May 15 Events in History - May 15 Birthdays - May 15 Deaths
2015 Google will begin testing self-driving cars on the streets of Mountain View, California this summer; the company has tested modified versions of existing vehicles but will now test cars developed specifically for self-driving
2014 eBay, Inc. will be introducing local, customized e-commerce sites and services throughout Latin America; the company will identify local demand in each market to provide targeted search results and offerings
2014 German company Linde begins constructing a facility to convert wind power to hydrogen; the plant will help Germany in its efforts to increase reliance on renewable energy sources
2013 The Arctic Council, an international forum that addresses issues faced by Arctic governments and the Arctic's indigenous people, gives China, India and four other nations observer status
2013 The sixth straight quarter of recession is announced by the Eurozone; Germany reports weak growth and negative growth is recorded in Spain, Italy and France
2012 France swears in Francois Hollande, the 24th President of France
2012 U.S. scientists develop a device that can generate electricity from genetically-engineered viruses; these piezoelectric materials are a step toward the development of personal power generators
2011 Suzanne Mubarek, wife of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek, has open heart surgery after having a heart attack brought on by a corruption investigation
2011 Two suspected Al-Quaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb members are arrested in Tunisia for carrying bombs and explosives near the city of Ramada
2010 Over 150 members of the Justice and Equality Movement are killed by Sudanese forces in their effort to gain control of a rebel held area in Darfur
1999 125th Preakness
1997 ABC News and Starwave Corp launch
1997 STS-84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission
1995 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1994 40th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Laura Davies
1993 119th Preakness: Mike Smith aboard Prairie Bayou wins in 1:56.6
1993 Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas opens
1993 Jane Seymour and James Kesch, Marriage
1993 Montreal Expo retires their 1st #, #10 for Rusty Staub
1992 Colombo '92 opens in Genoa Italy
1992 New York department store chain Alexanders announces closing of all 11 stores
1992 Part of Cruger Avenue in Bronx renamed Regis Philbin Avenue
1991 Defense releases docs claiming Noriega is "CIA's man in Panama"
1991 Edith Cresson becomes France's 1st female premier
1991 Manchester United wins 31th Europe Cup II at Rotterdam
1991 Nepal premier Bhattarai resigns
1991 President Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A's-Baltimore Oriole game
1991 Red Sox and White Sox play then slowest 9 inning game (4:11)
1990 "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater New York City for 56 performances
1990 "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" by Vincent Van Gogh sold for $825 million
1990 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,822.45
1990 Edmonton Oiler Klima beats Boston Bruins in 6th period
1990 Mona Grudt, 19, of Norway, crowned 39th Miss Universe
1989 "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater New York City after 44 performances
1989 Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams and replace him with Cito Gaston
1989 Soviet President Gorbachev in Beijing for 1st Sino-Soviet summit in 30 yrs
1989 U.S. Basketball League cancels its summer schedule
1989 Maxwell House coffee runs ads during "Roe vs Wade" movie despite threat of boycott by right-to-lifers
1988 "Carrie" closes at Virginia Theater New York City after 5 performances
1988 "Gospel at Colonus" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City after 61 performances
1988 2nd American Comedy Award: Robin Williams and Tracey Ullman
1988 Moscow began withdrawing its 115,000 troops in Afghanistan
1988 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
1987 1st Energiya Launch (U.S.S.R.)
1987 Record archery score for a pair over 24 hours, is set
1986 Argentine ex-president Galtieri sentenced to 12 years
1985 Everton wins 25th Europe Cup II at Rotterdam
1983 Lenore Muraoka wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
1983 Madison Hotel (Boston) destroyed by implosion
1982 108th Preakness: Jack Kaenel aboard Aloma's Ruler wins in 1:55.4
1981 "Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" airs
1981 2nd City TV's (SCTV) network premier (NBC)
1981 George Harrison releases "All Those Years Ago" in the United Kingdom
1981 Len Barker of Cleveland pitches perfect game vs Toronto
1981 SCTV Network 90, sequel to Second City Television debut on NBC
1981 Soyuz 40 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Rumanian) to Salyut 6
1980 1st trans-U.S. balloon crossing
1980 Flyers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs
1980 Shawn Weatherly, (South Carolina (will win Miss Universe), crowned 29th Miss USA
1977 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
1976 102nd Preakness: John Lively aboard Elocutionist wins in 1:55
1976 Emmy Creative Arts Award presentation
1976 Fonz Song by Heyettes hits #91
1976 Kentucky Moonrunner by Cledus Maggard hits #85
