On This Day

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

Events in History

Events 101 - 187 of 187

  • 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 becomes the 1st US corporation to have a million stockholders after young car salesman Brady Denton purchases 7 shares worth $1,078
  • 1951 Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum
  • 1952 Detroit Tiger Virgil Trucks no-hits Washington Senators, 1-0
  • 1953 Osip Zadkine's monument to "The destroyed city" unveiled in Rotterdam
  • 1955 Building of space travel center at Baikonur Kazakhstan 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 Evangelist Billy Graham launches his "crusade" in front of 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden in NYC

Evangelist Billy Graham
Billy Graham

UKUK Tests a Hydrogen Bomb

1957 Operation Grapple: Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb near Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean

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The first British hydrogen bomb test, Operation Grapple
The first British hydrogen bomb test, Operation Grapple
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  • 1958 USSR launches Sputnik III
  • 1960 Chic Cub Don Cardwell no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • 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

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

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 and Anna Mae Mays named 1st female US generals
  • 1970 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 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

MurderAssassination Attempt

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

Governor of Alabama and Segregationist George Wallace
Governor of Alabama and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • 1972 Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims in 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 Walter Scheel succeeds Gustav Heinemann as West German President
  • 1974 Ma'alot massacre: Palestinian terrorist take school hostage, 25 mostly children killed and 68 injured
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 President Gorbachev in Beijing for 1st Sino-Soviet summit in 30 yrs

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1990 "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" by Vincent van Gogh sells 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
  • 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 Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas opens
  • 1993 Montreal Expo retires their 1st number, #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 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
  • 2009 Eurostat report that Austria, Belgium, and Romania have all entered recession in the first quarter of 2009
  • 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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2015 Carl Icahn invests $100 million in Lyft, a ride-sharing service

Investor and business magnate Carl Icahn
Investor and business magnate
Carl Icahn
  • 2017 UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test
  • 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
  • 2018 Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim is released from prison after being pardoned by King Muhammad V
  • 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

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 2018 Taliban forces attack and claim to has seized control of the western city of Farah, Afghanistan
  • 2018 Flyover collapses in Varanasi, India, killing at least 18
  • 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 "Laurel vs Yanny" disagreement over what word heard in an audio file begins across social media
  • 2019 Alabama passes law banning abortion in almost all cases including rape or incest

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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

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern
President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
  • 2019 Mexico City declares an environmental emergency after air pollution reaches dangerous levels
  • 2019 Jeff Koons "Rabbit" sculpture sells for 91.1 million, setting a new record for a work by a living artist at auction
  • 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
  • 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"
  • 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]

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