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This Day in History: May 15

May 15: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1776 - American Revolution: the Virginia Convention instructs its Continental Congress delegation to propose a resolution of independence from Great Britain, paving the way for the United States Declaration of Independence.
  2. 1793 - Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for "about 360 meters", at a height of 5-6 meters, during one of the first attempted manned flights.
  3. 1869 - Woman's suffrage: in New York, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman Suffrage Association.
  4. 1928 - Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy
  5. 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.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Williamina Fleming (Scottish-American astronomer), Pierre Curie (French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate), Frank Hornby (English businessman and politician, invented Meccano), Abraham Zapruder (American businessman, filmed the Zapruder Film), 1951 - Frank Wilczek (American mathematician and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate)

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