Pilgrim's Path Daily

Monday, May 15, 2006

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1252 Pope Innocent IV issued the papal bull ad exstirpanda, authorizing the use of torture on heretics during the Medieval Inquisition.

1756 Seven Years' War: Britain declared war on France, two years after fighting began in the Ohio Country.

1886 Poet Emily Dickinson died at age 55.

1918 U.S. airmail began service between Washington, Philadelphia and New York.

1928 Cartoon characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse made their movie debut in Plane Crazy.

1930 Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess, went on duty aboard a United Airlines flight between San Francisco and Cheyenne, Wyo.

1934 Prime Minister Ka-rlis Ulmanis dissolved the Saeima and established an authoritarian rule in Latvia.

1940 Nylon stockings went on general sale for the first time in the United States.

1942 Gasoline rationing went into effect in 17 states.

1948 Hours after declaring its independence, the new state of Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

1969 Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned amid a controversy over his past legal fees.

1970 Two black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi were killed when police opened fire during student protests.

1972 George C. Wallace was shot and left paralyzed by Arthur Bremer while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination in Laurel, Md.

1990 Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet was sold for US$82.5 million, at the time the world's most expensive painting.


88 Eddy Arnold Country singer
70 Anna Maria Alberghetti Actress
69 Trini Lopez Singer
66 Lainie Kazan Actress-singer (''My Big Fat Greek Wedding'')
66 Paul Rudd Actor-director
64 K.T. Oslin Country singer



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