September 15

Published in On this Day listing

  • 2008 Lehman Brothers, the fourth-largest US investment bank, filed for bankruptcy, bringing the global financial system close to collapse.
  • 1866 John Blake Dillon (50), lawyer, Young Irelander and co-founder of The Nation (1842), died from cholera.
  • 1859 Isambard Kingdom Brunel (53), Victorian engineer, died. Brunel’s SS Great Britain—the world’s first liner to be made entirely from iron and powered by a propeller—ran aground on the sands of Dundrum Bay, Co. Down, in September 1846 and remained there for eleven months.

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