On This Day

What Happened on May 15, 2008

Historical Events

  • 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.

Famous Deaths

  • Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, dies at 88
  • Robert Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer, younger brother of Joey Dunlop, dies after a crash at 47
  • Tommy Burns, Scottish soccer midfielder (8 caps; Celtic, Kilmarnock) and manager (Scotland, Celtic, Kilmarnock, Reading), dies of melanoma at 51
  • Walt Dickerson, American jazz vibraphone player, and composer ("To My Queen"), dies of cardiac arrest at 80
  • Willis Lamb, American physicist (Nobel 1955), dies at 94
2008 Highlights

About May 15, 2008

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 14 years, 1 month and 21 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Taurus

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