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This Day in History for May 15

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1862 – US Department of Agriculture created.

1894 – 20th Kentucky Derby: Frank Goodale aboard Chant wins in 2:41.

1905 – Las Vegas founded in Nevada.

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

1928 – Mickey Mouse makes his 1st ever appearance in silent film “Plane Crazy”

1933 – 1st voice amplification system to be used in US Senate.

1940 – Richard and Maurice McDonald open the 1st McDonald’s restaurant in San Bernardino, California.

1942 – Gasoline 1st rationed in US (17 Eastern States)

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.

1960 – Taxes took 25% of earnings in US.

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

1968 – A tornado strikes Jonesboro, Arkansas at 10 PM, killing 36.

1973 – California Angel Nolan Ryan’s 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0.

1987 – Last episode of “The Late Show with Joan Rivers” after the host is fired by the Fox network.

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

1997 – ABC News & Starwave Corp launch ABCNEWS.com.

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.

2019 – US birthrate in 2018 the lowest for 32 years (total fertility rate 1,728 births per 1,000 women), with record lows for teen births.

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