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May 15 in New York History

📝 On This Day 📝

Saturday, May 15, 1869 — 150 years ago

Friday, May 15, 1903 — 116 years ago

New York becomes the first state to require vehicle registration numbers, superseding a 1901 law that required drivers to put their initials on the back of their cars. Today, New York offers dozens of options for license plates, including September 11th remembrance plates, a custom New York City design, and even a $60 option to personalize your plate if you'd still like to use your initials instead of the randomly-assigned DMV code.

Thursday, May 15, 1941 — 78 years ago

Joe DiMaggio begins what would become his famous 56-game hitting streak, a Major League Baseball record that remains unbroken to this day. Over just two months, DiMaggio scored at least one hit per game, including 55 runs batted in and 15 home runs. Joe's younger brother, Dom DiMaggio, would put together a significant streak of his own eight years later when he went on a 34-game hitting streak for the Boston Red Sox, a record that still stands as the team's longest hitting streak. Amazingly, Dom DiMaggio's hitting streak ended when the Red Sox went up against the Yankees and Dom's fly ball to center field was caught by none other than his own brother, Joe!

⏰ AGBC Rewind ⏰

3 years ago
Evening Update for Sunday, May 15, 2016

🌎 World History 🌏

Library of Congress  •  New York Times  •  BBC  •  Wikipedia

🌞 Weather Records 🌞

Record High: 90°F in 1900
Record Low: 42°F in 1920

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