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

  • 1648
    The Treaty of Westphalia signed.
  • 1701
    The War of the Spanish Succession begins.
  • 1792
    War of the First Coalition: France declares war on Kingdom of Sardinia.
  • 1800
    George III of the United Kingdom survives an assassination attempt by James Hadfield, who is later acquitted by reason of insanity.
  • 1817
    Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1858
    Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.
  • 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.
  • 1891
    Pope Leo XIII defends workers’ rights and property rights in the encyclical Rerum Novarum, the beginning of modern Catholic social teaching.
  • 1911
    In Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States, the United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an “unreasonable” monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up.
  • 1928
    Mickey Mouse premiered in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy
  • 1932
    The May 15 Incident: in an attempted Coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed.
  • 1934
    Kārlis Ulmanis establishes an authoritarian government in Latvia.
  • 1940
    McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
  • 1943
    Joseph Stalin dissolves the Comintern (or Third International).
  • 1945
    World War II: The final skirmish in Europe is fought near Prevalje, Slovenia.
  • 1963
    Project Mercury: The launch of the final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut L. Gordon Cooper on board. He becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space.
  • 1972
    In Laurel, Maryland, Arthur Bremer shoots and paralyzes Alabama Governor George Wallace while he is campaigning to be become President.
  • 1991
    Edith Cresson becomes France’s first female prime minister.
  • 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.

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