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May 15, 2014 12:52 PM by AP

Today in History for May 15, 2014

Today is Thursday, May 15, the 135th day of 2014. There are 230 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 15, 1972, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot and left paralyzed by Arthur H. Bremer while campaigning in Laurel, Maryland, for the Democratic presidential nomination.

On this date:

In 1776, Virginia endorsed American independence from Britain.

In 1911, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Standard Oil Co. was a monopoly in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, and ordered its breakup.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.

In 1974, three Palestinians took 100 pupils hostage at a school in the town of Maalot in northern Israel; the gunmen killed 22 children as Israeli troops stormed the building, killing the hostage-takers.

In 1975, U.S. forces invaded the Cambodian island of Koh Tang and recaptured the American merchant ship Mayaguez.

In 1988, the Soviet Union began the process of withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, more than eight years after Soviet forces had entered the country.

In 2004, Col. Robert Morgan, commander of the famed Memphis Belle B-17 bomber that flew combat missions over Europe during World War II, died in Asheville, North Carolina, at age 85.

Today's Birthdays: Playwright Sir Peter Shaffer is 88. Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 78. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is 77. Singer Trini Lopez is 77. Singer Lenny Welch is 76. Actress-singer Lainie Kazan is 74. Actress Gunilla Hutton is 72. Country singer K.T. Oslin is 72. The Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, is 66. Singer-songwriter Brian Eno is 66. Actor Nicholas Hammond is 64. Actor Chazz Palminteri is 62. Baseball Hall-of-Famer George Brett is 61. Musician-composer Mike Oldfield is 61. Actor Lee Horsley is 59. TV personality Giselle Fernandez is 53. Football Hall-of-Famer Emmitt Smith is 45. Singer-rapper Prince Be (PM Dawn) is 44. Actor Brad Rowe is 44. Actor David Charvet is 42. Actor Russell Hornsby is 40. Rock musician Ahmet Zappa is 40. Olympic gold-medal gymnast Amy Chow is 36. Actor David Krumholtz is 36. Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler is 33.

 

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