15 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Dante Alighieri, 1265
  • L. Frank Baum, 1856
  • Pierre Curie, 1859
  • Arthur Schnitzler, 1862
  • Katherine Anne Porter, 1890
  • Richard Daley, 1902
  • Joseph Cotten, 1905
  • James Mason, 1909
  • Constance Cummings, 1910
  • Max Frisch, 1911
  • Eddy Arnold, 1918
  • Richard Avedon, 1923
  • Peter and Anthony Shaffer, 1926
  • Jasper Johns, 1930
  • Anna Maria Alberghetti, 1936
  • Paul Zindel, 1936
  • Trini Lopez, 1937
  • Madeleine Albright, 1937
  • David Cronenberg, 1943
  • Brian Eno, 1948
  • Chazz Palminteri, 1951
  • David Byrne, 1952
  • George Brett, 1953
  • Mike Oldfield, 1953

Died On This Day:

  • Edmund Kean, 1833
  • Emily Dickinson, 1886
  • Father Flanagan , 1948
  • Edward Hopper, 1967
  • Tyrone Guthrie, 1971
  • Sir Robert Menzies, 1978
  • Theodore H. White, 1986
  • Gilbert Roland, 1994
  • June Carter Cash, 2003
  • Rev. Jerry Falwell, 2007

Today's Events:

  • 1479 BC - Egyptian King Thutmose III marches into Megiddo, Palestine to put down Syrian revolt.
  • 1475 - Richard, Duke of York becomes youngest Knight of the British Empire at age 2 years 9 months.
  • 1536 - Trial of Anne Boleyn in England; accused of sleeping with 4 men + assassination plot. Guilty!
  • 1602 - First Caucasian, English Captain Bartholomew Gosnold, sets foot in New England at Cape Cod.
  • 1672 - Massachusetts becomes first State to pass copyright law in Boston.
  • 1718 - Machine gun patented by London lawyer James Puckle.
  • 1862 - U.S. Department of Agriculture created.
  • 1902 - Portugal goes bankrupt.
  • 1911 - US Supreme Court orders dissolution of Standard Oil Company, in violation of Sherman Antitrust.
  • 1918 - USA inaugurates first regular air mail service in the world from New York to Washington.
  • 1930 - First airline stewardess, Ellen Church, serves on United Airlines flight -Oakland to Chicago.
  • 1935 - First radio quiz program in history airs in Canada.
  • 1940 - Nylon Day in U.S.; DuPont causes shopping hysteria and riots when nylon stockings go on sale.
  • 1948 - Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq attack Israel the day after State of Israel proclaimed.
  • 1960 - Sputnik IV, world's first space ship is launched.
  • 1966 - 10,000 march on White House to protest Vietnam war.
  • 1972 - Governor George Wallace target of unsuccessful assassination attempt but crippled by bullet.
  • 1990 - Van Gogh's 'Portrait of Dr. Gachet' sold at Christies NY for record $82.5 million to Tokyo Gallery.
  • 1997 - Amazon.com goes public; issues 3m shares at $118. Stock opens at $27 closes at $23.
  • 2008 - Sotheby's New York sells Francis Bacon's Triptych, 1976 for $86.3 million, the world record sale of a contemporary art work.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Hallvard
  • John-Baptist de la Salle
  • Dympna

Holiday:

  • San Isidro Day in Mexico, Spain
  • Japanese Festival of the Hollyhock
  • Peace Officers Memorial Day in the USA

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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