About May 15

May 15, 2021 is the 135th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 230 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 262 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 15

  • 1525
    The battle of Frankenhausen ends the German Peasants’ War.
  • 1701
    The War of the Spanish Succession begins.
  • 1796
    First Coalition: Napoleon enters Milan in triumph.
  • 1811
    Paraguay declares independence from Spain.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of New Market, Virginia – students from the Virginia Military Institute fight alongside the Confederate Army to force Union General Franz Sigel out of the Shenandoah Valley.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Resaca, Georgia ends.
  • 1869
    Woman’s suffrage: in New York, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman Suffrage Association.
  • 1891
    Pope Leo XIII defends workers’ rights and property rights in the encyclical Rerum Novarum, the beginning of modern Catholic social teaching.
  • 1905
    Las Vegas, Nevada, is founded when 110 acre, in what later would become downtown, are auctioned off.
  • 1919
    Greek invasion of İzmir. During the invasion, the Greek army kills or wounds 350 Turks. Those responsible are punished by the Greek Commander Aristides Stergiades.
  • 1919
    The Winnipeg General Strike begins. By 11:00 am, almost the whole working population of Winnipeg, Manitoba had walked off the job.
  • 1929
    A fire at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio kills 123.
  • 1936
    Amy Johnson arrives back in England after a record-breaking return flight to Cape Town
  • 1942
    World War II: in the United States, a bill creating the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is signed into law.
  • 1960
    The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 4.
  • 1970
    President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals.
  • 1974
    Ma'alot massacre: In an Arab terrorist attack and hostage taking at an Israeli school, a total of 31 people are killed, including 22 schoolchildren.
  • 1987
    The Soviet Union launches the Polyus prototype orbital weapons platform. It fails to reach orbit.
  • 1988
    Soviet war in Afghanistan: After more than eight years of fighting, the Red Army begins its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
  • 1991
    Edith Cresson becomes France’s first female prime minister.

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