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  • Paris, France
    Tuesday May 15, 1888

    Eiffel Tower

    Start of construction on the second stage

    Paris, France
    Tuesday May 15, 1888

    Start of construction on the second stage.




  • Russian Empire
    Monday May 15, 1905

    1905 Russian Revolution

    Svirskii tells the strikers they can negotiate only about each factory in turn, but they can hold elections wherever

    Russian Empire
    Monday May 15, 1905

    15 May: Svirskii tells the strikers they can negotiate only about each factory in turn, but they can hold elections wherever. The strikers elect delegates to represent each mill while they are still out in the streets. Later the delegates elect a chairman.




  • Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
    Thursday May 15, 1919

    Red Summer

    Vicksburg riots

    Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
    Thursday May 15, 1919

    In Vicksburg, 1000 white rioters broke Lloyd Clay out of jail, hung him, and burned him in the city center as the crowd watching. The riot spurred by rumors of an attack on a white women.




  • Egyptian and Libyan border
    Thursday May 15, 1941

    World War II

    Operation Brevity

    Egyptian and Libyan border
    Thursday May 15, 1941

    Operation Brevity was a limited offensive conducted in mid-May 1941, during the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. Conceived by the commander-in-chief of the British Middle East Command, General Archibald Wavell, Brevity was intended to be a rapid blow against weak Axis front-line forces in the Sollum–Capuzzo–Bardia area of the border between Egypt and Libya. Although the operation got off to a promising start, throwing the Axis high command into confusion, most of its early gains were lost to local counter-attacks, and with German reinforcements being rushed to the front the operation was called off after one day.




  • Zhejiang, China - Jiangxi, China
    Friday May 15, 1942

    Second Sino-Japanese War

    The Zhejiang-Jiangxi campaign

    Zhejiang, China - Jiangxi, China
    Friday May 15, 1942

    After the Doolittle Raid, the Imperial Japanese Army conducted a massive sweep through Zhejiang and Jiangxi of China, now known as the Zhejiang-Jiangxi Campaign, with the goal of finding the surviving American airmen, applying retribution on the Chinese who aided them and destroying air bases. The operation started May 15, 1942, with 40 infantry battalions and 15–16 artillery battalions but was repelled by Chinese forces in September.




  • Zhejiang, Jiangxi, China
    Friday May 15, 1942

    World War II

    Zhejiang-Jiangxi Campaign

    Zhejiang, Jiangxi, China
    Friday May 15, 1942

    In mid-May, Japan started the Zhejiang-Jiangxi Campaign, which lasted from 15 May to 4 September in China, with the goal of inflicting retribution on the Chinese who aided the surviving American airmen in the Doolittle Raid.




  • Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
    Sunday May 15, 1955

    Fidel Castro

    Castro's Release

    Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
    Sunday May 15, 1955

    In 1954, Batista's government held presidential elections, but no politician standing against him; the election was widely considered fraudulent. It had allowed some political opposition to be voiced, and Castro's supporters had agitated for an amnesty for the Moncada incident's perpetrators. Some politicians suggested an amnesty would be good publicity, and the Congress and Batista agreed. Backed by the US and major corporations, Batista believed Castro to be no threat, and on 15 May 1955, the prisoners were released.


  • Beijing, China
    Monday May 15, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    1989 Sino-Soviet Summit

    Beijing, China
    Monday May 15, 1989

    The students remained in the Square during the Gorbachev visit; his welcoming ceremony was held at the airport. The Sino-Soviet summit, the first of its kind in some 30 years, marked the normalization of Sino-Soviet relations, and was seen as a breakthrough of tremendous historical significance for China's leaders. However, its smooth proceedings was derailed by the student movement; this created a major embarrassment ("loss of face") for the leadership on the global stage, and drove many moderates in government onto a more 'hardliner' path. The summit between Deng and Gorbachev took place at the Great Hall of the People amid the backdrop of commotion and protest in the Square.


  • Yugoslavia
    Wednesday May 15, 1991

    Croatian War of Independence

    Blocked appointment

    Yugoslavia
    Wednesday May 15, 1991

    On 15 May, Stjepan Mesić, a Croat, was scheduled to be the chairman of the rotating presidency of Yugoslavia. Serbia, aided by Kosovo, Montenegro, and Vojvodina, whose presidency votes were at that time under Serbian control, blocked the appointment, which was otherwise seen as largely ceremonial.


  • Tuzla, Bosna and Herzegovina
    Friday May 15, 1992

    Bosnian War

    A JNA column was ambushed in Tuzla

    Tuzla, Bosna and Herzegovina
    Friday May 15, 1992

    On 15 May 1992, a JNA column was ambushed in Tuzla. 92nd Motorised JNA Brigade (stationed in "Husinska buna" barracks in Tuzla) received orders to leave the city of Tuzla and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and to enter Serbia.


  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Saturday May 15, 1993

    Bosnian War

    The Vance-Owen peace plan was rejected

    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Saturday May 15, 1993

    On 15–16 May, the Vance-Owen peace plan was rejected on a referendum.


  • Belgrade, Serbia
    Friday May 15, 1998

    Kosovo War

    the only meeting between Milošević and Ibrahim Rugova happened on 15 May in Belgrade

    Belgrade, Serbia
    Friday May 15, 1998

    During this time, Yugoslav President Milošević reached an arrangement with Boris Yeltsin of Russia to stop offensive operations and prepare for talks with the Albanians, who refused to talk to the Serbian side throughout the crisis, but would talk with the Yugoslav government. In fact, the only meeting between Milošević and Ibrahim Rugova (first President of the Republic of Kosova) happened on 15 May in Belgrade, two days after Richard Holbrooke announced that it would take place. Holbrooke threatened Milošević that if he did not obey, "what's left of your country will implode". A month later, Holbrooke visited the border areas affected by the fighting in early June, where he was famously photographed with the KLA. The publication of these images sent a signal to the KLA, its supporters and sympathisers, and to observers in general, that the US was decisively backing the KLA and the Albanian population in Kosovo.


