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 - Pierre Curie
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1859: Physicist and Nobel laureate Pierre Curie is born in Paris, France. Curie won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 along with his wife, Marie Curie, and Henri Becquerel for their contributions in the discovery of radium and polonium.


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