First, let's say that I don't link anything here to ANYTHING. Another thread had me interested in important events that happen on any given day in history, so I thought I'd start a thread and update it often with historical events that occur "this day in History" Today, May 15: Frank Baum, author of Wizard of Oz, was born. In 1941, the Allied Forces launch their first Jet engine based fighter planes. The Gloster-Whittle E 28/39 flew successfully over England, and jet air warfare was officially underway. Whittle is often viewed as the founder of the modern Jet services. May 15, 1963, Gordon Cooper launched as the pinnacle mission of the Mercury project, taking Faith 7 through 22 successful earth orbits. Cooper was the 6th person to travel into space by NASA. Cooper's efforts set the stage for NASA, and results of Faith 7 proved to be some of the key moments in the Mercury program, giving more insight and letting people know that people could stay in space for longer periods of time. May 15, 1988, the Soviets face the downfall that basically signaled the collapse of the USSR, as troops officially began withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Soviet withdrawal is flagged by the international press, and specifically the Russian Press as a signal of great problems within the Russian military and leadership. Roughly 16,000 died, and many referred to this as "Russia's Vietnam" however, the economic effects of the Afghanistan crisis on Afghanistan were far more devastating then anything the Vietnam war represented to the US. May 15, 1942, Ronald Reagan, who was a Army Reserve Lt., having joined the military after WWI (and prior to WWII) but rejected for full duty (stigmatism, which at the time was untreatable) asked for and received transfer to the US Air Force from Calvary, where he was put to work in making the "Why We Fight" video campaign for the military. May 15, 1942, Edith Nourse Rogers (House Rep-MA) manages to succeed in her efforts for the Women's military moment, and the first Women's Auxilary Military Corps (WACS) is created. This non-combat military division lets more women take an active role in the military workings of WWII. May 15, 1923, While flapperdom and the roaring twenties are going, the US Military begins asking young men to consider making themselves active reservists, with it's first open campaign since WWI. This campaign urges young men to join reserve units as the "Nation at the Ready" program starts nationwide. May 15, 1972, George Wallace is shot in the south. I would say more, but eh. May 15, 1800, marks the beginning of the move from Philadelphia to Washington, DC for the US Federal Government. Over the course of a month, all employees and services were moved from Philadelphia to DC, and on June 11, 1800, the Federal Government closed all main offices in Philadelphia. At the time, 128 full time employees were in the service of the US Government.