  • Hampden Park, Glasgow, UK
    Wednesday May 15, 2002

    Michael Ballack

    Losing the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final

    Hampden Park, Glasgow, UK
    Wednesday May 15, 2002

    He lost the UEFA Champions League final 2–1 to Real Madrid.


  • New York, U.S.
    Sunday May 15, 2005

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    Status of SARS as of May 15, 2005

    New York, U.S.
    Sunday May 15, 2005

    No new cases of SARS has been reported through 2005 or in late 2004.


  • London, England
    Monday May 15, 2006

    Michael Ballack

    Moving to Chelsea

    London, England
    Monday May 15, 2006

    Ballack agreed to join English Premier League club Chelsea on a free transfer on 15 May 2006.


  • U.S.
    Friday May 15, 2009

    Eminem

    Relapse

    U.S.
    Friday May 15, 2009

    Eminem appeared on his Shade 45 Sirius channel in September 2008, saying: "Right now I'm kinda just concentrating on my own stuff, for right now and just banging out tracks and producing a lot of stuff. You know, the more I keep producing the better it seems like I get 'cause I just start knowing stuff." Interscope confirmed that a new album would be released in spring 2009. In December 2008, Eminem provided more details about the album, entitled Relapse: "Me and Dre are back in the lab like the old days, man. Dre will end up producing the majority of the tracks on 'Relapse'. We are up to our old mischievous ways ... let's just leave it at that."


  • Wembley Stadium, London, UK
    Saturday May 15, 2010

    Michael Ballack

    The 2010 FA Cup Final

    Wembley Stadium, London, UK
    Saturday May 15, 2010

    He also started as Chelsea were victorious against Portsmouth in the 2010 FA Cup final, however he would come off injured shortly before half-time after a tackle by Kevin-Prince Boateng. As a result of the injury, Ballack was not able to participate in the 2010 World Cup.


  • France
    Tuesday May 15, 2012

    Emmanuel Macron

    Deputy Secretary General of the Élysée

    France
    Tuesday May 15, 2012

    On 15 May 2012, Macron became the Deputy Secretary General of the Élysée, a senior role in President François Hollande's staff.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday May 15, 2013

    Bitcoin

    US authorities seized accounts associated with Mt. Gox

    U.S.
    Wednesday May 15, 2013

    On 15 May 2013, US authorities seized accounts associated with Mt. Gox after discovering it had not registered as a money transmitter with FinCEN in the US.


  • Mountain View, California, U.S.
    Wednesday May 15, 2013

    Android

    Google Play edition program

    Mountain View, California, U.S.
    Wednesday May 15, 2013

    At its developer conference in May 2013, Google announced a special version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, where, instead of using Samsung's own Android customization, the phone ran "stock Android" and was promised to receive new system updates fast. The device would become the start of the Google Play edition program and was followed by other devices, including the HTC One Google Play edition, and Moto G Google Play edition.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday May 15, 2014

    Internet

    the FCC decided to consider two options regarding Internet services

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday May 15, 2014

    On May 15, 2014, the FCC decided to consider two options regarding Internet services: first, permit fast and slow broadband lanes, thereby compromising net neutrality; and second, reclassify broadband as a telecommunication service, thereby preserving net neutrality.


  • Boston's South End, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Thursday May 15, 2014

    Aaron Hernandez

    Hernandez was indicted

    Boston's South End, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Thursday May 15, 2014

    On May 15, 2014, Hernandez was indicted on murder charges for the killings of de Abreu and Furtado, with additional charges of armed assault and attempted murder associated with shots fired at the surviving occupants in the vehicle. The trial began on March 1, 2017. The prosecution case was strongly based on testimony by Bradley, a known drug dealer who had been feuding with Hernandez since the NFL player allegedly shot him in the face and left him to die. Hernandez and Bradley each claimed the other person pulled the trigger. Jose Baez, Hernandez's attorney, argued that the proposed motive was implausible, and Hernandez was a suspect of convenience to close two unsolved murders. Bradley alleged that Hernandez was angered after the victims spilled a drink on him at a nightclub several hours before the shooting and killed them in retaliation. Security camera footage confirmed Hernandez was in the club for less than ten minutes. In that time he calmly posed for a photo with a fan and left by himself — contradicting Bradley's testimony that he departed with Hernandez. Furthermore, Baez characterized the police investigation as extraordinarily sloppy (e.g., the victims' bodies were kept in their bullet-riddled vehicle as it was towed away from the shooting scene, a major protocol violation) with no physical evidence tying Hernandez to the murders.


  • Washington, D.C., U.S.
    Wednesday May 15, 2019

    Huawei

    The Department of Commerce's Reponse

    Washington, D.C., U.S.
    Wednesday May 15, 2019

    On 15 May 2019, the Department of Commerce added Huawei and 70 foreign subsidiaries and "affiliates" to its entity list under the Export Administration Regulations, citing the company having been indited for "knowingly and willfully causing the export, reexport, sale and supply, directly and indirectly, of goods, technology and services (banking and other financial services) from the United States to Iran and the government of Iran without obtaining a license from the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)". This restricts U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei without a government license.


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