Wednesday 15 May 2019 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days
Calendars: Fatherís Days
, Womenís Days
, Worldwide Holidays
, Career Holidays (Recognition Holidays)
, Environmental Dates
, Food holidays
, Pet and Animal Holidays
, Unusual Holidays
Holidays and observances
- Aoi Festival in Japan
- Army Day in Slovenia
- Austrian Independence Day
- Bike-to-Work Day in United States (is celebrated on the third Friday of May)
- Constituent Assembly Day in Lithuania (1920)
- Earliest date on which Armed Forces Day (United States) can fall, while May 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third Saturday of May.
- Endangered Species Day
- International Conscientious Objectors Day
- International Virtual Assistants Day (the third Friday in May)
- National Chocolate Chip Day in USA
- Nylon Stockings Day
- Peace Officers Memorial Day (United States)
- Republic Day in Lithuania (1918)
- Straw Hat Day
- Tree Day in India
- 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.
- 1991 – Édith Cresson becomes France's first female premier.
- 1970 – President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army generals.
- 1963 – Project Mercury: The launch of the final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut Gordon Cooper on board. He becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, and the last American to go into space alone.
- 1957 – At Malden Island in the Pacific Ocean, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb in Operation Grapple.
- 1942 – World War II: In the United States, a bill creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is signed into law.
- 1941 – First flight of the Gloster E.28/39 the first British and Allied jet aircraft.
- 1940 – McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
- 1928 – Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy".
- 1925 – Al-Insaniyyah, the first Arabic communist newspaper, is founded.
- 1911 – In Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States, the United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an "unreasonable" monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up.
- 1905 – Las Vegas is founded when 110 acres (0.45 km2), in what later would become downtown, are auctioned off.
- 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of New Market, Virginia: Students from the Virginia Military Institute fight alongside the Confederate Army to force Union General Franz Sigel out of the Shenandoah Valley.
- 1862 – President Abraham Lincoln signs a bill into law creating the United States Bureau of Agriculture. It is later renamed the United States Department of Agriculture.
- 1851 – The first Australian gold rush is proclaimed, although the discovery had been made three months earlier.
- 1850 – The Bloody Island massacre takes place in Lake County, California, in which a large number of Pomo Indians are slaughtered by a regiment of the United States Cavalry.
- 1817 – 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, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).
- 1796 – War of the First Coalition: Napoleon enters Milan in triumph.
- 1793 – Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for "about 360 meters", at a height of 5–6 meters, during one of the first attempted manned flights.
- 1792 – War of the First Coalition: France declares war on Kingdom of Sardinia.
- 1776 – American Revolution: The Fifth Virginia Convention instructs its Continental Congress delegation to propose a resolution of independence from Great Britain, paving the way for the United States Declaration of Independence.
- 1730 – Robert Walpole effectively became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
- 1718 – James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world's first machine gun.
- 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).
- 1987 – Brian Dozier, American baseball player
- 1987 – David Adams, American baseball player
- 1987 – Mark Fayne, American ice hockey player
- 1987 – Michael Brantley, American baseball player
- 1986 – Thomas Brown, American football player
- 1981 – Jamie-Lynn Sigler, American actress and singer
- 1980 – Josh Beckett, American baseball player
- 1979 – Robert Royal, American football player
- 1979 – Ryan Max Riley, American skier
- 1978 – Amy Chow, American gymnast and pediatrician
- 1978 – David Krumholtz, American actor
- 1976 – Ryan Leaf, American football player and coach
- 1976 – Torraye Braggs, American basketball player
- 1976 – Tyler Walker, American baseball player
- 1975 – Ray Lewis, American football player and sportscaster
- 1974 – Ahmet Zappa, American musician and writer
- 1970 – Desmond Howard, American football player and sportscaster
- 1970 – Rod Smith, American football player
- 1969 – Emmitt Smith, American football player and sportscaster
- 1969 – Hideki Irabu, Japanese-American baseball player (d. 2011)
- 1967 – John Smoltz, American baseball player and sportscaster
- 1967 – Laura Hillenbrand, American journalist and author
- 1960 – Rob Bowman, American director and producer
- 1959 – Beverly Jo Scott, American-Belgian singer-songwriter
- 1958 – Jason Graae, American musical theater actor
- 1958 – Ron Simmons, American football player and wrestler
- 1957 – Kevin Von Erich, American football player and wrestler
