Next CLBR May 15th – Day in History

1817

Opening of first U.S. private mental hospital in Philadelphia.

1891

Pope Leo XIII defends workers’ rights and property rights in the encyclical Rerum Novarum, the beginning of modern Catholic social teaching.

1905

 Las Vegas, Nevada, is founded when 110 acres (0.45 km2), in what later would become downtown, are auctioned off.

1911

 In Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States, the United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an “unreasonable” monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up.

1919

The Winnipeg General Strike begins. By 11:00 am, almost the whole working population of Winnipeg, Manitoba had walked off the job.   It culminates 37 days later on Bloody Saturday.

1928

Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy

 

1940

First McDonald’s opens in San Bernadino, California.

Today there are more than 34,000 stores worldwide.

 

 

1948

Hours after declaring its independence, the new state of Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

 

1953

Rocky Marciano knocks out Jersey Joe Walcot in first round to win heavyweight title.

 

1957

At Malden Island in the Pacific, Britain tests its first atomic bomb in Operation Grapple.

 

1963

Project Mercury: The launch of the final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut L. Gordon Cooper on board. He becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space.

 

1969

Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned amid a controversy over his past legal fees.

 

1970

Eleven days after Kent State, police open fire during student protests at Jackson State killing two students.

 

1972

Alabama Gov. George Wallace was shot while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination in Laurel, Md., and left permanently paralyzed below the waist.   At the time of his shooting Wallace had the most popular votes of any of the Democrats.

 

1973

Nolan Ryan throws first of his seven no-hitters.

 

1988

Soviet Union begins withdrawal from Afghanistan after invading in 1979.

2001

A runaway freight train rolled about 70 miles through Ohio with no one aboard before a railroad employee jumped onto the locomotive and brought it to a stop.   Denzel Washington starred in the movie based on the event.

2008

California Supreme Court declared gay couples in the state could marry – a victory for the gay rights movement that was overturned by the passage of Proposition 8 the following November

 

 

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