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199440th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Laura Davies

1981George Harrison releases "All Those Years Ago" in UK

1536Anne Boleyn & brother George, Lord Rochford, accused of adultery and incest

19882nd American Comedy Award: Robin Williams & Tracey Ullman

200742nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins

1953Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in Chicago

1961Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et Magistra

1829Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith

1918Washington Senator Walter Johnson pitches 1-0, 18 inning game

1941Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1

1711Alexander Pope's "An Essay on Criticism" is published anonymously

1968"Wonderwall" with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival

1869National Woman Suffrage Association forms in New York, founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

1948Bradman scores 187 Aust v Essex, 124 minutes, 33 fours 1 five

1796First Coalition: Napoleon enters Milan in triumph.

1973California Angel Nolan Ryan's 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0

1943Joseph Stalin dissolves the Comintern (or Third International).

19635th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

1912Ty Cobb rushes a heckler at a NY Highlander game & is suspended

1618Johannes Kepler discovers harmonics law

1968Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on Johnny Carson Show to promote Apple records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host

1988Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic

1990"Portrait of Doctor Gachet" by Vincent van Gogh sold for $82.5 million

1991President Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A's-Balt Oriole game

May 15th Historical Events
Date Event
756
Abd-al-Rahman I becomes emir of Cordova, Spain 
884
Marinus I ends his reign as Catholic Pope 
1004
Henry II the Saint crowned king of Italy 
1213
King John of England names Stephen Langton as Archbishop of Canterbury 
1248
Archbishop Konrad von Hochstaden lays cornerstone for Cologne cathedral 
1252
Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad exstirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition. 
1492
Cheese & Bread rebellion: German mercenaries kill 232 residents of Alkmaar, Netherlands 
1514
Jodocus Badius Ascensius publishes Christiern Pedersen's Latin version of Saxo's Gesta Danorum, the oldest known version of that work. 
1525
The battle of Frankenhausen: German peasant army surrounded, 5,000 slaughtered ; ends the peasants' uprising 
1536
Anne Boleyn & brother George, Lord Rochford, accused of adultery and incest 
1572
Louis van Nassau & huguenots occupy Valenciennes 
1602
Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold 
1610
Parliament of Paris appoints Louis XIII (8) as French king 
1618
Johannes Kepler discovers harmonics law 
1625
16 rebellious farmers hanged in Vocklamarkt, Upper-Austria 
1648
Treaty of Munster ratified by Spain & Netherlands 
1665
Pope Alexander VII appoints committe to investigate Jansenism 
1672
1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts 
1701
The War of the Spanish Succession begins. 
1711
Alexander Pope's "An Essay on Criticism" is published anonymously 
1718
James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun 
1730
Robert Walpole becomes effectively Britain's 1st prime minister (was: chief min) 
1791
Maximilien Robespierre proposes the Self-denying Ordinance. 
1793
Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for "about 360 metres", at a height of 5-6 metres, during one of the first attempted flights. 
1796
France & Sardinia sign Peace treaty of Paris 
1796
French troops occupy Milan 
1796
First Coalition: Napoleon enters Milan in triumph. 
1800
King George III survives a 2nd assassination attempt 
1800
Pope Pius VII calls on French bishops to return to Gospel principles 
1817
Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority (modern Indonesia), under Thomas Matulesia (aka Kapitan Pattimura) 
1817
Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
1829
Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith 
1836
Francis Baily observes "Baily's Beads" during annular solar eclipse 
1849
Philadelphia Turngemeinde founded 
1851
Rama IV, [Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua], king of Thai (1851-68), crowned 
1856
2nd SF Vigilance Committee organized 
1858
Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden London 
1862
-May 17] Battle of Princeton WV 
1862
Battle of Drewry's Bluff (Ft Darling), Virginia 
1862
Confederate ship Alabama launched as the Enrica at Birkenhead, England, where she had been built in secret 
1862
US Department of Agriculture created 
1862
Major Gen Benjamin F Butler issues order (New Orleans) that confederate women abusing union soldiers be treated as whores 
1862
Union Grounds, Brooklyn, 1st baseball enclosure, opens 
1864
Battle of New Market, Virginia 
1864
Skirmish at Marksville (Avoyelles) (Red River Campaign) 
1868
Dutch government of Zuylen van Nijevelt falls 
1869
National Woman Suffrage Association forms in New York, founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton 
1876
2nd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Swim aboard Vagrant wins in 2:38.25 
1882
May Laws-Tsar Alexander III bans Jews from living in rural Romania 
1883
Italy signs military treaty with Austria-Hungary & Germany 
1885
Canadian Meti insurgent Louis Reil captured, Saskatchewan 
1891
British Central African Protectorate (now Malawi) forms 
1891
Jules Massenet's opera "Griselde" premieres in Paris 
1891
Operations begin at Philips & Co in Holland 
1891
Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Rerum novarum 
1894
20th Kentucky Derby: Frank Goodale aboard Chant wins in 2:41 
1896