1975 11th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yankees beat Mets 9-4
1975 Emmy 2nd Daytime Award and Emmy News and Documentaries Award presentation
1974 Mail truck terrorists take school in Maalot, 30 killed
1974 Walter Scheel succeeds Heinemann as president
1973 California Angel Nolan Ryan's 1st no-hitter beats Kansas City Royals, 3-0
1972 Assassination attempt on governor George Wallace of Alabama
1972 "Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater New York City for 6 performances
1972 Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims. (Minia Egypt)
1972 George Wallace shot and left paralyzed by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Maryland
1972 Ryukyu Is and Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 years of U.S. control
1971 "70, Girls, 70" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 35 performances
1971 97th Preakness: Gustavo Avila aboard Canonero II wins in 1:54
1971 Radio Nordsee International's ship bombed
1970 Beatles' last LP, "Let It Be," is released in US
1970 Elizabeth Hoisington and Anna Mae Mays named 1st female U.S. generals
1970 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1970 Mississippi Highway Patrol kills 2 at Jackson State College
1970 South Africa excluded from Olympic play
1969 Associate Justice Abe Fortas resigns from Supreme Court
1968 "Wonderwall" with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival
1968 1st AL game played in Milwaukee, is a 4-2 California win against Chicago
1968 A tornado strikes Jonesboro Arkansas at 10 PM, killing 36
1968 Paul McCartney and John Lennon appear on Johnny Carson Show to promote Apple records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host
1967 Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1967 Paul McCartney meets his future wife Linda Eastman
1966 1st day of Sunday play in County Cricket, Essex vs. Somerset
1966 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Invitational
1966 South Vietnamese army battle Buddhists, about 80 die
1965 91st Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Tom Rolfe wins in 1:56.2
1965 Canadian Football Players Association organizes
1965 Igor Vodic beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
1964 Sporting Portugal wins 4th Europe Cup II at Antwerp
1964 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1963 Last Project Mercury flight, L Gordon Cooper in Faith 7, launched
1963 Peter, Paul and Mary win their 1st Grammy (If I Had a Hammer)
1963 Tottenham Hotspur wins 3rd Europe Cup II at Rotterdam
1962 U.S. Marines arrive in Laos
1961 "Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19
1961 36 Unification church couples wed in Korea
1961 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et Magistra
1960 Chicago Cub Don Cardwell no-hits St. Louis Cardinals, 4-0
1960 Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th String quartet, premieres in Leningrad
1960 KHVO TV channel 13 in Hilo, HI (ABC) begins broadcasting
1960 Sputnik 4 launched into Earth orbit; later recovery failed
1959 100th anniversary of 1st college baseball game, between Amherst and Williams Teams reenact the original contest
1958 U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik III
1957 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden-Billy Graham launched a crusade
1957 1st British H-bomb explosion (over Christmas Island)
1955 Austrian state treaty signed making Austria independent again
1955 Building of space travel center at Baikonur Kazachstan begins
1955 KPUA (now KGMD) TV channel 9 in Hilo, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
1955 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1955 Vienna Treaty: Brit, France, U.S. and U.S.S.R. restores Austria's independence
1954 KGLO (now KIMT) TV channel 3 in Mason City, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
1953 Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Joe Walcott in Chicago
1953 Osip Zadkines monument to "The destroyed city" unveiled in Rotterdam
1953 Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 1 for heavywgt boxing title
1952 Detroit Tiger Virgil Trucks no-hits Washington Senators, 1-0
1952 Johnny Longden becomes 2nd jockey to ride 4,000 winners
1948 28 year old British Mandate over Palestine ends
1948 74th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:02.4
1948 Australia scores 721 runs in one day vs. Essex, world record
1948 Bradman scores 187 Australia vs. Essex, 124 minutes, 33 fours 1 five
1948 Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabian troops attack Israel
1944 14,000 Jews of Munkacs Hungary deported to Auschwitz
1944 Cincinnati Red Clyde Shoun no-hits Boston Braves, 1-0
1944 Eisenhower, Montgomery, Churchill and George VI discuss D-Day plan
1944 Sergei Aleksi becomes guardian of Patriarch Throne
1943 Halifax bombers sinks U-463
1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising ends, in it's destruction
1942 Gasoline 1st rationed in U.S. (17 Eastern States)
1942 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands arrests 2,000 Dutch officers
1941 1st British turbojet flies
1941 British attack Halfaya-pass and Fort Capuzzo in Egypt and Libya
1941 Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yankees lose 13-1
1941 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid Jewish music
1940 1st nylon stockings sold in U.S.
