On this day: October 15

Published On: Oct 12 2012 12:59:17 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 15 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

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.

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1888: The "From Hell" letter is sent by a person claiming to be the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. The letter and a box containing half a human kidney are received the following day by George Lusk, then head of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, a group of local volunteers who patrolled the streets of London's Whitechapel District during the murders.