Daily Archives: May 15, 2012

‘Ebony and Ivory’ by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder peaks at #1 in USA 30 years ago today (1982)

(Saturday, May 15, 1982) — The single Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder peaked on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart at #1 for seven weeks (May 15/22/29, June 5/12/19/26, 1982).

It was McCartney’s eighth of nine number one hits on the chart (1971-1983) since leaving The Beatles (which had 20 number one hits from 1964-1970).

It was also McCartney’s 17th of 22 top ten hits on the chart (1971-1985) since leaving The Beatles (which had 34 top ten hits from 1964-1995).

McCartney’s ‘Tug of War’ album debuts at #15 in USA 30 years ago today (1982)

Video: 'Here Today'

(Saturday, May 15, 1982) — The album Tug of War by Paul McCartney (with appearances by Stevie Wonder and Carl Perkins) debuted on today’s Billboard 200 albums chart at number 15.

The album included Here Today, a tribute to McCartney’s former songwriting partner, Ex-Beatle John Lennon, who was murdered in December 1980.

Roosevelt signs law creating Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps 70 years ago today (1942)

Video: FDR signs law creating WACs (at 5:24)

(Friday, May 15, 1942. during World War II) — President Franklin D. Roosevelt today signed a measure creating the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, whose members came to be known as WACs.

Also today: wartime gasoline rationing went into effect in 17 Eastern states, limiting sales to three gallons a week for non-essential vehicles.

Gen. Butler issues ‘Woman’s Order’ in New Orleans 150 years ago today (1862)

Video: Butler issues 'Woman's Order' (at 11:40)

(Thursday, May 15, 1862, during the American Civil War) — Gen. Benjamin Butler, military commander of New Orleans, today issued General Order No. 28 (also known as the “Woman’s Order”), declaring that any female who insulted a Union soldier by word or deed would be regarded and held liable as a prostitute (“a woman of the town plying her avocation”).

Horrified Southerners assumed the order encouraged the Federals to violate the city’s women as prostitutes.