This Day in History for May 15
1817 – First private mental hospital opens in the US, Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1829 – Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist, according to Joseph Smith.
1862 – US Department of Agriculture created.
1911 – Supreme Court dissolves Standard Oil (Sherman Antitrust Act)
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”
1934 – US Department of Justice offers $25,000 reward for Dillinger, dead of alive.
1940 – McDonald’s open its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
1942 – Gasoline first 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 – 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden for Billy Graham launching his crusade.
1960 – Taxes took 25% of earnings in US.
1967 – “In re Gault”, US Supreme Court rules juveniles accused of crimes should be given same legal rights as adults.
1972 – The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
1981 – “Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island” airs.
1989 – Maxwell House coffee runs ads during “Roe vs Wade” movie despite threats of boycott by right-to-lifers.
1992 – NY department store chain Alexanders announces closing of all 11 stores.
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.Share: