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On May 15, 1972, George
C. Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer and left
paralyzed while campaigning in Laurel, Maryland,
for the Democratic presidential nomination.
On this date:
In 1602, Cape Cod was discovered by
English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold.
In 1886, poet
Emily Dickinson died in Amherst, Massachusetts.
In 1911, the
Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Standard
Oil Company, ruling it was in violation of the
Sherman Antitrust Act.
In 1918, US
airmail began service between Washington,
Philadelphia and New York.
In 1930, Ellen
Church, the first airline stewardess, went on
duty aboard a United Airlines flight between San
Francisco and Cheyenne, Wyoming.
In 1940, nylon
stockings went on general sale for the first time
in the United States.
In 1942, gasoline
rationing went into effect in 17 states, limiting
sales to three gallons a week for non-essential
In 1963, US
astronaut L. Gordon Cooper blasted off aboard
"Faith Seven" on the final mission of
the Project Mercury space program.
In 1969, Supreme
Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned amid a
controversy over his past legal fees.
In 1970, Phillip
Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black
students at Jackson State University in
Mississippi, were killed when police opened fire
during student protests.
Ten years ago:
Congressional leaders and Bush administration
officials began a bipartisan summit on the fiscal
1991 budget and its deficit.
Five years ago:
Dow Corning Corporation filed for Chapter Eleven
bankruptcy protection, citing potentially
astronomical expenses from liability lawsuits.
One year ago:
Russian President Boris Yeltsin triumphed over
his Communist foes, surviving an impeachment vote
in the Russian parliament.
"Charismatic" won the Preakness,
finishing one and a-half lengths ahead of
"People love to talk
but hate to listen."
Alice Duer Miller, American author (1874-1942).