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

  • 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.
  • 1536
    Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, stands trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest. She is condemned to death by a specially-selected jury.
  • 1755
    Laredo, Texas is established by the Spaniards.
  • 1776
    American Revolution: the Virginia Convention instructs its Continental Congress delegation to propose a resolution of independence from Great Britain, paving the way for the United States Declaration of Independence.
  • 1792
    War of the First Coalition: France declares war on Kingdom of Sardinia.
  • 1811
    Paraguay declares independence from Spain.
  • 1829
    The Aaronic Priesthood is restored to Joseph Smith Jr. and Oliver Cowdery, prior to the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • 1849
    Troops of the Two Sicilies take Palermo and crush the republican government of Sicily
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    USS Sailfish (SS-192) recommissioned, originally the USS Squalus.
  • 1942
    World War II: in the United States, a bill creating the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is signed into law.
  • 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.
  • 1960
    The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 4.
  • 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
    The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
  • 2010
    Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.

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