May 15: Day of the Week
May 15, 2019 was the 135th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 230 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.
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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)
- 1618Johannes Kepler confirms his previously rejected discovery of the third law of planetary motion (he first discovered it on March 8 but soon rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made).
- 1718James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world’s first machine gun.
- 1791Maximilien Robespierre proposes the Self-denying Ordinance.
- 1811Paraguay declares independence from Spain.
- 1829The Aaronic Priesthood is restored to Joseph Smith Jr. and Oliver Cowdery, prior to the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- 1849Troops of the Two Sicilies take Palermo and crush the republican government of Sicily
- 1943Joseph Stalin dissolves the Comintern (or Third International).
- 1970President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals.
- 1987The Soviet Union launches the Polyus prototype orbital weapons platform. It fails to reach orbit.
- 2010Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.
Who were born on May 15?
- 1749Levi Lincoln, Sr., American statesman (d. 1820)
- 1808Michael William Balfe, Irish composer of the opera The Bohemian Girl (d. 1870)
- 1890Katherine Anne Porter, American author (d. 1980)
- 1901Xavier Herbert, Australian author (d. 1984)
- 1907Sukhdev Thapar, Indian revolutionary figure who fought for independence against the British colonialists (d. 1931)
- 1948Yutaka Enatsu, Japanese professional baseball pitcher
- 1959Andrew Eldritch, British singer and songwriter
- 1969Asalah Nasri, Syrian singer
- 1976Ryan Leaf, American football player
- 1987Andy Murray, Scottish tennis player
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