11 Things That Happened This Day In History - 15th May


Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history.

1. 1702 - The War of Spanish Succession begins

2. 1941 - The first test of an Allied aircraft using jet propulsion is made in Britain

3. 1941 - Joe DiMaggio begins his historic major league baseball hitting streak of 56 games

4. 1954 - The British Royal Family returns from its six-month tour of the Commonwealth to a rapturous welcome in London

5. 1957 - After just two years of development, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb over Christmas Island, as the arms race begins to escalate

6. 1970 - U.S. President Nixon appoints America's first two female Generals

7. 1971 - Two short films by John Lennon are shown at the Cannes Film Festival

8. 1972 - Alabama Governor George Wallace is shot and crippled as he campaigns for the US presidency

9. 1988 - The Soviet Union begins to withdraw its estimated 115,000 troops from Afghanistan

10. 1990 - A Van Gogh painting sells for $82.5m

11. 1998 - Sony and Cher receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com

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