On this day: May 15

POSTED: 10:56 AM PDT May 14, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 14, 2016 

Las Vegas is founded, Mickey Mouse makes his screen debut, the Soviets begin withdrawing from Afghanistan, and a 16-year-old sailor completes her solo around-the-world journey, all on this day.

OTD May 15 - Jerry Falwell
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Liberty University

2007: Evangelical fundamentalist Southern Baptist pastor Jerry Falwell, who became known for his sometimes controversial comments as a conservative political commentator, dies of cardiac arrhythmia at the age of 73 in Lynchburg, Virginia. He was the founding pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist Church, a megachurch in Lynchburg. He also founded Liberty University in 1971 and cofounded the Moral Majority in 1979.


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