Tornado kills 78 in Texas 
1897
The Greek army retreats with heavy losses in the Greco-Turkish War. 
1902
Lyman Gilmore is 1st person to fly a powered craft 
1902
Portugal bankrupt by revolt in Angola 
1905
Las Vegas Nevada founded 
1905
Pierre de Brazza reaches Leopoldville 
1906
NY Giants' Hooks Wiltse strikes out 4 batters in 1 inning 
1910
The last time a major earthquake happened on the Elsinore Fault Zone. 
1911
British House of Commons accept Parliament Bill 
1911
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Indiana University, incorporates 
1911
Supreme Court dissolves Standard Oil (Sherman Antitrust Act) 
1911
The Georgios Averof cruiser is bought by Greece. 
1912
37th Preakness: Clarnence Turner on Colonel Holloway wins in 1:56.6 
1912
Ty Cobb rushes a heckler at a NY Highlander game & is suspended 
1914
Henri Rabaud's opera "Marouf, Savetier de Caire" premieres in Paris 
1914
Bolivia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty. 
1914
US Colonel Edward House sails for Europe to persuade major powers to reduce armies and navies; from Germany, House reports: 'Everybody's nerves are tense; it only needs a spark to set the whole thing off' 
1915
AT&T becomes 1st corporation to have 1 million stockholders 
1916
Asiago, Italy, falls when Austrian troops attack the Italian front 
1916
Claiming that the USA must act to quell dangerous disorder, the government orders US Marines to land in Santo Domingo; the American occupation will continue until 1924 
1918
1st airmail postal service (NY, Phila & Wash DC) 
1918
1st regular airmail service (between NY & Wash) 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 
1918
The Finnish Civil War ends. 
1919
Brooklyn Dodgers score 10 runs in 13th to beat Reds 10-0 
1920
Soccer team ADO '20 forms in Heemskerk 
1923
Cooperation of Dutch Molen forms 
1926
52nd Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson on Bubbling Over wins in 2:03.8 
1928
Mickey Mouse made his 1st ever appearance in silent film "Plane Crazy" 
1929
Fire in X-ray film stock kills 125 at Crile Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio) 
1930
Ellen Church becomes 1st airline stewardess, United (SF to Cheyenne) 
1931
Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Quadragesimo anno 
1932
The 15th May Incident: in an attempted coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed. 
1933
1st voice amplification system to be used in US Senate 
1934
US Department of Justice offers $25,000 reward for Dillinger, dead or alive 
1934
Karlis Ulmanis names himself fascist dictator of Latvia 
1935
Pirates beat Phillies 20-5 
1935
The Moscow Metro is opened to public. 
1936
Amy Johnson arrives in Croydon England from S Afr in record 4d16h 
1937
63rd Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 1:58.4 
1938
Paul-Henri Spak forms red coalition of Belgium 
1940
German armoured division moves into Northern France 
1940
German troops occupy Amsterdam, Gen Winkelman surrenders 
1940
Nazis capture General Dutch Persbureau (ANP) 
1940
USS Sailfish (SS-192) recomisioned, origionaly the Squalus. 
1940
McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California. 
1941
1st British turbojet flies 
1941
British attack Halfaya-pass & Fort Capuzzo in Egypt & Libya 
1941
Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1 
1941
Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid Jewish music 
1942
Gasoline 1st rationed in US (17 Eastern States) 
1942
Nazi occupiers in Netherlands arrest 2,000 Dutch officers 
1943
Halifax bombers sinks U-463 
1943
Warsaw ghetto uprising ends in its destruction 
1943
Joseph Stalin dissolves the Comintern (or Third International). 
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 & George VI discuss D-Day plan 
1944
Sergei Aleksi becomes guardian of Patriarch Throne 
1945
World War II: The final skirmish in Europe is fought near Prevalje, Slovenia. 
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 v Essex, world record 
1948
Bradman scores 187 Aust v Essex, 124 minutes, 33 fours 1 five 
1948
Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq & Saudi-Arabia troops attack Israel 
1951
AT&T is 1st US company to have one million stockholders 
1951
The Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum. 
1952
Detroit Tiger Virgil Trucks no-hits Wash Senators, 1-0 
1952
Johnny Longden becomes 2nd jockey to ride 4,000 winners 
1953
Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in Chicago 
1953
Osip Zadkine's monument to "The destroyed city" unveiled in Rotterdam 
1954
KGLO (now KIMT) TV channel 3 in Mason City, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast 
1955
Building of space travel center at Baikonur Kazachstan begins 
1955
KPUA (now KGMD) TV channel 9 in Hilo, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1955
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1955
Vienna Treaty: Britain, France, US & USSR restore Austria's independence 
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 
1957
1st British H-bomb explosion (over Christmas Island) 
1958
USSR launches Sputnik III 
1959
100th anniversary of 1st college baseball game, between Amherst & Williams Teams reenact the original contest 
1960
Chic Cub Don Cardwell no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0 
1960
Dmitri Shostakovitch'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 
1960
Taxes took 25% of earnings in US 
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 
1962
US marines arrive in Laos 
1963
Last Project Mercury flight, L Gordon Cooper in Faith 7, launched 
1963
Peter, Paul & Mary win their 1st Grammy (If I Had a Hammer) 
1963
Tottenham Hotspur wins 3rd Europe Cup II at Rotterdam 
1963
5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins 
1964
Sporting Portugal wins 4th Europe Cup II at Antwerp 
1964
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
