On this day: May 15

Published On: May 14 2013 12:56:09 PM CDT   Updated On: May 15 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - Wayman Tisdale
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2009: Former NBA player Wayman Tisdale dies at the age of 44 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after a two-year battle with cancer. Tisdale, the second overall pick out of the University of Oklahoma in 1985, won a gold medal as a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team and played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. Tisdale learned he had cancerous cyst below his right knee after breaking his leg in a fall at his home in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2007. He underwent chemotherapy and had his leg amputated in August 2008. Tisdale, seen here at left, was also a smooth jazz bass guitarist who had released eight albums, with 2001's "Face to Face" reaching No. 1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart.

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