Events in History on May 18

  • 1096 Crusaders massacre Jews of Worms
  • 1268 The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch.
  • 1291 Mamluk Sultan Al-Ashraf Khalil and his forces take the last Christian stronghold of Acre
  • 1302 Bruges Matins; the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by local Flemish militia.
  • 1593 Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.
  • 1596 Willem Barents leaves Amsterdam for Novaya Zemlya
  • 1619 Hugo the Great sentenced to life in prison
  • 1631 English colony Massachusetts Bay grants puritarian voting right

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1631 John Winthrop is elected 1st Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony John Winthrop
Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
John Winthrop
  • 1642 Montreal, Canada, founded
  • 1652 Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal
  • 1703 Dutch & English troops occupy Cologne
  • 1756 Great Britain declares war on France
  • 1765 Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec.
  • 1783 First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States.
  • 1794 2nd battle of Bouvines (France-Austria)

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1803 Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate
  • 1811 Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Río de la Plata in Uruguay lead by Jose Artigas.
  • 1830 Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for manufacture of his invention, lawn mower. Saturdays are destroyed forever
  • 1843 United Free Church of Scotland forms
  • 1846 US troops attack Rio Grande occupying Matamoros
  • 1848 Opening of the first German National Assembly (Nationalversammlung) in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 1851 Amsterdam-Nieuwediep telegraph connection linked
  • 1852 Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1860 Republican Party nominates Abraham Lincoln for president

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1861 Battle of Sewall's Point VA-1st Federal offense against South
  • 1861 Friedrich Hebbel's "Kriemhildes Rache" premieres in Weimar
  • 1863 Siege of Vicksburg, MS
  • 1864 Battle of Yellow Bayou, LA (Bayou de Glaize, Old Oaks)
  • 1866 French government of De Putte resigns
  • 1869 Surrender and dissolution of the Ezo Republic to Japan.
  • 1896 US Supreme court affirms legitimacy of racial separation (Plessy v Ferguson)

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1896 Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field, Moscow, during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, results in the deaths of 1,389 people

  • 1897 Paul Dukas' "L'Apprenti Sorcier Pruimtabak on the Market" premieres

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1897 "Dracula", by Irish author Bram Stoker is published by Archibald Constable and Company in London

Novelist Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker
  • 1899 World Goodwill Day-26 nations meet in 1st Hague Peace Conference
  • 1900 Britain proclaims protectorate over kingdom of Tonga
  • 1904 In Morocco, a brigand, Raizuli, kidnaps Ion H. Perdicaris, an American citizen
  • 1911 Pres/dictator Jose Porfirio Diaz of Mexico term ends
  • 1916 US pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft
  • 1916 A British Royal Inquiry into the Easter Rising in Dublin is set up in London
  • 1917 Satie/Massine/Picasso's ballet "Parade" premieres in Paris
  • 1917 US Congress passes Selective Service Act, authorizing the federal government to raise a national army for the American entry into World War I through compulsory enlistment

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1917 First units of the American Expeditionary Force, commanded by General John J. Pershing, is ordered to France

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • 1918 Dutch Indian Volksraad installed in Batavia
  • 1918 TNT explosion in chemical factory in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, kills 200
  • 1922 Dutch 2nd Chamber agrees to 48 hour work week (was 45 hrs)
  • 1924 Maya Kuzminichna Kopitseva, Gagry Russia, painter of the Leningrad school.
  • 1926 Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished in Venice California She showed up a month later & said she had been kidnapped
  • 1927 "Slide Lake" in Gros Ventre, Wyoming, collapses
  • 1927 Ritz Hotel opens in Boston
  • 1927 Bath School Disaster, Bath MI. Andrew Kehoe blows up Bath Consolidated School killing 38 children, 2 teachers.

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1933 Tennessee Valley Act (TVA) Act signed by FDR, to build dams

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1934 Academy Award 1st called Oscar in print (Sidney Skolsky)
  • 1934 Congress approves "Lindbergh Act" making kidnapping a capital offense
  • 1934 Jimmie Foxx hits 1st HR in Comiskey Park center field bleachers
  • 1934 TWA began commercial service
  • 1935 Harold Gimblett scores 123 in 80 mins on debut for Somerset
  • 1940 German troops conquer Brussels
  • 1941 An Egyptian steamer sinks
  • 1941 Italian army in Ethiopia under general Aosta surrenders to Britain
  • 1941 Jewish veterans honor their dead
  • 1943 Allied bombers attack Pantelleria, an Italian island 100 km southwest of Sicily
  • 1944 Polish 2nd Army corps captures convent of Monte Cassino, Italy
  • 1944 Expulsion of more than 200,000 Tartars from Crimea by Soviet Union begins, they are accused of collaborating with the Germans
  • 1945 Tigers & A's both have 7 straight games postponed due to rain
  • 1948 Arab Legion captures fort on Mt Scopus during Arab-Israeli war.
  • 1948 Saudi Arabia joins invasion of Israel
  • 1948 The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking.
  • 1949 Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America incorporates
  • 1950 Tommy Glaviano makes 3 consecutive errors on grounders
  • 1951 US General Collins predicts use of atom bomb in Korea

