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Interesting facts about May 15th

Updated on February 8, 2015

May 15th facts, events and pictures

The purpose of this lens is to share as many interesting facts and figures relating to May 15th.

I have added some of the more interesting facts. I will continue to add more as I find them or as they happen.

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Horoscopes

Tauruses born on May 15 draw inspiration from their physical and emotional surroundings. These people have a great need to distill their experience and share it with others through art or some other personal expression. They are natural do-gooders who like to feel as if they are thoroughly connected to the family of humankind.

Source .Jill M. Phillips

Historical Events

1536: Anne Boleyn second wife of of King Henry VIII on stands trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest.She is condemned to death. (picture right)

1756: The Seven Years' War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.

1800: George III survives two assassination attempts in one day.

1858: Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

Today is International Day of Families

1905: Las Vegas, Nevada, is founded

1928: Mickey Mouse premiered in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy

1940: McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.

1957: Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb over Christmas Island in the Pacific, following the US and USSR.

1958: The Soviet Union launches research satellite Sputnik 3 from Baikonur.

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1960: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 4.the first of a series of spacecraft used to investigate the means for manned space flight,

1988: Soviet war in Afghanistan: After more than eight years of fighting, the Red Army begins its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

1990: Portrait of Doctor Gachet by Vincent Van Gogh is sold for a record $82.5 million, the most expensive painting at the time (see picture right).

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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In the USA today is Peace Officer Memorial Day

Featured Born on this Day

Pierre Curie 1859 French born Curie was one of the founders of modern physics, Nobel Prize winner jointly with his wife Marie and Henri Becquerel. Togethor they discovered polonium and radium while conducting research in radioactivity.

James Mason 1909 An English actor who attained stardom on both sides on the atlantic. Regarded as one of the finest film actors of the 20th century. He was nominated for three Academy Awards. Best Actor in a Supporting Role - The Verdict(1982) and Georgy Girl (1966)Best Actor in a Leading Role-A Star Is Born (1954)

Madeleine Albright 1937 The first woman to become a United States Secretary of State. Appointed by President Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996 she served until 2001.

Andy Murray 1987 Scottish tennis player, and current British number 1. To date he has reached two Grand Slam finals, finishing runner-up to Roger Federer on both occasions at the 2008 US Open and the 2010 Australian Open.

Today is Teacher's Day in Mexico and South Korea

Deaths

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2004  Robert Morgan U.S. Air Force colonel and pilot, commander of Memphis Belle1886 Emily Dickinson. American poet. Wrote eighteen hundred poems, less than a dozen were published during her lifetime2003 June Carter Cash  American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian and author Second wife of singer Johnny Cash1926 Mohammed VI Vahideddin.The 36th and last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire1969 Joe Malone Candain ice hockey player. Holds the record for most goals in one game (7), January 31, 1920
2004  Robert Morgan U.S. Air Force colonel and pilot, commander of Memphis Belle
2004 Robert Morgan U.S. Air Force colonel and pilot, commander of Memphis Belle
1886 Emily Dickinson. American poet. Wrote eighteen hundred poems, less than a dozen were published during her lifetime
1886 Emily Dickinson. American poet. Wrote eighteen hundred poems, less than a dozen were published during her lifetime
2003 June Carter Cash  American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian and author Second wife of singer Johnny Cash
2003 June Carter Cash American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian and author Second wife of singer Johnny Cash
1926 Mohammed VI Vahideddin.The 36th and last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
1926 Mohammed VI Vahideddin.The 36th and last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
1969 Joe Malone Candain ice hockey player. Holds the record for most goals in one game (7), January 31, 1920
1969 Joe Malone Candain ice hockey player. Holds the record for most goals in one game (7), January 31, 1920

Today is Day of Slovenian Army

Feast Days

The calendar of saints is a traditional Christian method of organizing a liturgical year by associating each day with one or more saints and referring to the day as that saint's feast day. Today is feast day for the following saints:

St. Dymphna

St. Isidore, the Farmer

St. Bertha

St. Hallvard

St. Achillas

St. Andrew

St. Britwin

St. Waldalenus

St. Torquatus

St. Caesarn

St. Cassius

St. Dionysia

St. Caesarea

St. Gerebrand

St. Hilary

St. Nicholas the Mystic

St. Peter

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In the Gregorian calendar May 15th is the 135th day of the year(136 in leap years)

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