May 15: Day of the Week
May 15, 2021 was the 135th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 230 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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May 15 Historical Event(s)
- 1858Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.
- 1934Kārlis Ulmanis establishes an authoritarian government in Latvia.
- 1936Amy Johnson arrives back in England after a record-breaking return flight to Cape Town
- 1940McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
- 1940World War II: After fierce fighting, the poorly trained and equipped Dutch troops surrender to Germany, marking the beginning of five years of occupation.
- 1960The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 4.
- 1969People’s Park: California Governor Ronald Reagan has an impromptu student park owned by University of California at Berkeley fenced off from student anti-war protestors, sparking a riot called Bloody Thursday.
- 1970Philip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green are killed at Jackson State University by police during student protests.
- 1970President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals.
- 1972The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
Who were born on May 15?
- 1817Debendranath Tagore, Indian religious reformer (d. 1905)
- 1854Ioannis Psycharis, Greek author and linguist (d. 1929)
- 1914Norrie Paramor, British arranger, conductor (d. 1979)
- 1923John Lanchbery, British composer (d. 2003)
- 1938Mireille Darc, French actress
- 1969Hideki Irabu, Japanese baseball player (d. 2011)
- 1976Torraye Braggs, American basketball player
- 1981Justin Morneau, Canadian baseball player
- 1982Jessica Sutta, American dancer, singer and actress (Pussycat Dolls)
- 1987Ersan İlyasova, Turkish basketball player
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