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Today’s GK Facts in History: 15 May

Today’s GK Facts in History

15 May

  • 1862 The United States Department of Agriculture was created on this day by an Act of Congress.
  • 1911 The Standard Oil Company, headed by John D. Rockefeller, was ordered to be dissolved by the Supreme Court under the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • 1918 The first airmail route in the US was established between New York and Washington, DC, with a stop in Philadelphia.
  • 1930 Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess on a Boeing Air Transport flight between Oakland and Chicago.
  • 1940 Nylon stockings were first sold in the United States.
  • 1972 Alabama Governor George Wallace was shot and maimed while campaigning for the presidency.
  • 1988 The Soviet Union began withdrawing its estimated 115,000 soldiers from Afghanistan.
  • 1948, Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, and Iraq invaded Israel, The First Arab-Israeli War began with Israel’s declaration of independence before the invasion. It lasted about 10 months and resulted in thousands of casualties.
  • 1940 Opening of the first McDonald’s fast-food restaurant, Maurice “Mac” and Richard “Dick” McDonald opened McDonald’s Bar-B-Q in San Bernardino. Today McDonald’s is the largest fast-food chain in the world.
  • 1930 The first airline stewardess enters service, Ellen Church and her team serve breakfast on a United Airlines flight from Oakland to Chicago. Flight attendants were also responsible for refueling, handling luggage, and checking tickets.
  • 1928 The first Mickey Mouse movie is shown, “Plane Crazy,” a 6-minute movie directed by Walt Disney, features Mickey trying to fly a plane about Charles Lindbergh. Today, Mickey Mouse is one of the world’s most recognizable cartoon characters and the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company.
  • 1718 The world’s first machine gun is patented, British lawyer, James Puckle, invented the 25.4mm caliber “Puckle Gun” for use on ships. It was designed to have two types of bullets: round bullets for Christians and square bullets (more damaging) for Turks.

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