May 15, Four Major Historical Events on This Day

There are many unforgettable historical happenings on May 15, however, these four major events on this day bear little more importance in comparison to others. Starting from Spanish inventor glides over the countryside on wings, A mouse named Mickey makes his debut, Assassination attempt fells US presidential candidate to Run-D.M.C. breaks through have more impact on others. Today we will discuss about these four crucial incidents in details.

1. Spanish inventor glides over the countryside on wings (May 15, 1793)

Spanish inventor glides over the countryside on wings

Diego Marín Aguilera was a Spanish inventor who was an early aviation pioneer. On a moonlit night, Diego Marín Aguilera flies on his invention made of iron, wood, and a myriad of feathers. He soars some 500 yards over Coruña del Conde, Spain, before landing. Others see his glider as heretical and they will burn it, ending Aguilera’s budding career in aviation.

2. A mouse named Mickey makes his debut (May 15, 1928)

A mouse named Mickey makes his debut (May 15, 1928)

Screened before a test audience, a silent short animated film made by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks fails to find a movie distributor. The lead character of ‘Plane Crazy,’ Mickey Mouse, won’t be fated to obscurity however, as his second outing, ‘Steamboat Willie,’ makes a big splash.

3. Assassination attempt fells US presidential candidate (May 15, 1972)

Assassination attempt fells US presidential candidate (May 15, 1972)

Arthur Bremer shoots Alabama governor and US presidential hopeful George Wallace as he campaigns at a Maryland shopping center. Wallace survives the assassination attempt, but will be paralyzed from the waist down the rest of his life. George Corley Wallace Jr. was the 45th Governor of Alabama, a position he occupied for four terms, during which he promoted “low-grade industrial development, low taxes, and trade schools.” He sought the United States presidency as a Democrat three times, and once as an American Independent Party candidate, unsuccessfully each time. He is best remembered for his staunch segregationist and populist views. Wallace was known as “the most dangerous racist in America” and notoriously opposed desegregation and supported the policies of “Jim Crow” during the Civil Rights Movement, declaring in his 1963 inaugural address that he stood for “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

Timeline

1943:George Wallace married Lurleen Wallace on May 21, 1943; their marriage lasted 25 years till May 07, 1968.

1962:In the wake of his defeat, Wallace adopted a hard-line segregationist stance and used this stand to court the white vote in the next gubernatorial election in 1962.

1963:Wallace took the oath of office on January 14, 1963, standing on the gold star marking the spot where, nearly 102 years earlier, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as provisional president of the Confederate States of America.

1966:He felt somewhat vindicated when Republicans in Idaho denied renomination in 1966 to Governor Robert E. Smylie, author of the article entitled “Why I Feel Sorry for Lurleen Wallace.”

1968:In the 1968 presidential election, Wallace ran a third party campaign in an attempt to force a contingent election in the United States House of Representatives, thereby enhancing the political clout of segregationist Southern leaders.

1970:In 1970, Wallace sought the Democratic nomination against incumbent Governor Albert Brewer, who was the first gubernatorial candidate since Reconstruction to seek African-American voter support.

4. Run-D.M.C. breaks through (May 15, 1986)

Run-D.M.C. breaks through (May 15, 1986)

The hip-hop group releases its third album, which includes a collaboration with Aerosmith on a new version of the band’s hit ‘Walk This Way.’ ‘Raising Hell’ will expand rap’s popularity to MTV and a broader audience, selling more than 3 million copies. Raising Hell is the third album by hip hop group Run-D.M.C. released on May 15, 1986 by Profile Records. The album was produced by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. Raising Hell became the first Platinum and multi-Platinum rap album in the history of hip-hop. The album was first certified as Platinum on July 15, 1986, before it was certified as 3x Platinum by the RIAA on April 24, 1987.

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