On this day: October 15

POSTED: 09:59 PM PDT Oct 11, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 14, 2014 

Napoleon goes into exile, "I Love Lucy" debuts, vice-presidential candidates debate for the first time, Wayne Gretzky sets the NHL's points record, and the nation meets "Balloon Boy" and his family, all on this day.

OTD October 15 - ThrustSSC
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1997: The jet-propelled car ThrustSSC sets a new world land speed record, reaching a speed of 763 mph and becoming the first car to officially break the sound barrier.

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