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 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 230 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 2, 2023 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 467,808 hours 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 271 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 3,797 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.
  • 1618
    Johannes Kepler confirms his previously rejected discovery of the third law of planetary motion (he first discovered it on March 8 but soon rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made).
  • 1648
    The Treaty of Westphalia signed.
  • 1701
    The War of the Spanish Succession begins.
  • 1755
    Laredo, Texas is established by the Spaniards.
  • 1776
    American Revolution: the Virginia Convention instructs its Continental Congress delegation to propose a resolution of independence from Great Britain, paving the way for the United States Declaration of Independence.
  • 1928
    Mickey Mouse premiered in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy
  • 1957
    At Malden Island in the Pacific, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb in Operation Grapple. The device fails to detonate properly.
  • 1958
    The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3.
  • 1972
    In Laurel, Maryland, Arthur Bremer shoots and paralyzes Alabama Governor George Wallace while he is campaigning to be become President.

Who were born on May 15?

  • 1773
    Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, Austrian statesman (d. 1859)
  • 1895
    William D. Byron, American politician (d. 1941)
  • 1903
    Maria Reiche, German mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998)
  • 1915
    Hilda Bernstein, British-born South African author (d. 2006)
  • 1923
    John Lanchbery, British composer (d. 2003)
  • 1945
    Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, Portuguese noble
  • 1948
    Yutaka Enatsu, Japanese professional baseball pitcher
  • 1952
    Chazz Palminteri, American actor, writer and director
  • 1964
    Digna Ochoa, Mexican politician
  • 1990
    Joe Mattock, English footballer

Who died on May 15?

  • 392
    Valentinian II, Roman Emperor (b. 371)
  • 913
    Hatto I, Archbishop of Mainz
  • 1699
    Edward Petre, British Jesuit and privy councilor (b. 1631)
  • 1948
    Edward Flanagan, American priest and founder of Boys Town (b. 1886)
  • 1964
    Vladko Maček, Kingdom of Yugoslavia deputy prime minister (b. 1879)
  • 1984
    Francis Schaeffer, American theologian, philosopher, and pastor (b. 1912)
  • 1989
    Johnny Green, American songwriter (b. 1908)
  • 1995
    Eric Porter, British actor (b. 1928)
  • 1998
    Earl “The Goat” Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • 2009
    Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player (b. 1964)

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