On This Day in History for May 15 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 178 of 178

  • 1944 Sergei Aleksi becomes guardian of Patriarch Throne
  • 1945 World War II: The final skirmish in Europe is fought near Prevalje, Slovenia.
  • 1948 28 year old British Mandate over Palestine ends
  • 1948 Australia scores 721 runs in one day v Essex, world record
  • 1948 Troops from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia attack Israel
  • 1951 AT&T is 1st US company to have one million stockholders
  • 1951 The Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum.
  • 1952 Detroit Tiger Virgil Trucks no-hits Wash Senators, 1-0
  • 1953 Osip Zadkine's monument to "The destroyed city" unveiled in Rotterdam
  • 1955 Building of space travel center at Baikonur Kazachstan begins
  • 1955 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1955 Vienna Treaty: Britain, France, US & USSR restore Austria's independence
  • 1955 The first ascent of Makalu, the world's fifth highest mountain.

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1957 18,000 people at Madison Sq Garden-Billy Graham launched a crusade

Evangelist Billy Graham
Billy Graham
  • 1957 1st British H-bomb explosion (over Christmas Island)
  • 1958 USSR launches Sputnik III
  • 1960 Chic Cub Don Cardwell no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • 1960 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 7th String quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • 1960 Sputnik 4 launched into Earth orbit; later recovery failed
  • 1960 Taxes took 25% of earnings in US
  • 1961 36 Unification church couples wed in Korea

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1961 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et Magistra

  • 1962 US marines arrive in Laos
  • 1963 Last Project Mercury flight, L Gordon Cooper in Faith 7, launched
  • 1963 Peter, Paul & Mary win their 1st Grammy (If I Had a Hammer)
  • 1964 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1965 Igor Vodic beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1966 South Vietnamese army battle Buddhists, about 80 die
  • 1967 "In re Gault", US Supreme Court rules juveniles accused of crimes should be given same legal rights as adults
  • 1968 1st AL game played in Milwaukee, is a 4-2 California win against Chicago
  • 1968 A tornado strikes Jonesboro Arkansas at 10 PM, killing 36
  • 1969 Associate Justice Abe Fortas resigns from Supreme Court
  • 1970 Elizabeth Hoisington & Anna Mae Mays named 1st female US generals
  • 1970 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1970 Mississippi Highway Patrol kills 2 at Jackson State College
  • 1971 Radio Nordsee International's ship bombed
  • 1971 Irish Republican Army member William 'Billy' Reid is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast

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1972 Assassination attempt on US Governor George Wallace of Alabama by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Md

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • 1972 Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims. (Minia Egypt)
  • 1972 Ryukyu Is & Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 yrs of US control
  • 1972 The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
  • 1974 Mail truck terrorists take school in Maalot, 30 killed
  • 1974 Walter Scheel succeeds Gustav Heinemann as West German President
  • 1974 Ma'alot massacre: A total of 31 people, including hostage takers, are killed.
  • 1974 Beginning of the Ulster Workers' Council strike called by Ulster loyalists and unionists who were against the Sunningdale Agreement, which proposed the sharing of political power with Irish nationalists
  • 1975 11th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 9-4
  • 1976 Fonz Song by Heyettes hits #91
  • 1976 The Ulster Volunteer Force launch gun and bomb attacks on 2 pubs in County Armagh, killing 4 Catholic civilians and wounding many more; a British Army soldier is later convicted for taking part in the attacks
  • 1976 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill 3 Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers in County Fermanagh and 1 in County Down
  • 1980 1st trans-US balloon crossing
  • 1981 "Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" airs
  • 1981 Len Barker of Cleveland pitches perfect game vs Toronto
  • 1981 Soyuz 40 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Romanian) to Salyut 6
  • 1983 Madison Hotel (Boston) destroyed by implosion
  • 1986 Argentine ex-president Galtieri sentenced to 12 years
  • 1987 1st Energiya Launch (USSR)
  • 1988 USSR begins withdrawing its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan
  • 1989 Soviet Pres Gorbachev in Beijing for 1st Sino-Soviet summit in 30 yrs

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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

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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 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
  • 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 Alamodome in San Antonio TX opens
  • 1993 Montreal Expo retires their 1st #, #10 for Rusty Staub
  • 1995 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1997 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission
  • 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.
  • 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

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