(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).
(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.