May 15 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred,  famous birthdays, death day, legend quotes, and historical news on May 15.


Events on May 15

1718 London lawyer James Puckle patents the machine gun.

1800 One James Hatfield attempts to assassinate King George III at Drury Lane Theatre, London.

1829 The US Congress designates the slave trade as privacy.

1833 Death of English actor Edmund Kean, who had his first big success as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.

1918 The world’s first regular air mail service begins between Washington and New York.

1930 The first-ever air hostess, registered nurse Ellen Church, takes care of 11 passengers on a flight from Oakland, California to Cheyenne, Wyoming.

1936 Aviator Amy Johnson arrives in England after a record breaking flight from London to Cape Town and back.

1957 American actress and dancer Rita Hayworth dies after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

1988 The USSR begins evacuating troops from Afghanistan.

Famous Birthdays on May 15

Debendranath Tagore 1817, Indian social reformer and father of Rabindranath Tagore.

Frank Baum 1856, American children’s author best-known for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Katherine Anne Porter 1890, American writer mainly of short stories, whose only novel, Ship of Fools, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1962.

Joseph Cotton 1905, American actor whose films included Citizen Kane and The Third Man.

James Mason 1909, English actor who appeared in more than 80 films.

Mike Oldfield 1953, British composer and instrumentalist who had a big hit with “Tubular Bells”.

Historical News on May 15

Goodbye to ol’ Blue Eyes

ol blue eyes veteran singer frank Sinatra died on May 15
ol blue eyes veteran singer frank Sinatra died

1998 Veteran singer Frank Sinatra died today after a sparkling career spanning 60 years of show business.

He first shot to fame in the 1930s singing in various popular bands but it was his 1954 album “Songs for Young Lovers” with which he established a major following.

He will be perhaps best remembered for his hits “New York New York” and “My Way”.

Sinatra was also a successful film star, winning an Oscar for his performance in From Here to Eternity.

He starred in many other movies, including High Society with Grace Kelly.

Medics Take to The Skies of Oz

1928 Medical care went airborne in Australia today with the launching of a Flying Doctor Service.

Dr. K. St Vincent Welch of the Australian Inland Mission launched the service, to cover the vast area of Central Australia and Queensland.

A DH50 aircraft and a pilot have been provided by QANTAS – the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service.

Dr. Welch will be called to emergency cases by means of a radio transmitter-receiver with a 300-mile (482 km) range.

He is based in Cloncurry and will serve 2,50,000 square miles (6,47,500 sq km) of the Australian outback previously covered by only 10 doctors.

1990 Lindi St Clare, retired brothel keeper previously known by her professional name of Miss Whiplash, today lost a 15-year legal battle against Britain’s Inland Revenue, who had sued her for back taxes.

She had refused to pay, supposedly for the Inland Revenue’s own protection, claiming it would mean the government department would be breaking the law by living off immoral earnings.

Today the judge ruled against her.

Brooklyn Opens Baseball Grounds

1862 A new kind of sports field opened today in Brooklyn.

The Union Grounds are exclusively for baseball.

The game has become immensely popular in the US since the Knickerbocker Baseball Club was organized in New York 20 years ago and formal rules were drafted.

Up to now, baseball has been played at recreation grounds, racecourses, or anywhere available.

With the Union Grounds, the game comes of age.

Soviets And Chinese Thaw Icy Relations

1989 Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev shook hands with China’s leader Deng Xiaoping in Peking’s Great Hall of the People today, breaking the ice in the long-standing quarrel between the two nations that has split the Communist world.

But the historic occasion was upstaged by the extraordinary events that deliberately occurred just outside the Great Hall as half a million Chinese gathered in Tiananmen Square demanding democratic reform.

The demonstrations, which started last month, are led by student protesters, some 3000 of whom are on hunger strike.

So far the demonstrations have been peaceful.

China’s leaders have been severely embarrassed in front of the Soviet leader by today’s massive demonstrations.

To the Chinese leader, they constitute a great loss of face.

Governor George Gunned Down by White Assassin

Governor George Wallace gunned down by white assassin on May 15
Governor George Wallace gunned down by white assassin

1972 George Wallace, Governor of Alabama, is fighting for his life in a Washington hospital after an assassination attempt earlier today.

Wallace, known for his racist and segregationist policies, was campaigning for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in Maryland when a young white man shouted “Hey George” and fired five shots at him at close range.

Wallace was hit in the stomach, leg, and in spine.

Doctors are confident Wallace will survive the shooting but fear his spinal cord may have been damaged and he could be paralyzed.

The gunman, Arthur Bremer, 21, was arrested at the scene.

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