On this Day May 15
1896 – Seventy-three people are killed and homes and businesses are leveled when a powerful tornado churns through Sherman, Texas. The twister is believed to be a rare F5 tornado, with winds exceeding 260 miles per hour.
1930 – Ellen Church, a registered nurse and licensed pilot, becomes the world’s first airline stewardess, working Boeing Air Transport’s (predecessor to United Airlines) Oakland, California to Chicago route.
1940 – A new chapter in women’s fashion is written with the introduction of the nylon stocking, which landed on store shelves across New York City. By the end of the day, shoppers bought 780,000 pairs. By the end of the year, 64 million pairs of nylons sold.