Monday, May 15, 2017
History for May 15 - On-This-Day.com:
Lyman Frank Baum 1856 - Author of children's books ("The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"), Pierre Curie 1859 - Physicist, Katherine Anne Porter 1890 - Journalist, essayist, short story writer
Joseph Cotten (Joseph Cheshire Cotten) 1905 - Actor, James Mason (James Neville Mason) 1909 - Act, Lee Horsley 1955 - Actor
1618 - Johannes Kepler discovered his harmonics law.
1862 - The U.S. Congress created the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
1911 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Standard Oil Company, ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
1940 - Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the U.S.
1948 - Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon only hours after declaring its independence.
1963 - The last Project Mercury space flight was launched.
1972 - Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, MD while campaigning for the U.S. presidency. Wallace was paralyzed by the shot.
1975 - The merchant ship U.S. Mayaguez was recaptured from Cambodia's Khmer Rouge.