Today in History - May 15

1004 - Henry II the Saint crowned king of Italy

1213 - King John of England names Stephen Langton as Archbishop of Canterbury

1492 - Cheese & Bread rebellion: German mercenaries kill 232 residents of Alkmaar, Netherlands

1525 - The battle of Frankenhausen: German peasant army surrounded, 5,000 slaughtered and ends the peasants' uprising

1536 - Anne Boleyn & brother George, Lord Rochford, accused of adultery and incest

1602 - Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold

1610 - Parliament of Paris appoints Louis XIII as Frnech king

1618 - Johannes Kepler discovers harmonics law

1665 - Pope Alexander VII appoints committee to investigate Jansenism

1672 - 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts

1718 - James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun

1730 - Robert Walpole becomes effectively Britain's 1st prime minister

1796 - French troops occupy Milan

1836 - Francis Baily observes "Baily's Beads" during annular solar eclipse

1858 - Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden London

1862 - Battle of Drewry's Bluff

1862 - US Department of Agriculture created

1891 - British Central African Protectorate (now Malawi) forms

1897 - The Greek army retreats with heavy losses in the Greco-Turkish War

1902 - Lyman Gilmore is 1st person to fly a powered craft

1905 - Las Vegas Nevada founded

1911 - British House of Commons accept Parliament Bill

1914 - Bolivia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty

1917 - The first officer's training camp is opened in the US, as the country preapres for war

1918 - 1st airmail postal service ( NY, Philadelphia & Washington, D.C.)

1918 - Greeks troops land at Smyrna

1918 - The Finnish Civil War ends

1928 - Mickey Mouse made his 1st appearance in silent film "Plane Crazy"



1933 - 1st voice amplification system to be used in US Senate

1935 - The Moscow Metro is opened to public

1940 - Nazis capture General Dutch Persbureau (ANP)

1940 - McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California

1941 - 1st British turbojet flies

1942 - Gasoline 1st rationed in US

1943 - Halifax bombers sinks U-463

1948 - Australia scores 721 runs in one day v Essex, world record

1951 - AT&T becomes 1st corporation to have 1 million stockholders

1957 - 1st British H-bomb explosion (over Christmas Island)

1958 - USSR launches Sputnik III

1965 - Canadian Football Players Association organizes

1970 - South Africa excluded from Olympic play

1972 - The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since 1945, reverts to Japanese control



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