1940 1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300
1940 German armour division moves into Northern France
1940 German troops occupy Amsterdam, General Winkelman surrenders
1940 Nazi's capture General Dutch Persbureau (ANP)
1940 Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris
1938 Paul-Henri Spak forms red coalition of Belgium
1937 63rd Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 1:58.4
1936 Amy Johnson arrives in Croydon England from South Africa in record 4d16h
1935 Pirates beat Phillies 20-5
1934 Department of Justice offers $25,000 reward for Dillinger, dead or alive
1934 Karlis Ulmanis names himself fascist dictator of Latvia
1933 1st voice amplification system to be used in U.S. Senate
1931 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Quadragesimo anno
1930 Ellen Church becomes 1st airline stewardess, United (San Francisco to Cheyenne)
1929 Fire in X-ray film stock kills 125 at Crile Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)
1928 Mickey Mouse made his 1st appearance
1926 52nd Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson on Bubbling Over wins in 2:03.8
1926 British general strike ends, but mine workers go on strike
1923 Cooperation of Dutch Molen forms
1920 Soccer team ADO '20 forms in Heemskerk
1919 Brooklyn Dodgers score 10 runs in 13th to beat Reds 10-0
1918 1st airmail postal service (New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.)
1918 1st regular airmail service (between New York and Washington) inaugurated
1918 43rd Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard War Cloud wins in 1:53.6
1918 44th Preakness: Charles Peak aboard Jack Hare, Jr. wins in 1:53.4
1918 Greeks troops lands at Smyrna
1918 Washington Senator Walter Johnson pitches 1-0, 18 inning game
1916 Asiago Italy falls when Austrian troops attack the Italian front
1915 Chicago Claude Hendrix no-hits Pittsburgh (Federal League), 10-0
1914 Henri Rabauds opera "Marouf, Savetier de Caire," premieres in Paris
1912 37th Preakness: Clarnence Turner on Colonel Holloway wins in 1:56.6
1912 Ty Cobb rushes a heckler at a New York Highlander game and is suspended
1911 British house of commons accept Parliament Bill
1911 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Indiana University, incorporates
1911 Supreme Court dissolves Standard Oil with the Sherman Antitrust Act
1906 New York Giants' Hooks Wiltse strikes out 4 batters in 1 inning
1905 Las Vegas, Nevada founded
1905 Pierre de Brazza reaches Leopoldville
1902 Lyman Gilmore is 1st person to fly a powered craft
1902 Portugal bankrupt by revolt in Angola
1896 Tornado kills 78 in Texas
1894 20th Kentucky Derby: Frank Goodale aboard Chant wins in 2:41
1891 British Central African Protectorate (now Malawi) forms
1891 Jules Massenets opera "Griselde," premieres in Paris
1891 Operations begin at Philips and Co in Holland
1891 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Rerum novarum
1885 Canadian Meti insurgent Louis Reil captured, Saskatchewan
1883 Italy signs military treaty with Austria-Hungary and Germany
1882 May Laws-Czar Alexander III bans Jews from living in rural Romania
1876 2nd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Swim aboard Vagrant wins in 2:38
1869 National Woman Suffrage Association forms
1868 Dutch Government of Zuylen van Nijevelt falls
1864 Battle of New Market, Virginia
1864 Skirmish at Marksville (Avoyelles) (Red River Campaign)
1862 Battle of Drewry's Bluff (Ft. Darling), Virginia
1862 Confederate cruiser The Alabama runs aground near London
1862 Department of Agriculture created
1862 General Benjamin F Butler delegates "Woman Order" of NO to be his whores
1862 Union Grounds, Brooklyn, 1st baseball enclosure, opens
1858 Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden London
1856 2nd San Francisco Vigilance Committee organized
1851 Rama IV, Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua, king of Thailand 1851 - 1868, crowned
1849 Philadelphia Turngemeinde founded
1836 Francis Baily observes "Baily's Beads" during annular solar eclipse
1829 Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith
1817 Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority, under T Matulesia
1800 King George III survives a 2nd assassination attempt
1800 Pope Pius VII calls on French bishops to return to Gospel principles
1796 France and Sardinia sign Peace treaty of Paris
1796 French troops occupy Milan
1730 Robert Walpole becomes England 1st prime minister (was: chief min)
1718 James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun
1702 War of Spanish Succession, 1st American conflict between England and France
1672 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts
1665 Pope Alexander VII convicts Jansenisme
1648 Treaty of Munster: Spain and Netherlands ratified
1625 16 rebellious farmers hanged in Vocklamarkt Upper-Austria
1618 Johannes Kepler discovers harmonics law
1610 Parliament of Paris appoints Louis XIII (8) as French king
1602 Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold
1572 Louis van Nassau and huguenots occupy Valenciennes
1567 Mary, Queen of Scots marries James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell
1536 Anna Boleyn and Lord Rochford accused of adultery/incest
1525 German boer army surrounded/slaughters 5,000; ends Boer war
1492 Cheese and Bread rebellion: German mercenaries kills 232 Alkmaarse
1248 Archbishop Konrad vs. Hochstaden lays cornerstone for Koln cathedral
1213 English king John names Stephen Langton Archbishop of Canterbury
1004 Henry II the Saint crowned king of Italy
884 Marinus I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
756 Abd-al-Rahman I becomes emir of Cordova Spain