November 15

This Day in History

2008

Sirius Star Becomes Largest Ship Ever Captured

"On this day in 2008, the oil tanker MV Sirius Star became the largest ship ever captured when it was hijacked by Somali pirates southeast of the Kenyan coast. The double-hulled very large crude … (more...)

1908

China’s Last Empress Dies

"On this day in 1908, China's Empress Dowager Cixi died amidst extraordinary circumstances, ending one of the most intriguing lives in modern history. In the early 1850s, Cixi first came to the … (more...)

1889

Brazil’s Last Emperor Deposed

After a 49-year reign, Pedro II, the second and last emperor of Brazil, is deposed in a military coup. The Brazilian monarchy was established in 1822 when Portugal's crown prince, Dom Pedro, defied … (more...)