On this day: May 15

Published: May 14 2013 01:56:09 PM EDT   Updated On: May 15 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - Jessica Watson
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2010: Three days before her 17th birthday, Australian sailor Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail around the world non-stop and unassisted. She had departed from Sydney on Oct. 18, 2009, and ended her journey back home.

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