On this day: May 15

Published On: May 14 2013 12:56:09 PM CDT   Updated On: May 15 2014 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 - Ma'alot massacre
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1974: Three armed Palestinian terrorists take more than 115 people hostage at Netiv Meir Elementary School in Ma'alot, Israel, after earlier killing five other people before reaching the school.  Most of the hostages were teenagers from a high school on a field trip who were spending the night in Ma'alot. During the ensuing standoff, the hostage-takers demanded the release of 23 Palestinian militants from Israeli prisons. The next day, Israeli soldiers stormed the school and the terrorists started killing children with grenades and automatic weapons. In total, 25 hostages, including 22 children, were killed and 68 more were hurt. The three terrorists were also killed.

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