Margaretha Zelle (1876 -1917) who became a very well known exotic dancer in Europe during the decade leading up to the First World War. She had married … (more...)

1542

Akbar the Great Is Born

On this day in 1542, one of the greatest Mughal emperors in history, Akbar the Great, was born. Son of Humayun, grandson of Babur, and descendant of the Turks, Mongols, and Persians, Abu al-Fath … (more...)