On This Date- October 15th

 Featured Event  from the Encyclopedia Britannica

1959: Final conference on Antarctic Treaty

On this day in 1959 a final conference on the Antarctic Treaty convened in Washington D.C., and, after six weeks of negotiations, the treaty was signed by 12 countries, preserving the continent for free scientific study.

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1987: A military coup in Burkina Faso overthrew head of state Thomas Sankara, killing him and eight others.
1969: President Cabdirashiid Cali Shermaʾarke (Abdirashid Ali Shermarke) of Somalia was assassinated.
1934: Chinese communists began the Long March, the 6,000-mile (10,000-km) trek that resulted in the relocation of the communist revolutionary base from southeast China to northwest China and the emergence of Mao Zedong as the undisputed leader of the Chinese Communist Party.
1844: Classical scholar and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born in Prussia.
1839: Encouraged by her uncle Leopold, Queen Victoria of England proposed to her cousin, Prince Albert.
879: Boso convoked the bishops of Provence and had them proclaim him their king.
70 : Virgil, the Roman poet best known for his national epic, the Aeneid, was born near Mantua.
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