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This Day in History for May 15

1672 – 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts.

1829 – Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith.

1862 – US Department of Agriculture created.

1896 – Tornado kills 78 in Texas.

1905 – Las Vegas founded in Nevada.

1916 – Claiming that the USA must act to quell dangerous disorder, the government orders US Marines to land in Santo Domingo; the American occupation will continue until 1924.

1917 – The first officer’s training camp is opened in the US, as the country prepares for war.

1918 – 1st regular US airmail postal service between NY, Philadelphia & Washington, D.C.

1934 – US Department of Justice offers $25,000 reward for Dillinger, dead or alive.

1940 – McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.

1951 – AT&T becomes the 1st US corporation to have a million stockholders after young car salesman Brady Denton purchases 7 shares worth $1,078.

1957 – Evangelist Billy Graham launches his “crusade” in front of 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden in NYC.

1961 – Taxes took 25% of earnings in US.

1963 – Peter, Paul & Mary win their 1st Grammy (If I Had a Hammer)

1972 – The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.

1990 – Dow Jones average hits a record 2,822.45.

1993 – Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas opens.

2008 – California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state’s own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional.

2015 – Carl Icahn invests $100 million in Lyft, a ride-sharing service.

2017 – 1st US prosecution under federal Hate Crimes Act of violence against transgender person, murder of Mercedes Williams.

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