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What Happened on May 15th This Day in History

Year Name
2013 An upsurge in violence in Iraq leaves more than 389 people dead over three days.
2010 Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.
2008 California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state's own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional.
2004 Arsenal F.C. go an entire league campaign unbeaten in the English Premier League, joining Preston North End F.C. with the right to claim the title "The Invincibles".
2001 A CSX EMD SD40-2 rolls out of a train yard in Walbridge, Ohio, with 47 freight cars, including some tank cars with flammable chemical, after its engineer fails to reboard it after setting a yard switch. It travels south driverless for 66 miles (106 km) until it was brought to a halt near Kenton.[6] The incident became the inspiration for the 2010 film Unstoppable.
1997 The United States government acknowledges the existence of the "Secret War" in Laos and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other "Secret War" veterans.
1997 The Space Shuttle Atlantis launches on STS-84 to dock with the Russian space station Mir.
1991 Édith Cresson becomes France's first female Prime Minister.
1988 Soviet–Afghan War: After more than eight years of fighting, the Soviet Army begins to withdraw 115,000 troops from Afghanistan.
1974 Ma'alot massacre: Members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine attack and take hostages at an Israeli school; a total of 31 people are killed, including 22 schoolchildren.
1972 The Ryukyu Islands, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
1970 President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army generals.
1963 Project Mercury: The launch of the final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut Gordon Cooper on board. He becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, and the last American to go into space alone.
1957 At Malden Island in the Pacific Ocean, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb in Operation Grapple.
1948 Following the expiration of The British Mandate for Palestine, the Kingdom of Egypt, Transjordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia invade Israel thus starting the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.
1945 World War II: The Battle of Poljana, the final skirmish in Europe is fought near Prevalje, Slovenia.
1943 Joseph Stalin dissolves the Comintern (or Third International).
1942 World War II: In the United States, a bill creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is signed into law.
1941 First flight of the Gloster E.28/39 the first British and Allied jet aircraft.
1940 USS Sailfish is recommissioned. It was originally the USS Squalus.
1940 World War II: The Battle of the Netherlands: After fierce fighting, the poorly trained and equipped Dutch troops surrender to Germany, marking the beginning of five years of occupation.
1940 Richard and Maurice McDonald open the first McDonald's restaurant.
1933 All military aviation organizations within or under the control of the RLM of Germany were officially merged in a covert manner to form its Wehrmacht military's air arm, the Luftwaffe.
1932 In an attempted coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is assassinated.
1929 A fire at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio kills 123.
1919 The Winnipeg general strike begins. By 11:00, almost the whole working population of Winnipeg had walked off the job.
1919 Greek occupation of Smyrna. During the occupation, the Greek army kills or wounds 350 Turks; those responsible are punished by Greek commander Aristides Stergiades.
1918 The Finnish Civil War ends when the Whites took over Fort Ino, a Russian coastal artillery base on the Karelian Isthmus, from the Russian troops.
1911 In Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States, the United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an "unreasonable" monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up.
1911 More than 300 Chinese immigrants are killed in the Torreón massacre when the forces of the Mexican Revolution led by Emilio Madero take the city of Torreón from the Federales.
1905 The city of Las Vegas founded in Nevada, United States.
1891 Pope Leo XIII defends workers' rights and property rights in the encyclical Rerum novarum, the beginning of modern Catholic social teaching.
1864 American Civil War: Battle of New Market, Virginia: Students from the Virginia Military Institute fight alongside the Confederate army to force Union General Franz Sigel out of the Shenandoah Valley.
1851 The first Australian gold rush is proclaimed, although the discovery had been made three months earlier.
1850 The Arana–Southern Treaty is ratified, ending "the existing differences" between Great Britain and Argentina.
1849 The Sicilian revolution of 1848 is finally extinguished.
1836 Francis Baily observes "Baily's beads" during an annular eclipse.
1817 Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).
1791 French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre proposes the Self-denying Ordinance.
1648 The Peace of Münster is ratified, by which Spain acknowledges Dutch sovereignty.
1618 Johannes Kepler confirms his previously rejected discovery of the third law of planetary motion (he first discovered it on March 8 but soon rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made).
1602 Cape Cod is sighted by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold.
1536 Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, stands trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest; she is condemned to death by a specially-selected jury.
1525 Insurgent peasants led by Anabaptist pastor Thomas Müntzer were defeated at the Battle of Frankenhausen, ending the German Peasants' War in the Holy Roman Empire.
1252 Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad extirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition.
756 Abd al-Rahman I, the founder of the Arab dynasty that ruled the greater part of Iberia for nearly three centuries, becomes emir of Cordova, Spain.
589 King Authari marries Theodelinda, daughter of the Bavarian duke Garibald I. A Catholic, she has great influence among the Lombard nobility.
392 Emperor Valentinian II is assassinated while advancing into Gaul against the Frankish usurper Arbogast. He is found hanging in his residence at Vienne.
221 Liu Bei, Chinese warlord, proclaims himself emperor of Shu Han, the successor of the Han dynasty.
Famous People Born on May 15

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Year Name
1981 Zara Phillips, English equestrian
1963 Gavin Nebbeling, South African footballer
1891 Mikhail Bulgakov, Russian novelist and playwright (d. 1940)
1689 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer (d. 1762)
1869 Paul Probst, Swiss target shooter (d. 1945)
1959 Beverly Jo Scott, American-Belgian singer-songwriter
1859 Pierre Curie, French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1906)
1948 Brian Eno, English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer
1895 Prescott Bush, American captain, banker, and politician (d. 1972)
1996 Birdy, English singer-songwriter
Famous People Deaths On May 15

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Date Name
2020 Fred Willard, American actor, comedian, and writer (b. 1933)
1935 Kazimir Malevich, Ukrainian-Russian painter and theoretician (b. 1878)
1773 Alban Butler, English priest and hagiographer (b. 1710)
1470 Charles VIII, king of Sweden (b. 1409)
1945 Kenneth J. Alford, English soldier, bandmaster, and composer (b. 1881)
1964 Vladko Maček, Croatian lawyer and politician (b. 1879)
2007 Jerry Falwell, American pastor, founded Liberty University (b. 1933)
1994 Gilbert Roland, American actor (b. 1905)
1036 Go-Ichijō, emperor of Japan (b. 1008)
2012 Carlos Fuentes, Mexican novelist and essayist (b. 1928)