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May 15, 2026

Friday the 15th of May in the year 2026

Today's name is: Sofia, Sonja. Congratulations on your name day!

This is week: 20

Day of the year is: 135 of total 365 days.

Historical events this day: (from Wikipedia)

  • 495 BC - A temple to the god Mercury honor is inaugurated on Circus Maximus between the hills The Aventine and The Palatine in Rome. May 15 is then celebrated Mercuralia in Rome to the glory of God.
  • 1525Duke George of Saxony and Count Thomas Müntzer is captured and tortured and, despite renouncing his radical ideas, is executed on May 27.
  • 1702A big fire breaks out in Uppsala, whereby the researcher among others Olof Rudbeck the Elder's library is destroyed, despite the over 70-year-old Rudbeck helping to do what he can to save it. Although Rudbeck soon presents a new city plan for Uppsala, this hard blow has left him a broken man and he dies four months later.
  • 1789 - Then king Gustav III through the introduction of Association and security deed on 21 February of the same year is given the right to determine the number of members in Sweden's National Council he has set the number to zero. Therefore, he is today abolishing this institution, which has existed at least since the 13th century and functioned as Sweden's government for 500 years. As a replacement for the Riksdag, he founded The preparation of the Kingdom's general affairs, which takes over some of the Riksdag's former areas, while Supreme Court takes over others. However, the work only exists for about 50 years, because it is abolished by the departmental reform in 1840.
  • 1800 - The British King George III becomes the victim of an assassination attempt by James Hadfield. At the trial against Hadfield, however, he is acquitted of the charge of high treason, as it can be proven that he is insane.
  • 1860 - The Italian unit fighter Giuseppe Garibaldi's troops defeat a Sicilian army in the Kingdom of Italy.
  • 1891The encyclical Reroom novaroom promulgated by Pope Leo XIII.
  • 1908International Ice Hockey Federation (International Ice Hockey Federation; IIHF) is founded in Paris under the name Ligue International de Hockey sur Glace (LIHG) by representatives from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Switzerland and Bohemia and its first president becomes the French representative Louis Magnus. The association's purpose is to coordinate international ice hockey competitions and standardize the sport's rules.
  • 1914An art industry and craft exhibition is inaugurated in Malmö and runs until 4 October. It exhibits industry and crafts from the former Baltic countries of Denmark, Russia, Sweden and Germany.
  • 1919 - During the ongoing war between Greece and Turkey Greek troops capture the Turkish city Smyrna. IN the peace of Sèvres the following year it is decided that the city will officially belong to Greece, but since the Turks have retaken it, after the end of the war it will be through Peace of Lausanne 1923 again Turkish.
  • 1930 - The nurse flight attendant when she accompanies on a flight between the American cities of Oakland and Chicago.
  • 1932 - Reactionary groups within the Japanese navy carry out Tsuyoshi Inukai, but even if the coup fails, the sentences against those responsible are lenient as they enjoy strong popular support and the coup attempt leads to some laws being changed, paving the way for Japanese democracy.
  • 1940
    • The army of the Netherlands surrenders to the Germans during the German invasion of the country. The Dutch Government and Queen Wilhelmina goes into exile to Great Britain, where they stay for the five years that the occupation lasts.
    • Brothers Dick and Mac McDonald open the world's first McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino, California. However, it takes until 1955 before the first one the franchise restaurant under the brand is opened and it thus becomes a restaurant chain.
  • 1948 - The day after the state Israel have been founded fits Arab League the country in hopes of quickly wiping it out. After two months, however, Israel has defeated its enemies and when the war officially ending in 1949, it is with Israeli victory, although some of the country's enemies make territorial gains.
  • 1955 - Austria achieves full independence, ten years later the Allied occupation of the country after the end of World War II. Since the war, the country, like Germany, has been occupied by the four victorious powers France, Great Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union, as before and during the war it was part of Germany. Since Austria has agreed to adopt a strictly neutral foreign policy, however, all four occupying powers agree to restore the country's independence, unlike Germany, which has been divided into two states and where the eastern part is one of the satellite states of the Soviet Union.
  • 1960 - The Soviet Union launches the Vostok program satellite, and although this is unmanned, it becomes a precursor to the first manned satellite, which is launched on April 12 of the following year.
  • 1970 - The Ice Hockey Association Birch leaves formed after a merger of Sandåkerns SK and IFK Umeå.
  • 1971 - Sweden's first pride demonstration is held in Örebro by the local association Gay Power Club, to demonstrate for gay rights. One of the demands made during the parade is that "two of the same sex should be allowed to marry each other". However, it was not until the late 1990s that pride demonstrations and festivals became common (with Stockholm Pride as the biggest attraction starting in 1998) and until 2009, before marriage between persons of the same sex are allowed.
  • 1972 - The US presidential candidate and governor of Alabama George Wallace is subjected to an assassination attempt when he is shot and hit by five shots. He survives the attack, but is paralyzed from the waist down and is forced to withdraw from the election.
  • 1974 - Three members of Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine takes 85 schoolchildren and some adults, who are on a school trip, hostage in Ma'alot in northern Israel. The hostage takers demand the release of several Arab political prisoners, in exchange for letting the hostages live. After the Israeli The Knesset have held a crisis meeting and the negotiations with the terrorists have broken down, the Israeli military storms the school, where the young people are hostages. In what goes down in history as The Ma'alot Massacre however, 21 of the young people are killed and 60 wounded by the terrorists, before they are shot dead. In revenge for the massacre, Israel carries out bombings of Palestinian refugee camps in southern Lebanon the following day, killing 27 people and injuring 138.
  • 1988 - The Soviet Union begins its retreat from Afghanistan, almost a decade after Soviet troops began the invasion of the country in the late 1970s. The Soviet withdrawal comes after the Soviets have committed to it through a UN resolution, but it will take until February 15 of the following year, before the last Soviet troops have left Afghanistan.