Historical Events on May 15 (Part 2)

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Sports History

1981 "Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" airs

All Those Years Ago

1981 George Harrison releases single "All Those Years Ago" in UK: the song was a tribute to John Lennon, and featured Ringo Starr on drums, and Paul and Linda McCartney on backing vocals

  • 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 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

Event of Interest

1986 Former President of Argentina Leopoldo Galtieri is sentenced to 12 years in prison for mishandling the Falkland Islands War [1]

  • 1987 1st Energiya Launch (USSR)

Film & TV History

1987 Last episode of "The Late Show with Joan Rivers" after the host is fired by the Fox network

  • 1987 Record archery score for a pair over 24 hrs, is set
  • 1988 "Gospel at Colonus" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 61 performances

Film & TV History

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

Musical Finale

1988 Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford's musical "Carrie", based on Stephen King's novel, closes at Virginia Theater, NYC, after 5 performances

  • 1988 Michael Rupert and Jerry Colker's musical "Mail" closes at Music Box Theater, NYC, after 37 performances
  • 1988 USSR begins withdrawing its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan
  • 1989 "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • 1989 Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams & replace him with Cito Gaston
  • 1989 Maxwell House coffee runs ads during "Roe vs Wade" movie despite threat of boycott by right-to-lifers

Summit of Interest

1989 Soviet President Gorbachev visits Beijing for the 1st Sino-Soviet summit in 30 years

  • 1989 US Basketball League cancels its summer schedule
  • 1990 "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC for 56 performances

Event of Interest

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

  • 1990 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,822.45
  • 1990 Edmonton Oiler Petr Klima scores to defeat Boston Bruins in third overtime period, the longest Stanley Cup Finals game in history
  • 1990 Mona Grudt, 19, of Norway, crowned 39th Miss Universe

Event of Interest

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

  • 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
  • 1991 Red Sox & White Sox play then slowest 9 inning game (4:11)

Sports History

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

  • 1992 Colombo '92 opens in Genoa Italy
  • 1992 NY department 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 38th Eurovision Song Contest: Niamh Kavanagh for Ireland wins singing "In Your Eyes" in Millstreet
  • 1993 Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas opens
  • 1993 Montreal Expo retires their 1st number, #10 for Rusty Staub

LPGA Championship

1994 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Laura Davies of England wins her second major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Alice Ritzman

  • 1995 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1997 ABC News & Starwave Corp launch ABCNEWS.com

Music Premiere

1997 Philip Glass' Symphony No. 4 ("Heroes"), based loosely on David Bowie's 1977 album "Heroes" premieres with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields conducted by Martn Brabbins. at the Crouch End Festival in North London, England

  • 1997 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission
  • 1999 124th Preakness: Chris Antley wins aboard Charismatic for the second leg of an unsuccessful Triple Crown campaign
  • 1999 Columbus Crew Stadium (now Historic Crew Stadium), the 1st Major League Soccer stadium constructed in the United States


2001 "Fiesta" single released by R. Kelly featuring Jay-Z and Boo & Gotti (Billboard Song of the Year 2001)

Bowling for Columbine

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

  • 2002 10th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at Glasgow

Shrek 2

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 129th Preakness: Stewart Elliott aboard Smarty Jones wins in 1:55.59
  • 2004 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

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

Laureus Awards

2005 Laureus World Sports Awards, Casino Estoril, Portugal: Sportsman: Roger Federer; Sportswoman: Kelly Holmes; Team: Greece Men's National Football team

  • 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.

Farrah's Story

2009 "Farrah's Story" documentary following Farrah Fawcett's battle with cancer airs on NBC in the US

  • 2009 Eurostat report that Austria, Belgium, and Romania have all entered recession in the first quarter of 2009
  • 2009 French Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies announce French narrowly avoided recession in 2008, gross domestic product shrank 1.2% in 1st quarter of 2009 after falling by 1.5% in final quarter of 2008
  • 2010 135th Preakness: Martin Garcia aboard Lookin At Lucky wins in 1:55.47

FA Cup Final

2010 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (88,335): Chelsea beats Portsmouth,1-0; Didier Drogba scores 59' winner; Blues' 6th title

  • 2010 Jessica Watson at age 16 becomes the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world

The Artist

2011 "The Artist" directed by Michel Hazanavicius and starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo premieres at the Cannes Film festival (Best Picture 2012)

  • 2011 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: K. J. Choi of South Korea defeats David Toms on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win $1.71 million winner's cheque
  • 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

Event of Interest

2015 Carl Icahn invests $100 million in Lyft, a ride-sharing service

  • 2016 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: World #1 and reigning PGA Champion Jason Day of Australia leads wire-to-wire to win by 4 strokes ahead of Kevin Chappell
  • 2017 1st US prosecution under federal Hate Crimes Act of violence against transgender person, murder of Mercedes Williamson
  • 2017 State of Emergency declared in Sanaa, Yemen after outbreak of cholera kills 115
  • 2017 UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test
  • 2018 "Laurel vs Yanny" disagreement over what word heard in an audio file begins across social media
  • 2018 58 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and 1700 hospitalized on the Gaza border protesting opening of US embassy in Jerusalem and 70 year founding of Israel

Event of Interest

2018 Controversial Kerch bridge linking Russia and annexed Crimea opened by Russian President Vladimir Putin. At 19km the longest bridge in Europe.

  • 2018 Flyover collapses in Varanasi, India, killing at least 18
  • 2018 Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim is released from prison after being pardoned by King Muhammad V
  • 2018 North Korea threatens to pull out of summit with US and South Korea saying it can "not hide our feeling of repugnance" towards US security advisor John Bolton
  • 2018 Taliban forces attack and claim to has seized control of the western city of Farah, Afghanistan
  • 2019 Alabama passes law banning abortion in almost all cases including rape or incest
  • 2019 Findings from China's Chang'e-4 rover to the Moon suggests huge asteroid created the giant crater on Moon's far side with impact so great it cracked its crust and reached the mantle below published in "Nature"

Event of Interest

2019 Five of world's biggest tech companies pledge to tackle extremist material at "The Christchurch Call" initiative in Paris hosted by Jacinda Ardern and Emmanuel Macron

  • 2019 Jeff Koons "Rabbit" sculpture sells for $91.1 million, setting a new record for work by a living artist at auction; buyer later identified as hedge fund manager and MLB NY Mets owner Steve Cohen
  • 2019 Mexico City declares an environmental emergency after air pollution reaches dangerous levels
  • 2019 US birthrate in 2018 the lowest for 32 years (total fertility rate 1,728 births per 1,000 women), with record lows for teen births
  • 2020 Germany, Europe's largest economy, officially in recession due to COVID-19, as figures show economy shrank 2.2% 1st 3 months of 2020
  • 2021 China lands its Zhurong rover on Utopia Planitia, Mars, for the first time as part of the Tianwen-1 mission [1]
  • 2022 British rock band "The Who" returns to Cincinnati, Ohio for the first time since tragic December 1979 stampede that killed 11 concert goers [1]
  • 2022 Finland's government says it intends to apply to join NATO, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, ending decades of neutrality [1]
  • 2022 Hassan Sheikh Mohamud elected President of Somalia in a vote restricted to the country's 328 members pf parliament amid security concerns
  • 2022 MLB Pirates win 1-0 over Cincinnati Reds, despite getting no hits, in Pittsburgh

Cover Model Martha Stewart

2023 Martha Stewart is Sports Illustrated oldest-ever cover model at 81, appearing as part of its swimsuit issue [1]