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May 15 - Today in History
By Staff
May 15, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0392 - Valentinianus II, emperor of Rome (375-392), murdered at 21
0756 - Abd-al-Rahman I becomes emir of Cordova Spain
0884 - Marinus I dies, ending his reign as Catholic Pope
1004 - Henry II the Saint crowned king of Italy
1174 - Nur ad-Din Mahmud, King of Syria, dies
1213 - English king John names Stephen Langton Archbishop of Canterbury
1248 - Archbishop Konrad v Hochstaden lays cornerstone for K�ln cathedral
1470 - Charles VIII, Knutsson Bonde, King of Sweden (14??-70), dies
1492 - Cheese and Bread rebellion: German mercenaries kills 232 Alkmaarse
1525 - German boer army surrounded/slaughters 5,000; ends Boer war
1536 - Anna Boleyn and Lord Rochford accused of adultery/incest
1567 - Mary, Queen of Scots marries James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell
1572 - Louis van Nassau and huguenots occupy Valenciennes
1591 - Dimitri Ivanovitch, Russian son of czar Ivan IV, murdered at 9
1602 - Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold
1610 - Parliament of Paris appoints Louis XIII (8) as French king
1618 - Johannes Kepler discovers harmonics law
1625 - 16 rebellious farmers hanged in V�cklamarkt Upper-Austria
1648 - Treaty of Muenster: Spain and Netherlands ratified
1665 - Pope Alexander VII convicts Jansenisme
1672 - First copyright law enacted by Massachusetts
1702 - War of Spanish Succession, first Amer conflict between England and France
1718 - James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's first machine gun
1730 - Robert Walpole becomes England first prime minister (was chief minister)
1796 - France and Sardinia sign Peace treaty of Paris
1796 - French troops occupy Milan
1800 - King George III survives a second assassination attempt
1800 - Pope Pius VII calls on French bishops to return to Gospel principles
1817 - Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority, under T Matulesia
1829 - Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith
1836 - Francis Baily observes "Baily's Beads" during annular solar eclipse
1849 - Philadelphia Turngemeinde founded
1851 - Rama IV, [Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua], king of Thai (1851-68), crowned
1856 - Second SF Vigilance Committee organized
1858 - Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden London
1862 - -May 17] Battle of Princeton WV
1862 - Battle of Drewry's Bluff (Ft Darling), Virginia
1862 - Confederate cruiser The Alabama runs aground near London
1862 - Department of Agriculture created
1862 - General Benjamin F Butler delegates "Woman Order" of NO to be his whores
1862 - Union Grounds, Brooklyn, first baseball enclosure, opens
1864 - Battle of New Market, Virginia
1864 - Skirmish at Marksville (Avoyelles) (Red River Campaign)
1868 - Dutch government of Zuylen van Nijevelt falls
1869 - National Woman Suffrage Assn forms
1873 - Alexander J Cuza, monarch of Moldavia/Romania, dies at 53
1876 - Second Kentucky Derby: Bobby Swim aboard Vagrant wins in 2:38�
1882 - May Laws-Czar Alexander III bans Jews from living in rural Romania
1883 - Italy signs military treaty with Austria-Hungary and Germany
1885 - Canadian M�ti insurgent Louis Reil captured, Saskatchewan
1886 - Emily Dickinson, US poet, dies at 55
1891 - British Central African Protectorate (now Malawi) forms
1891 - Operations begin at Philips and Co in Holland
1891 - Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Rerum novarum
1894 - 20th Kentucky Derby: Frank Goodale aboard Chant wins in 2:41
1896 - Tornado kills 78 in Texas
1902 - Lyman Gilmore is first person to fly a powered craft
1902 - Portugal bankrupt by revolt in Angola
1905 - Las Vegas Nevada founded
1905 - Pierre de Brazza reaches Leopoldville
1906 - NY Giants' Hooks Wiltse strikes out 4 batters in 1 inning
1911 - British house of commons accept Parliament Bill
1911 - Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Indiana University, incorporates
1911 - Supreme Court dissolves Standard Oil (Sherman Antitrust Act)
1912 - 37th Preakness: Clarnence Turner on Colonel Holloway wins in 1:56.6
1912 - Ty Cobb rushes a heckler at a NY Highlander game and is suspended
1915 - A T and T becomes first corporation to have 1 million stockholders
1916 - Asiago Italy falls when Austrian troops attack the Italian front
1918 - First airmail postal service (NY, Phila and Wash DC)
1918 - First regular airmail service (between NY and Wash) inaugurated
1918 - 43rd Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard War Cloud wins in 1:53.6
1918 - 44th Preakness: Charles Peak aboard Jack Hare Jr wins in 1:53.4
1918 - Greeks troops lands at Smyrna
1918 - Washington Senator Walter Johnson pitches 1-0, 18 inning game
