October 15 1917
Dutch spy H21, also known as Mata Hari, is executed in Paris by a 12-man firing squad. The dancer, born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, had slept with a number of high-ranking military officers from around the world and passed secrets along to the German high command. After death, her body is given to the University of Paris medical school for dissection.
October 15 1951
“I Love Lucy” premiered on CBS-TV.
October 15 1981
Mork & Mindy’s baby finally hatches, who they name Mearth.
October 15 1989
Wayne Gretzky, while playing for the Los Angeles Kings, surpassed Gordie Howe’s NHL scoring record of 1,850 career points.