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1952 Professor WF Libby said Stonehedge dates back to 1848 BC

Chemist Willard Libby
Willard Libby
  • 1953 1st woman to break sound barrier (Jacqueline Cochrane, USA)
  • 1955 28.7 cm rain falls at Lake Maloya New Mexico (state record)
  • 1955 Atkinson & Depeiaza take WI from 6-187 to 6-494 in day v Aust
  • 1955 Queen Juliana opens E55 fair in Amsterdam
  • 1956 Hungarian party leader Matyas Rákosi enforces his own policy
  • 1956 Queen Juliana opens Rembrandt fairs in Amsterdam
  • 1960 Eillen Fulton begins playing Lisa on As the World Turns (for almost 30 yrs)
  • 1960 Jean Genet's "Le Balcon" premieres in Paris
  • 1964 US Supreme Court rules it unconstitutional to deprive naturalized citizens of citizenship if they return to home country for more than 3 years
  • 1967 Silver hits record $1.60 an ounce in London
  • 1967 Tennessee Governor Ellington approves the repeal of the Butler Act or "Monkey Law", upheld in 1925 Scopes Trial
  • 1968 Frank Howard ties AL record with HR in his 6th consecutive game his 10 home runs in the most in 6 games
  • 1969 Apollo 10 (Stafford/Cernan/Young) launched toward lunar orbit
  • 1971 4th ABA Championship: Utah Stars beat Kentucky Colonels, 4 games to 3
  • 1971 Bulgarian constitution goes into effect

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1971 US President Richard Nixon rejects 60 demands of Congressional Black Caucus

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1971 Vampire rapist Wayne Boden's last victim found
  • 1972 John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded
  • 1973 Soviet party leader Brezhnev visits West Germany
  • 1973 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Dotty Fothergill
  • 1974 India becomes 6th nation to explode an atomic bomb
  • 1974 Nigeria announces 55 percent government participation in all oil concessions

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1977 Menachem Begin becomes Prime Minister of Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • 1977 Nightclub in Cincinnati fire kills 164
  • 1978 Italy legalizes abortion
  • 1978 Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work
  • 1980 Belgium 3rd government of Martens forms
  • 1980 China PR launch 1st intercontinental rocket
  • 1980 Fernando Belaunde Terry elected president of Peru
  • 1980 Mount St Helens blows its top in Washington State, 60 die
  • 1980 Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms.
  • 1982 Unification Church founder Rev Sun Myung Moon convicted of tax evasion
  • 1983 Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program
  • 1985 1st remote location for "Nightline" (South Africa)
  • 1986 Chung Kwung Ying did 2,750 atomic hand-stand push-ups
  • 1986 South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia
  • 1986 Chung Kwung Ying did 2,750 "atomic" hand-stand push-ups
  • 1990 East and West Germany sign a monetary union treaty
  • 1990 Judy Carne arrested at JFK airport on an 11 year old drug warrant
  • 1991 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1991 USSR launches 2 cosmonauts to MIR space station
  • 1992 US Supreme Court rules states could not force mentally unstable criminal defendants to take anti-psychotic drugs
  • 1993 Danish people vote in favor of ratifying the Maastricht Treaty
  • 1993 Italian police arrest Mafia boss Benedetto "Nitto" Santapaola
  • 1994 Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip
  • 1994 Tropical Butterfly Garden at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
  • 1995 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Sandra Postma
  • 1996 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Lisa Wagner
  • 1998 United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.
  • 2001 Saudi Arabia selects the eight foreign companies to take part in its "Gas Initiative," three core venture gas projects that have an anticipated worth of $25 billion
  • 2006 The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.
  • 2009 Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
  • 2010 Police officer James Crooker is asked to leave the Red and Black Café in Portland, Oregon after co-owner John Langley claimed Crooker's uniformed presence made him uncomfortable
  • 2014 Swiss voters reject a $25 per hour minimum wage