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 
1966
1st day of Sunday play in County Cricket, Essex v Somerset 
1966
Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Invitational 
1966
South Vietnamese army battle Buddhists, about 80 die 
1967
Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open 
1967
Paul McCartney meets his future wife Linda Eastman 
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 & John Lennon appear on Johnny Carson Show to promote Apple records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host 
1969
Associate Justice Abe Fortas resigns from Supreme Court 
1970
Elizabeth Hoisington & Anna Mae Mays named 1st female US 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 
1971
"70, Girls, 70" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 35 performances 
1971
97th Preakness: Gustavo Avila aboard Canonero II wins in 1:54 
1971
Radio Nordsee International's ship bombed 
1971
Irish Republican Army member William 'Billy' Reid is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast 
1972
Assassination attempt on US Governor George Wallace of Alabama by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Md 
1972
"Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 6 performances 
1972
Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims. (Minia Egypt) 
1972
Ryukyu Is & Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 yrs of US control 
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 
1974
Mail truck terrorists take school in Maalot, 30 killed 
1974
Walter Scheel succeeds Heinemann as president 
1974
Ma'alot massacre: A total of 31 people, including hostage takers, are killed. 
1974
Beginning of the Ulster Workers' Council strike called by Ulster loyalists and unionists who were against the Sunningdale Agreement, which proposed the sharing of political power with Irish nationalists 
1975
11th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 9-4 
1975
Emmy 2nd Daytime Award & Emmy News & Documentaries Award presentation 
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 
1976
The Ulster Volunteer Force launch gun and bomb attacks on 2 pubs in County Armagh, killing 4 Catholic civilians and wounding many more; a British Army soldier is later convicted for taking part in the attacks 
1976
The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill 3 Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers in County Fermanagh and 1 in County Down 
1977
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic 
1980
1st trans-US balloon crossing 
1980
Flyers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs 
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 
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 
1982
108th Preakness: Jack Kaenel aboard Aloma's Ruler wins in 1:55.4 
1983
Lenore Muraoka wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic 
1983
Madison Hotel (Boston) destroyed by implosion 
1985
Everton wins 25th Europe Cup II at Rotterdam 
1986
Argentine ex-president Galtieri sentenced to 12 years 
1987
1st Energiya Launch (USSR) 
1987
Record archery score for a pair over 24 hrs, is set 
1988
"Carrie" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 5 performances 
1988
"Gospel at Colonus" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 61 perfs 
1988
2nd American Comedy Award: Robin Williams & Tracey Ullman 
1988
USSR begins withdrawing its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan 
1988
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic 
1989
"Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances 
1989
Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams & replace him with Cito Gaston 
1989
Soviet Pres Gorbachev in Beijing for 1st Sino-Soviet summit in 30 yrs 
1989
US 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 
1990
"Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 56 perfs 
1990
"Portrait of Doctor Gachet" by Vincent van Gogh sold for $82.5 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 
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-Balt Oriole game 
1991
Red Sox & White Sox play then slowest 9 inning game (4:11) 
1992
Colombo '92 opens in Genoa Italy 
1992
NY dept store chain Alexanders announces closing of all 11 stores 
1992
Part of Cruger Avenue in Bronx renamed Regis Philbin Avenue 
1993
119th Preakness: Mike Smith aboard Prairie Bayou wins in 1:56.6 
1993
Alamodome in San Antonio TX opens 
1993
Montreal Expo retires their 1st #, #10 for Rusty Staub 
1994
40th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Laura Davies 
1995
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
1997
ABC News & Starwave Corp launch ABCNEWS.com 
1997
STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission 
2007
42nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins 
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. 
2009
The French Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies announce that French gross domestic product shrank 1.2% in the first quarter of 2009 after falling by 1.5% in the final quarter of 2008; the French economy had avoided narrowly a recession in 2008 
2009
Eurostat report that Austria, Belgium, and Romania have all entered recession in the first quarter of 2009 
2010
Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo. 
2010
136th Preakness: Martin Garcia aboard Lookin At Lucky wins in 1:55.47 
2012
Eurozone economy narrowly avoids recession 
2012
Greece's fifth attempt to a form a coalition government fails and new June elections are scheduled 
2013
The Eurozone records a recession for the sixth straight quarter 
2013
Chelsea defeats Benfica to win the UEFA Europa League 
2016
Bus Rollover in Texas Kills 8 and Injures 43 
2016
Beijing blasts Pentagon report on Chinese military as damaging trust 
2017
Jeter's No 2 retired by Yanks; Monument Park plaque unveiled 
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