Today is Wednesday, May 15, the 135th day of 2019. There are 230 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 15, 1930, registered nurse Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess, went on duty aboard an Oakland-to-Chicago flight operated by Boeing Air Transport, a forerunner of United Airlines.
On this date:
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed an act establishing the Department of Agriculture.
In 1918, U.S. airmail began service between Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York.
In 1940, DuPont began selling its nylon stockings nationally.
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, whose members came to be known as WACs.
In 1963, Weight Watchers was incorporated in New York.
In 1988, the Soviet Union began the process of withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, more than eight years after Soviet forces entered the country.
In 2008, California's Supreme Court declared same-sex couples in the state could marry — a victory for the gay rights movement that was overturned the following November by the passage of Proposition 8, which was ultimately struck down by the courts.
Ten years ago: General Motors told about 1,100 dealers their franchises would be terminated. CIA Director Leon Panetta defended the agency against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's charge that she was misled in 2002 about the use of waterboarding on detainees. .
Five years ago: President Barack Obama dedicated the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum deep beneath ground zero, calling it a symbol that says of America: "Nothing can ever break us."
One year ago: Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended for 80 games for violating baseball's drug agreement.
Today's Birthdays: Actress-singer Anna Maria Alberghetti is 83. Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 83. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is 82. Singer Trini Lopez is 82. Singer Lenny Welch is 81. Actress-singer Lainie Kazan is 77. Country singer K.T. Oslin is 77. Actor Chazz Palminteri is 73. Singer-songwriter Brian Eno is 71. Actor Nicholas Hammond (Film: "The Sound of Music") is 69. Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett is 66. Musician-composer Mike Oldfield is 66. TV personality Giselle Fernandez is 58. Rapper Grandmaster Melle Mel is 58. Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith is 50. Actor David Charvet is 47. Actor Russell Hornsby is 45. Rock musician Ahmet Zappa is 45. Olympic gold medal gymnast Amy Chow is 41. Actor David Krumholtz is 41. Rock musician David Hartley (The War on Drugs) is 39. Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler is 38. Actress Alexandra Breckenridge is 37. Rock musician Brad Shultz (Cage the Elephant) is 37. Rock musician Nick Perri is 35. Tennis player Andy Murray is 32.
Thought for Today: "Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes." — Emily Dickinson, American poet (born 1830, died this date in 1886).