Wednesday May 15, 2024
A date scroll with Latin text from “The Extremes of Good and Evil” by Cicero, written in 45 BC.

May 15: Day of the Week

May 15, 2024 was the 136th day of the year 2024 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.

May 2024

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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.

May 15 Historical Event(s)

Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Russian minelayer Amur laid a minefield about 15 miles off Port Arthur and sank Japan’s battleships Hatsuse, 15,000 tons, with 496 crew and “Yashima”.
Mickey Mouse premiered in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy
Kārlis Ulmanis establishes an authoritarian government in Latvia.
The Moscow Metro is opened to public.
Amy Johnson arrives back in England after a record-breaking return flight to Cape Town
World War II: in the United States, a bill creating the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is signed into law.
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.
Philip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green are killed at Jackson State University by police during student protests.
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?

René Goupil, French Catholic missionary (Canadian Martyrs) (d. 1642)
Pierre Curie, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1906)
Jean-Étienne Valluy, French general (d. 1970)
Lenny Welch, American singer
Jusuf Kalla, Indonesian politician
David Charvet, French actor
Ahmet Zappa, American musician
Torraye Braggs, American basketball player
Sérgio Jimenez, Brazilian racing driver
Thomas Brown, American football player

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