- 1957 – Meg Gardiner, American-English author and academic
- 1956 – Dan Patrick, American television anchor and sportscaster
- 1956 – Kevin Greenaugh, American nuclear engineer
- 1954 – Diana Liverman, English-American geographer and academic
- 1953 – George Brett, American baseball player and coach
- 1952 – Chazz Palminteri, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
- 1951 – Dennis Frederiksen, American singer-songwriter (d. 2014)
- 1951 – Frank Wilczek, American mathematician and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
- 1950 – Jim Simons, American golfer (d. 2005)
- 1949 – Frank L. Culbertson Jr., American captain, pilot, and astronaut
- 1948 – Kathleen Sebelius, American politician, 44th Governor of Kansas
- 1945 – Jerry Quarry, American boxer (d. 1999)
- 1944 – Bill Alter, American police officer and politician
- 1943 – Freddie Perren, American songwriter, producer, and conductor (d. 2004)
- 1942 – K. T. Oslin, American singer-songwriter and actress
- 1942 – Lois Johnson, American singer-songwriter (d. 2014)
- 1941 – Jaxon, American illustrator and publisher, co-founded the Rip Off Press (d. 2006)
- 1940 – Don Nelson, American basketball player and coach
- 1940 – Lainie Kazan, American actress and singer
- 1940 – Roger Ailes, American businessman (d. 2017)
- 1938 – Nancy Garden, American author (d. 2014)
- 1937 – Madeleine Albright, Czech-American politician and diplomat, 64th United States Secretary of State
- 1937 – Trini Lopez, American singer, guitarist, and actor
- 1936 – Anna Maria Alberghetti, Italian-American actress and singer
- 1936 – Paul Zindel, American playwright and novelist (d. 2003)
- 1935 – Don Bragg, American pole vaulter
- 1935 – Utah Phillips, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)
- 1931 – Ken Venturi, American golfer and sportscaster (d. 2013)
- 1930 – Jasper Johns, American painter and sculptor
- 1925 – Carl Sanders, American soldier, pilot, and politician, 74th Governor of Georgia (d. 2014)
- 1923 – Richard Avedon, American sailor and photographer (d. 2004)
- 1918 – Arthur Jackson, American lieutenant and target shooter (d. 2015)
- 1918 – Eddy Arnold, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2008)
- 1918 – Joseph Wiseman, Canadian-American actor (d. 2009)
- 1915 – Paul Samuelson, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)
- 1912 – Arthur Berger, American composer and educator (d. 2003)
- 1910 – Constance Cummings, British-based American actress (d. 2005)
- 1905 – Abraham Zapruder, American businessman and amateur photographer, filmed the Zapruder film (d. 1970)
- 1905 – Joseph Cotten, American actor (d. 1994)
- 1904 – Clifton Fadiman, American game show host and author (d. 1999)
- 1902 – Richard J. Daley, American lawyer and politician, 48th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1976)
- 1900 – Ida Rhodes, American mathematician (d. 1986)
- 1895 – Prescott Bush, American captain, banker, and politician (d. 1972)
- 1895 – William D. Byron, American lieutenant and politician (d. 1941)
- 1894 – Feg Murray, American hurdler and cartoonist (d. 1973)
- 1892 – Charles E. Rosendahl, American admiral (d. 1977)
- 1890 – Katherine Anne Porter, American short story writer, novelist, and essayist (d. 1980)
- 1863 – Frank Hornby, English businessman and politician, invented Meccano (d. 1936)
- 1857 – Williamina Fleming, Scottish-American astronomer and academic (d. 1911)
- 1856 – L. Frank Baum, American novelist (d. 1919)
- 1841 – Clarence Dutton, American commander and geologist (d. 1912)
- 1749 – Levi Lincoln Sr., American lawyer and politician, 4th United States Attorney General (d. 1820)
- 1608 – René Goupil, French-American missionary and saint (d. 1642)
- 2015 – Elisabeth Bing, German-American physical therapist and author (b. 1914)
- 2015 – Garo Yepremian, Cypriot-American football player (b. 1944)
- 2015 – Jackie Brookner, American sculptor and educator (b. 1945)
- 2009 – Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player and bass player (b. 1964)
- 2008 – Alexander Courage, American composer and conductor (b. 1919)
- 2007 – Jerry Falwell, American pastor, founded Liberty University (b. 1933)
- 2003 – June Carter Cash, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (b. 1929)
- 1998 – Earl Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944)
- 1996 – Charles B. Fulton, American lawyer and judge (b. 1910)
- 1994 – Gilbert Roland, American actor (b. 1905)
- 1989 – Johnny Green, American composer and conductor (b. 1908)
- 1986 – Theodore H. White, American historian, journalist, and author (b. 1915)
- 1985 – Jackie Curtis, American actress and writer (b. 1947)
- 1984 – Francis Schaeffer, American pastor, theologian, and philosopher (b. 1912)
- 1982 – Gordon Smiley, American race car driver (b. 1946)
- 1980 – Gordon Prange, American historian and author (b. 1910)
- 1967 – Edward Hopper, American painter (b. 1882)
- 1957 – Keith Andrews, American racing driver (b. 1920)
- 1954 – William March, American soldier and author (b. 1893)
- 1948 – Edward J. Flanagan, Irish-American priest, founded Boys Town (b. 1886)
- 1886 – Emily Dickinson, American poet and author (b. 1830)
- 1879 – Gottfried Semper, German architect and educator, designed the Semper Opera House (b. 1803)
- 1700 – John Hale, American minister (b. 1636)