1919 - Bkln Dodgers score 10 runs in 13th to beat Reds 10-0
1920 - Soccer team ADO '20 forms in Heemskerk
1923 - Cooperation of Dutch Molen forms
1926 - Mohammed VI Vahideddin, last sultan of Turkey (1918-22), dies
1926 - 52nd Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson on Bubbling Over wins in 2:03.8
1926 - British general strike ends, but mine workers go on strike
1928 - Mickey Mouse made his first appearance
1929 - Fire in X-ray film stock kills 125 at Crile Clinic (Cleve Ohio)
1930 - Ellen Church becomes first airline stewardess, United (SF to Cheyenne)
1931 - Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Quadragesimo anno
1932 - Ki Inukai, premier Japan (1931-32), murdered
1933 - First voice amplification system to be used in US Senate
1934 - Dept of Justice offers $25,000 reward for Dillinger, dead or alive
1934 - Karlis Ulmanis names himself fascist dictator of Latvia
1935 - Pirates beat Phillies 20-5
1936 - Amy Johnson arrives in Croydon England from S Afr in record 4d16h
1937 - 63rd Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 1:58.4
1938 - Paul-Henri Spak forms red coalition of Belgium
1940 - First nylon stockings sold in US
1940 - First successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300
1940 - German armour division moves into Northern France
1940 - German troops occupy Amsterdam, Gen Winkelman surrenders
1940 - Nazi's capture General Dutch Persbureau (ANP)
1940 - Nylon stockings go on sale for first time (US)
1940 - Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris
1941 - First British turbojet flies
1941 - British attack Halfaya-pass and Fort Capuzzo in Egypt and Libya
1941 - Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1
1941 - Nazi occupiers in Neth forbid Jewish music
1942 - Gasoline first rationed in US (17 Eastern States)
1942 - Nazi occupiers in Neth arrests 2,000 Dutch officers
1943 - Halifax bombers sinks U-463
1943 - Warsaw ghetto uprising ends, in it's destruction
1944 - 14,000 Jews of Munkacs Hungary deported to Auschwitz
1944 - Cincinnati Red Clyde Shoun no-hits Boston Braves, 1-0
1944 - Eisenhower, Montgomery, Churchill and George VI discuss D-Day plan
1944 - Sergei Aleksi becomes guardian of Patriarch Throne
1948 - 28 year old British Mandate over Palestine ends
1948 - 74th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:02.4
1948 - Australia scores 721 runs in one day v Essex, world record
1948 - Bradman scores 187 Aust v Essex, 124 minutes, 33 fours 1 five
1948 - Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi-Arabia troops attack Israel
1951 - ATandT is first US company to have one million stockholders
1952 - Detroit Tiger Virgil Trucks no-hits Wash Senators, 1-0
1952 - Johnny Longden becomes second jockey to ride 4,000 winners
1953 - Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Joe Walcott in Chicago
1953 - Osip Zadkines monument to "The destroyed city" unveiled in Rotterdam
1953 - Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 1 for heavywgt boxing title
1955 - Austrian state treaty signed making Austria independent again
1955 - Building of space travel center at Baikonur Kazachstan begins
1955 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1955 - Vienna Treaty: Brit, France, US and USSR restores Austria's independence
1957 - 18,000 people at Madison Sq Garden-Billy Graham launched a crusade
1957 - First British H-bomb explosion (over Christmas Island)
1958 - USSR launches Sputnik III
1959 - 100th anniversary of first college baseball game, between Amherst and Williams Teams reenact the original contest
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 - "Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19
1961 - 36 Unification church couples wed in Korea
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 and Mary win their first Grammy (If I Had a Hammer)
1963 - Tottenham Hotspur wins 3rd Europe Cup II at Rotterdam
1964 - Sporting Portugal wins 4th Europe Cup II at Antwerp
1964 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1965 - 91st Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Tom Rolfe wins in 1:56.2
1965 - Canadian Football Players Association organizes
1965 - Igor Vodic beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
1966 - First day of Sunday play in County Cricket, Essex v Somerset
1966 - Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Invitational
1966 - South Vietnamese army battle Buddhists, about 80 die
1967 - Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1967 - Paul McCartney meets his future wife Linda Eastman
1968 - First AL game played in Milwaukee, is a 4-2 Calif win against Chicago
1968 - A tornado strikes Jonesboro Arkansas at 10 PM, killing 36
1968 - Paul McCartney and John Lennon appear on Johnny Carson Show to promote Apple records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host
