On This Day

What Happened on May 18

Important Events

  • 1291 After 100 years of Crusader control, Acre is the last Crusader stronghold reconquered and destroyed by the Mamluks under Sultan al-Ashraf Khalil
  • 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate
  • 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
  • 1974 India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb
  • 2009 Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
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May 18 in Film & TV

  • 1927 Grauman's Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood, California

May 18 in Music

  • 1999 "Millennium" 3rd studio album by the Backstreet Boys is released - one of the best-selling albums of all time, over 30 million copies sold

May 18 in Sport

  • 1990 Edmonton right wing Jari Kurri sets record for scoring in a Stanley Cup Finals game with 3 goals and 2 assists in 7-2 win at Boston Garden

Did You Know?

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

On May 18, 1897

Would You Believe?

Academy Award 1st called Oscar in print by Sidney Skolsky

On May 18, 1934

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Famous Divorces

  • 1989 Lisa Strawberry files for divorce from Darryl
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