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.
  • More Historical Events

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

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 1989 Lisa Strawberry files for divorce from husband and MLB player Darryl Strawberry (they eventually divorce 1993)
More Weddings & Divorces