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Wednesday May 15, 2019

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.

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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)

  • 1252
    Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad exstirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition.
  • 1618
    Johannes 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).
  • 1792
    War of the First Coalition: France declares war on Kingdom of Sardinia.
  • 1858
    Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.
  • 1919
    The Winnipeg General Strike begins. By 11:00 am, almost the whole working population of Winnipeg, Manitoba had walked off the job.
  • 1940
    USS Sailfish (SS-192) recommissioned, originally the USS Squalus.
  • 1951
    The Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum.
  • 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.
  • 1988
    Soviet war in Afghanistan: After more than eight years of fighting, the Red Army begins its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
  • 1997
    The United States government acknowledges the existence of the “Secret War” in Laos and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other “Secret War” veterans.

Who were born on May 15?

  • 1608
    René Goupil, French Catholic missionary (Canadian Martyrs) (d. 1642)
  • 1911
    Max Frisch, Swiss author (d. 1991)
  • 1914
    Norrie Paramor, British arranger, conductor (d. 1979)
  • 1918
    Eddy Arnold, American country music singer (d. 2008)
  • 1936
    Wavy Gravy, American clown and activist
  • 1940
    Roger Ailes, American businessman
  • 1970
    Rod Smith, American football player
  • 1974
    Vassilis Kikilias, Greek basketball player
  • 1978
    Caroline Dhavernas, Canadian actress
  • 1982
    Jessica Sutta, American dancer, singer and actress (Pussycat Dolls)

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