Historical Events on May 15 (Part 2)

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  • 1980 Shawn Weatherly, (SC (will win Miss Universe), crowned 29th Miss USA
  • 1981 "Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" airs

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1981 George Harrison releases "All Those Years Ago" in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1981 Len Barker of Cleveland pitches perfect game vs Toronto
  • 1981 SCTV Network 90, sequel to Second City Television, debuts on NBC
  • 1981 Soyuz 40 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Romanian) to Salyut 6
  • 1982 107th Preakness: Jack Kaenel aboard Aloma's Ruler wins in 1:55.4
  • 1983 Lenore Muraoka wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • 1983 Madison Hotel (Boston) destroyed by implosion
  • 1985 Everton of England wins 25th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 3-1 in Rotterdam
  • 1986 Argentine ex-president Galtieri sentenced to 12 years
  • 1987 1st Energiya Launch (USSR)
  • 1987 Record archery score for a pair over 24 hrs, is set
  • 1988 "Carrie" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1988 "Gospel at Colonus" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 61 performances

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1988 2nd American Comedy Award: Robin Williams & Tracey Ullman

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • 1988 USSR begins withdrawing its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan
  • 1988 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
  • 1989 "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • 1989 Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams & replace him with Cito Gaston
  • 1989 Soviet Pres Gorbachev in Beijing for 1st Sino-Soviet summit in 30 yrs
  • 1989 US Basketball League cancels its summer schedule
  • 1989 Maxwell House coffee runs ads during "Roe vs Wade" movie despite threat of boycott by right-to-lifers
  • 1990 "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 56 performances

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1990 "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" by Vincent van Gogh sold for $82.5 million

  • 1990 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,822.45
  • 1990 Edmonton Oiler Klima beats Boston Bruins in 6th period
  • 1990 Mona Grudt, 19, of Norway, crowned 39th Miss Universe

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1991 Defense releases docs claiming Noriega is "CIA's man in Panama"

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1991 Edith Cresson becomes France's 1st female premier
  • 1991 Manchester United of England win 31th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona 2-1 in Rotterdam
  • 1991 Nepal premier Bhattarai resigns

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1991 US President George H. W. Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A's-Balt Oriole game

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1991 Red Sox & White Sox play then slowest 9 inning game (4:11)
  • 1992 Colombo '92 opens in Genoa Italy
  • 1992 NY dept store chain Alexanders announces closing of all 11 stores
  • 1992 Part of Cruger Avenue in Bronx renamed Regis Philbin Avenue
  • 1993 118th Preakness: Mike Smith aboard Prairie Bayou wins in 1:56.6
  • 1993 Alamodome in San Antonio TX opens
  • 1993 Montreal Expo retires their 1st #, #10 for Rusty Staub
  • 1993 38th Eurovision Song Contest: Niamh Kavanagh for Ireland wins singing "In Your Eyes" in Millstreet

Sport awardGolf Major

1994 40th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Laura Davies

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1995 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1997 ABC News & Starwave Corp launch ABCNEWS.com
  • 1997 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission
  • 1999 124th Preakness: Chris Antley aboard Charismatic wins in 1:55.20

Film release premierFilm Premier

2002 "Bowling for Columbine", a documentary directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore
  • 2002 10th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at Glasgow
  • 2004 129th Preakness: Stewart Elliott aboard Smarty Jones wins in 1:55.59

Film release premierFilm Premier

2004 "Shrek 2" directed Andrew Adamson and Kelly Asbury, with voices by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

  • 2004 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul

Film release premierFilm Premier

2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Music awardsMusic Awards

2007 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win

  • 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.
  • 2009 The French Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies announce that French gross domestic product shrank 1.2% in the first quarter of 2009 after falling by 1.5% in the final quarter of 2008; the French economy had avoided narrowly a recession in 2008
  • 2009 Eurostat report that Austria, Belgium, and Romania have all entered recession in the first quarter of 2009
  • 2010 Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.
  • 2010 135th Preakness: Martin Garcia aboard Lookin At Lucky wins in 1:55.47
  • 2011 "The Artist" directed by Michel Hazanavicius and starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo premieres at the Cannes Film festival (Best Picture 2012)
  • 2012 Eurozone economy narrowly avoids recession
  • 2012 Greece's fifth attempt to a form a coalition government fails and new June elections are scheduled
  • 2013 The Eurozone records a recession for the sixth straight quarter