May 15 in Pop Culture History
1501 – Ottaviano Petrucci opened the first modern-style music publishing house, by producing the first book of music made from movable type, in Venice.
1793 – Diego Marín Aguilera flew a glider for approximately 1,000 feet during one of the first attempted manned flights, in Spain.
1800 – President John Adams ordered the new US federal government to leave Philadelphia and move to the nation’s new capital in Washington DC.
1858 – Royal Opera House opened in Covent Garden, London with a performance of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots.
1862 – President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill into law creating the United States Bureau of Agriculture. It was later renamed the United States Department of Agriculture.
1895 – A guesstimated F5 tornado hit Sherman, Texas and killed 73 people.
1891 – Pope Leo XIII defends workers’ rights and property rights in the encyclical Rerum novarum.
1928 – Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premiered in his first (silent) cartoon, Plane Crazy. 1929’s Steamboat Willie had sound. Plane Crazy was re-released with sound later 1929.
1935 – Albert Einstein was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal for his outstanding fundamental contributions to theoretical physics, especially his relativity theory, at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA.
1940 – Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the United States.
1940 – Richard and Maurice McDonald opened their hamburger restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
1942 – Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAACs) was formed, granting women official US military status.
1953 – Stanley L. Miller’s paper on the synthesis of amino acids under conditions that simulated primitive Earth’s atmosphere was published in Science. Miller had applied an electric discharge to a mixture of CH4, NH3, H2O, and H2 (which was believed at the time to be the atmospheric composition of early Earth.), creating a mixture of amino acids, hydroxy acids, and urea.
1976 # 1 Hit May 15, 1976 – May 21, 1976: The Sylvers – Boogie Fever
1982 # 1 Hit May 15, 1982 – July 2, 1982: Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder – Ebony and Ivory
1987 – Ishtar was released in theaters
1992 – Lethal Weapon 3 debuted in theaters
1993 # 1 Hit May 15, 1993 – July 9, 1993: Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes
2001 – The final Friends episode aired on NBC, titled ‘The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding’.
2003 – The Matrix Reloaded was released in theaters
2009 – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian debuted in theaters
2010 # 1 Hit May 15, 2010 – May 21, 2010: Usher featuring will.i.am – OMG
2015 – Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2 were released in theaters