Wednesday, September 18, 2019 (Week 38)

May 15 in History

What happened on May 15 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on may 15 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on may 15 in history.

1988
Soviets forces begin their withdrawal from Afghanistan.
1975
The merchant ship Mayaguez is recaptured from Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge.
1972
Gov. George Wallace is shot by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Maryland.
1968
U.S. Marines relieve army troops in Nhi Ha, South Vietnam after a fourteen-day battle.
1963
The last Project Mercury space flight, carrying Gordon Cooper, is launched.
1958
Sputnik III is launched by the Soviet Union.
1942
The United States begins rationing gasoline.
1930
Ellen Church becomes the first airline stewardess.
1918
Pfc. Henry Johnson and Pfc. Needham Roberts receive the Croix de Guerre for their services in World War I. They are the first Americans to win France’s highest military medal.
1916
U.S. Marines land in Santo Domingo to quell civil disorder.
1886
Emily Dickinson dies in Amherst, Mass., where she had lived in seclusion for the previous 24 years.
1864
At the Battle of New Market, Virginia Military Institute cadets repel a Union attack.
1862
The Union ironclad Monitor and the gunboat Galena fire on Confederate troops at the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff, Virginia.
1849
Neapolitan troops enter Palermo, Sicily.
1820
The U.S. Congress designates the slave trade a form of piracy.
1795
Napoleon enters the Lombardian capital of Milan in triumph.
1768
By the Treaty of Versailles, France purchases Corsica from Genoa.
1730
Following the resignation of Lord Townshend, Robert Walpole becomes the sole minister in the English cabinet.
1702
The War of Spanish Succession begins.
1618
Johannes Kepler discovers his harmonics law.
1614
An aristocratic uprising in France ends with the Treaty of St. Menehould.
1602
English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold discovers Cape Cod.
1213
King John submits to the Pope, offering to make England and Ireland papal fiefs. Pope Innocent III lifts the interdict of 1208.

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