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This was 135th day of the year and 230 days remained in the year.


May 15 Birthdays

Pierre Curie
Pronunciation: [kürE´]1859–1906, French Scientist.

Claudio Monteverdi
composer (1567)

Lyman Frank Baum
author (1856)

Katherine Anne Porter
author, (1890)

Richard Joseph Daley
political leader (1902)

James Mason
actor (1909)

Paul A. Samuelson
economist, (1915)

Richard Avedon
photographer, (1923)

Jasper Johns
artist (1930)

Madeleine Albright
government official, (1937)

May 15 in History

1862

The U.S. Department of Agriculture was created by an act of Congress on this day.

1911

The Standard Oil Company, headed by John D. Rockefeller, was ordered dissolved by the Supreme Court, under the Sherman Antitrust Act.

1918

The first air mail route in the U.S. was established between New York and Washington, DC, with a stop at Philadelphia.

1930

On a Boeing Air Transport flight between Oakland and Chicago, Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess.

1940

Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the United States.

1972

Alabama Governor George Wallace was shot and crippled as he campaigned for the presidency.

1988

The Soviet Union began to withdraw its estimated 115,000 troops from Afghanistan.

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