Today in History: May 15

Today in History: May 15

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0756

Abd-al-Rahman is proclaimed emir of Cordoba, Spain.

1213

King John submits to the Pope, offering to make England and Ireland papal fiefs. Pope Innocent III lifts the interdict of 1208.

1602

English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold discovers Cape Cod.

1614

An aristocratic uprising in France ends with the Treaty of St. Menehould.

1618

Johannes Kepler discovers his harmonics law.

1702

The War of Spanish Succession begins.

1730

Following the resignation of Lord Townshend, Robert Walpole becomes the sole minister in the English cabinet.

1768

By the Treaty of Versailles, France purchases Corsica from Genoa.

1795

Napoleon enters the Lombardian capital of Milan in triumph.

1820

The U.S. Congress designates the slave trade a form of piracy.

1849

Neapolitan troops enter Palermo, Sicily.

1862

The Union ironclad Monitor and the gunboat Galena fire on Confederate troops at the Battle of Drewry's Bluff, Virginia.

1864

At the Battle of New Market, Virginia Military Institute cadets repel a Union attack.

1886

Emily Dickinson dies in Amherst, Mass., where she had lived in seclusion for the previous 24 years.

1916

U.S. Marines land in Santo Domingo to quell civil disorder.

1918

Pfc. Henry Johnson and Pfc. Needham Roberts receive the Croix de Guerre for their services in World War I. They are the first Americans to win France's highest military medal.

1930

Ellen Church becomes the first airline stewardess.

1942

The United States begins rationing gasoline.

1958

Sputnik III is launched by the Soviet Union.

1963

The last Project Mercury space flight, carrying Gordon Cooper, is launched.

1968

U.S. Marines relieve army troops in Nhi Ha, South Vietnam after a fourteen-day battle.

1972

Gov. George Wallace is shot by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Maryland.

1975

The merchant ship Mayaguez is recaptured from Cambodia's Khmer Rouge.

1988

Soviets forces begin their withdrawal from Afghanistan.