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 - Mercury-Atlas 9
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1963: Mercury-Atlas 9, the final U.S. Mercury mission, launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla., with astronaut L. Gordon Cooper on board. Cooper completed 22 orbits of the Earth before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean more than 30 hours later, becoming the first American to spend more than a day in space.

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