What happened this day in history May 15

What are the important events that happened on May 15? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 15: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 15 is the 135th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 230 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 2, 2022 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,542,880 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectatriacontapentagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 252 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,432 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 15 Historical Events

  • 392
    Emperor Valentinian II is assassinated while advancing into Gaul against the Frankish usurper Arbogast. He is found hanging in his residence at Vienne.
  • 1567
    Mary, Queen of Scots, marries James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, her third husband.
  • 1718
    James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world’s first machine gun.
  • 1755
    Laredo, Texas is established by the Spaniards.
  • 1793
    Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for “about 360 meters”, at a height of 5-6 meters, during one of the first attempted .
  • 1862
    President Abraham Lincoln signs a bill into law creating the United States Bureau of Agriculture. It is later renamed the United States Department of Agriculture.
  • 1970
    President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals.
  • 1972
    In Laurel, Maryland, Arthur Bremer shoots and paralyzes Alabama Governor George Wallace while he is campaigning to be become President.
  • 1987
    The Soviet Union launches the Polyus prototype orbital weapons platform. It fails to reach orbit.
  • 1990
    Portrait of Doctor Gachet by Vincent van Gogh is sold for a record $82.5 million, the most expensive painting at the time.

Who were born on May 15?

  • 1848
    Viktor Vasnetsov, Russian painter (d. 1926)
  • 1895
    Prescott Bush, American banker, politician and member of the Bush family (d. 1972)
  • 1915
    Paul Samuelson, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)
  • 1940
    Roger Ailes, American businessman
  • 1942
    Doug Lowe, Tasmanian politician
  • 1967
    Laura Hillenbrand, American author
  • 1974
    Shiney Ahuja, Indian actor
  • 1976
    Adolfo Bautista, Mexican footballer
  • 1980
    Josh Beckett, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Justin Morneau, Canadian baseball player

Who died on May 15?

  • 1585
    Niwa Nagahide, Japanese warlord (b. 1535)
  • 1698
    Marie Champmeslé, French actress (b. 1642)
  • 1782
    Marquis of Pombal, Prime Minister of Portugal (b. 1699)
  • 1984
    Francis Schaeffer, American theologian, philosopher, and pastor (b. 1912)
  • 1992
    Jovy Marcelo, Filipino race car driver (b. 1965)
  • 2003
    June Carter Cash, American musician and singer (b. 1929)
  • 2008
    Robert Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer, younger brother of Joey Dunlop (b. 1960)
  • 2008
    Tommy Burns, Scottish footballer (b. 1956)
  • 2009
    Charles ‘Bud’Tingwell, Australian actor (b. 1923)
  • 2010
    Besian Idrizaj, Austrian footballer (b. 1987)

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