1969 - Associate Justice Abe Fortas resigns from Supreme Court
1970 - Beatles' last LP, "Let It Be," is released in US
1970 - Elizabeth Hoisington and Anna Mae Mays named first female US generals
1970 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1970 - Mississippi Highway Patrol kills 2 at Jackson State College
1970 - South-Africa excluded from Olympic play
1971 - 97th Preakness: Gustavo Avila aboard Canonero II wins in 1:54
1971 - Radio Nordsee International's ship bombed
1972 - Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims. (Minia Egypt)
1972 - George Wallace shot and left paralyzed by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Md
1972 - Ryukyu Is and Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 yrs of US control
1973 - California Angel Nolan Ryan's first no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0
1974 - Mail truck terrorists take school in Ma�lot, 30 killed
1974 - Walter Scheel succeeds Heinemann as president
1975 - 11th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 9-4
1975 - Emmy second Daytime Award and Emmy News and Documentaries Award presentation
1976 - 102nd Preakness: John Lively aboard Elocutionist wins in 1:55
1976 - Emmy Creative Arts Award presentation
1976 - Fonz Song by Heyettes hits #91
1976 - Kentucky Moonrunner by Cledus Maggard hits #85
1977 - Jane Blalock wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
1980 - First trans-US balloon crossing
1980 - Flyers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs
1980 - Shawn Weatherly, (SC (will win Miss Universe), crowned 29th Miss USA
1981 - "Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" airs
1981 - Second City TV's (SCTV) network premier (NBC)
1981 - George Harrison releases "All Those Years Ago" in UK
1981 - Len Barker of Cleveland pitches perfect game vs Toronto
1981 - SCTV Network 90, sequel to Second City Television debut on NBC
1981 - Soyuz 40 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Rumanian) to Salyut 6
1982 - 108th 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 wins 25th Europe Cup II at Rotterdam
1986 - Theodore H White, US journalist (Making of President, Pulitzer), dies at 71
1986 - Argentine ex-president Galtieri sentenced to 12 years
1987 - First 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 perfs
1988 - Second American Comedy Award: Robin Williams and Tracey Ullman
1988 - Moscow began withdrawing its 115,000 troops in Afghanistan
1988 - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
1988 - Soviets begin withdrawal from Afghanistan
1989 - "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances
1989 - Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams and replace him with Cito Gaston
1989 - Soviet President Gorbachev in Beijing for first 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 - "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" by Vincent Van Gogh sold for $825 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
1991 - Defense releases docs claiming Noriega is "CIA's man in Panama"
1991 - Edith Cresson becomes France's first female premier
1991 - Manchester United wins 31th Europe Cup II at Rotterdam
1991 - Nepal premier Bhattarai resigns
1991 - Pres Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A's-Balt Oriole game
1991 - Red Sox and 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 - 119th Preakness: Mike Smith aboard Prairie Bayou wins in 1:56.6
1993 - Alamodome in San Antonio TX opens
1993 - Jane Seymour and James Kesch, Marriage
1993 - Montreal Expo retires their first #, #10 for Rusty Staub
1994 - 40th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Laura Davies
1995 - China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1997 - ABC News and Starwave Corp launch ABCNEWS.com
1997 - STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission
1999 - 125th Preakness
2001 - A runaway freight train rolled about 70 miles through Ohio with no one aboard before a railroad employee jumped onto the locomotive and brought it to a stop
2003 - Texas Democrats boarded two buses and returned home after a self-imposed four-day exile in Oklahoma that temporarily succeeded in killing a redistricting plan they opposed
2003 - Country musician June Carter Cash died at age 73
2006 - A defiant Saddam Hussein refused to enter a plea at his trial, insisting he was still Iraq's president as a judge formally charged him with crimes against humanity
2006 - The Pentagon disclosed the names of everyone detained at the Guantanamo Bay prison since it opened four years earlier
2006 - The United States removed Libya from its list of terrorist states and said it would restore normal diplomatic relations

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