May 15

May 15 Holidays and Events

 

Historical Milestones

May 15 marks several significant events throughout history, spanning various fields, including science, politics, and society.

Science and Exploration:

  • In 1618, Johannes Kepler confirmed his discovery of the third law of planetary motion, also known as the “Harmonic Law.”
  • On May 15, 1963, American astronaut Gordon Cooper orbited the Earth aboard “Faith 7,” concluding the final mission of Project Mercury.

Political Affairs:

  • The Medieval Inquisition saw Pope Innocent IV authorize the use of torture for eliciting confessions from heretics with the papal bull Ad extirpanda in 1252.
  • Austrian statesman Klemens von Metternich, instrumental in the post-Napoleonic reshaping of Europe, was born on this day in 1773.
  • The Battle of Frankenhausen took place in 1525, effectively ending the German Peasants’ War.

Legislation and Warfare:

  • 1918 was marked by significant movements in labor rights with the establishment of the first asylum for mental health—the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason in Philadelphia.
  • King John of England appointed Stephen Langton as Archbishop of Canterbury in 1213, an act that would eventually lead to the signing of the Magna Carta.

Social Developments:

  • On this day in 1862, legislation was signed to establish the United States Department of Agriculture.
  • Ellen Church became the first female flight attendant, marking a pivotal point in aviation history in 1930.
  • The Supreme Court of the United States, in 1958, made a landmark ruling that led to the enforcement of school desegregation in Washington, D.C.

Notable Birthdays:

  • The “Puckle Gun,” credited as the first patented machine gun, was invented by James Puckle and patented in 1718.

Cultural Moments:

  • 1942 brought the U.S. the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, a crucial step toward integrating women into the armed forces, making this date memorable for gender equality in the military service.

Pop Culture on May 15

On May 15, various notable events have taken place in the realm of pop culture that are still remembered today. The following list captures some of these moments that resonate with audiences around the world.

  • Music History:

    • In 1793, Diego Marín Aguilera propelled himself approximately 1,000 feet using a glider, marking an early attempt at manned flight.
    • On the same day in 1501, Ottaviano Petrucci established the first modern music publishing house in Venice, a significant milestone in the dissemination of music.
    • The loss of lives in pop music includes Evan Plunkett, known as Hollywood Will, on May 15, 2014, in Las Vegas.
  • Film and Entertainment:

    • Walt Disney’s beloved character Mickey Mouse premiered in his first cartoon, “Plane Crazy,” which was a silent film before “Steamboat Willie,” on May 15, 1928.
    • The celebrity landscape was touched by personal shifts when, in 2008, Canadian singer Shania Twain separated from her husband Robert John “Mutt” Lange.
  • Literature:

    • American poet Emily Dickinson, whose works have left a profound impact on literature, passed away in Amherst, Massachusetts, on May 15, 1886.
  • Significant Occasions:

    • May 15 is also recognized as the International Day of Families, emphasizing the importance of family units in societies globally.

This brief overview offers a glimpse into the events of May 15, reflecting an array of cultural milestones that include impactful flights, the evolution of music publishing, touching moments in film, shifts within the personal lives of entertainers, and thoughtful commemorations in the literary world. Each of these instances has contributed to the tapestry of pop culture in various parts of the world.

Celebrations and Famous Birthdays

International Day of Families

May 15 marks the International Day of Families. This observance was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families. It provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting them.

Notable Birthdays on May 15

The day is also significant for celebrating the birthdays of prominent figures throughout history and modern society.

  • 1558: Archduke Andrew of Austria, an Austrian nobleman, was born on this day. He became a clergyman and a Governor-General of the Habsburg Netherlands.
  • 1856: Author Lyman Frank Baum, best known for “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” was born.
  • 1859: Influential physicist Pierre Curie saw his birthday on May 15, recognized for his pioneering work in radioactivity.
  • 1890: Celebrated journalist, essayist, and short story writer Katherine Anne Porter was born.
  • 1905: Actor Joseph Cotten, known for roles in classic films, shared this birthday as well.

Drawing from various spheres of influence, May 15th also commemorates the births of entertainers, athletes, and content creators in recent times.

Year Name Profession
1969 Emmitt Smith Football Player
1986 Inanna Sarkis YouTube Star
1994 Meg DeAngelis YouTube Star
2007 Haerin Pop Singer
2003 Owen Holt TikTok Star
2004 Lottie Weaver TikTok Star
2002 Sarah Hunt Instagram Star
1998 SmokePurpp Rapper
2003 Sadie Jean Pop Singer
2001 Role Model Pop Singer
2001 Jackson Mahomes TikTok Star
1987 Birdy Pop Singer
1990 Stella Maxwell Model

This diverse group has made an impact in their respective fields, and their birthdays are recognized by fans across the world on May 15.

 

Zodiac

The Zodiac sign for May 15 is Taurus ♉.

Horoscope for May 15

Aries ♈
On May 15, Aries, the cosmos encourages you to trust your intuition and take bold action...

On May 15, Aries, the cosmos encourages you to trust your intuition and take bold action. Your natural charisma will draw positive attention your way, so don't hesitate to take the lead.

Taurus ♉
May 15 brings a sense of stability and security for Taurus...

May 15 brings a sense of stability and security for Taurus. It's a good day to focus on your long-term goals and make practical decisions that will lead to lasting success.

Gemini ♊
Geminis may find themselves drawn to intellectual pursuits on May 15...

Geminis may find themselves drawn to intellectual pursuits on May 15. Engage in stimulating conversations and seek out new knowledge to satisfy your curious mind.

Cancer ♋
Emotional depth and intuition are heightened for Cancer on May 15...

Emotional depth and intuition are heightened for Cancer on May 15. Trust your feelings and pay attention to your dreams, as they may hold valuable insights for you.

Leo ♌
May 15 is a day for Leos to shine...

May 15 is a day for Leos to shine. Your natural magnetism will be amplified, drawing admiration and positive energy your way. Embrace the spotlight with confidence.

Virgo ♍
Virgos may find themselves drawn to practical tasks on May 15...

Virgos may find themselves drawn to practical tasks on May 15. Focus on organization and attention to detail to make the most of this productive energy.

Libra ♎
May 15 encourages Libras to seek balance in all areas of life...

May 15 encourages Libras to seek balance in all areas of life. Take time to nurture your relationships and find harmony between work and relaxation.

Scorpio ♏
Intense and passionate energy surrounds Scorpios on May 15...

Intense and passionate energy surrounds Scorpios on May 15. Embrace your inner fire and pursue your desires with determination and confidence.

Sagittarius ♐
May 15 brings an adventurous spirit to Sagittarius...

May 15 brings an adventurous spirit to Sagittarius. Embrace new experiences and seek out opportunities for growth and expansion.

Capricorn ♑
Capricorns may find themselves focused on career and ambition on May 15...

Capricorns may find themselves focused on career and ambition on May 15. Set clear goals and take practical steps toward achieving them.

Aquarius ♒
May 15 encourages Aquarius to embrace their individuality and express their unique perspectives...

May 15 encourages Aquarius to embrace their individuality and express their unique perspectives. Your innovative ideas will be well-received by those around you.

Pisces ♓
Intuitive and empathetic, Pisces will feel deeply attuned to the emotions of others on May 15...

Intuitive and empathetic, Pisces will feel deeply attuned to the emotions of others on May 15. Use your compassionate nature to offer support and understanding to those in need.

When is May 15?

No, it's not May 15 today. There are 331 days until May 15, 2025.

You can learn more about what day it is and what we celebrate today here.