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May 15th In Pop Culture History

If the history of the universe was condensed into a year, the Milky Way would form on May 15, life on earth would appear on September 21, and the dinosaurs would go extinct on December 30. Modern humans would evolve on December 31 at 11:52 PM and Columbus would discover America at 11:59:58 PM. (this factoid is valid for the next few million years)

1501 - Ottaviano Petrucci opened the first modern-style music publishing house, by producing the first book of music made from movable type, in Venice.

1793 - Diego Marín Aguilera flew a glider for approximately 1,000 feet during one of the first attempted manned flights, in Spain.

1800 - President John Adams ordered the new US federal government to leave Philadelphia and move to the nation's new capital in Washington DC.

1858 - Royal Opera House opened in Covent Garden, London with a performance of Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots.

1862 - President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill into law creating the United States Bureau of Agriculture. It was later renamed the United States Department of Agriculture.

1895 - A guesstimated F5 tornado hit Sherman, Texas and killed 73 people.

1891 - Pope Leo XIII defends workers' rights and property rights in the encyclical Rerum novarum.

1928 - Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premiered in his first (silent) cartoon, Plane Crazy. 1929's Steamboat Willie had sound. Plane Crazy was re-released with sound later 1929.

1932 - Japanese insurgents plotted to kill Charlie Chaplin in addition to their own Prime Minister to provoke war with with the US and incite "restoration" in the name of the Emperor.

1935 - Albert Einstein was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal for his outstanding fundamental contributions to theoretical physics, especially his relativity theory, at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA.

1940 - Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the United States.

1940 - Richard and Maurice McDonald opened their hamburger restaurant in San Bernardino, California.

1942 - Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAACs) was formed, granting women official US military status.

1953 - Stanley L. Miller's paper on the synthesis of amino acids under conditions that simulated primitive Earth's atmosphere was published in Science. Miller had applied an electric discharge to a mixture of CH4, NH3, H2O, and H2 (which was believed at the time to be the atmospheric composition of early Earth.), creating a mixture of amino acids, hydroxy acids, and urea.

1976 # 1 Hit May 15, 1976 - May 21, 1976: The Sylvers - Boogie Fever

1982 # 1 Hit May 15, 1982 - July 2, 1982: Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder - Ebony and Ivory

May 15, 1985 (fiction) Lord Richard Croft, father of Lara Croft disappeared, Tomb Raider, Video Game/Film

1993 # 1 Hit May 15, 1993 - July 9, 1993: Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes

2001 - The final Friends episode aired on NBC, titled 'The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding'.

2010 # 1 Hit May 15, 2010 - May 21, 2010: Usher featuring will.i.am - OMG

May 15th Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Jamie-Lynn Sigler (1981)
Abraham Zapruder (1905)
Gary Thain (1948 - 1975)
Trini Lopez (1937)
Emmett Smith (1969)
James Mason (1909)
L. Frank Baum (1856)
Joseph Cotton (1905)
James Mason (1909)
Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world's population.

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