ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~
What was happening on this day in modern history? Let's take a look at some of the big events, Birthdays, and anniversaries for May 15th....
1856 - Lyman Frank Baum, NY, children's book author (Wizard of Oz) (d. 1919) is born.
1869 - National Woman Suffrage Association forms.
1876 - 2nd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Swim aboard Vagrant wins in 2:38.25.
1882 - May Laws-Czar Alexander III bans Jews from living in rural Romania.
1886 - Emily Dickinson, US poet, (b. 1830) dies.
1902 - Lyman Gilmore is 1st person to fly a powered craft.
1905 - Las Vegas Nevada founded.
1912 - Ty Cobb rushes a heckler at a NY Highlander game & is suspended.
1915 - A T & T becomes 1st corporation to have 1 million stockholders.
1918 - 1st regular airmail service (between NY & Wash) inaugurated.
1918 - Eddy Arnold, Henderson TN, country singer (Cattle Call, Anytime) is born.
1928 - Mickey Mouse makes his 1st appearance in a test screening of "Plane Crazy." (Mickey will officially debute in the short film "Steamboat Willie" (Nov., 1928).
1930 - Ellen Church becomes 1st airline stewardess, United (SF to Cheyenne).
1933 - 1st voice amplification system to be used in US Senate.
1934 - Dept of Justice offers $25,000 reward for John Dillinger, dead or alive.
1936 - Wavy Gravy, (Hugh Nanton Romney) American clown and activist (Woodstock) is born.
1937 - Trini Lopez, Trinidad, singer/guitarist (If I Had a Hammer) is born.
1937 - Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, is born.
1940 - German armour division moves into Northern France.
1940 - German troops occupy Amsterdam, Gen Winkelman surrenders.
1940 - McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
1941 - 1st British turbojet flies.
1941 - Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1.
1941 - Nazi occupiers in Neth forbid Jewish music.
1942 - Gasoline 1st rationed in US (17 Eastern States).
1942 - Nazi occupiers in Neth arrests 2,000 Dutch officers.
1942 - K T Oslin, (Kay Toinette Oslin) Crossett Ar, country singer (80's Ladies) is born.
1943 - Warsaw ghetto uprising ends, in it's destruction.
1944 - 14,000 Jews of Munkacs Hungary deported to Auschwitz.
1944 - Eisenhower, Montgomery, Churchill & George VI discuss D-Day plan.
1951 - AT&T is 1st US company to have one million stockholders.
1952 - Johnny Longden becomes 2nd jockey to ride 4,000 winners.
1953 - Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in Chicago.
1953 - Mike Oldfield, England, composer (Tubular Bells) is born.
1955 - The first ascent of Makalu, the world's fifth highest mountain.
1957 - 18,000 people at Madison Sq Garden-Billy Graham launched a crusade.
1961 - "Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19.
1963 - Peter, Paul & Mary win their 1st Grammy (If I Had a Hammer).
1967 - Paul McCartney meets his future wife Linda Eastman.
1969 - Emmitt Smith, running back (Dallas Cowboys, 3-time NFL rushing leader) is born.
1970 - "Close to You," by the Carpenter’s is released.
1972 - George Wallace shot & left paralyzed by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Md.
1972 - The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
1973 - California Angel Nolan Ryan's 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0.
1976 - Fonz Song by Heyettes hits #91.
1980 - 1st trans-US balloon crossing.
1980 - Shawn Weatherly, (SC (will win Miss Universe), crowned 29th Miss USA.
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 UK.
1988 - Moscow began withdrawing its 115,000 troops in Afghanistan.
1997 - STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission.
1998 - Sonny and Cher receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Cher and Mary Bono
2003 - June Carter Cash, American musician and singer (b. 1929) dies.
2007 - Jerry Falwell, American evangelist (b. 1933) dies.
2010 - Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.
2012 - Eurozone economy narrowly avoids recession.