About May 15

May 15, 2022 is the 135th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 230 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 252 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 15

  • 1252
    Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad exstirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition.
  • 1525
    The battle of Frankenhausen ends the German Peasants’ War.
  • 1602
    Bartholomew Gosnold becomes the first European to see Cape Cod.
  • 1648
    The Treaty of Westphalia signed.
  • 1791
    Maximilien Robespierre proposes the Self-denying Ordinance.
  • 1850
    The Bloody Island Massacre takes place in Lake County, California, in which a large number of Pomo Indians in Lake County are slaughtered by a regiment of the United States Cavalry, led by Nathaniel Lyon.
  • 1858
    Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.
  • 1904
    The Russian minelayer Amur laid a minefield about 15 miles off Port Arthur and sank Japan’s battleships Hatsuse, 15,000 tons, with 496 crew and “Yashima”.
  • 1919
    The Winnipeg General Strike begins. By 11:00 am, almost the whole working population of Winnipeg, Manitoba had walked off the job.
  • 1935
    The Moscow Metro is opened to public.
  • 1940
    USS Sailfish (SS-192) recommissioned, originally the USS Squalus.
  • 1948
    Following the demise of the British Mandate of Palestine, Egypt, Transjordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia invade Israel thus starting the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
  • 1951
    The Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum.
  • 1969
    People’s Park: California Governor Ronald Reagan has an impromptu student park owned by University of California at Berkeley fenced off from student anti-war protestors, sparking a riot called Bloody Thursday.
  • 1970
    President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals.
  • 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.
  • 1997
    The United States government acknowledges the existence of the “Secret War” in Laos and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other “Secret War” veterans.
  • 2010
    Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.

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