May 18, 1980 in History

Day of the Week: Sunday

Events in History

  • Belgium 3rd government of Martens forms
  • Fernando Belaunde Terry elected president of Peru
  • Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms

FireworksMount St. Helens Erupts

Mount St Helens erupts in Washington state, causing the largest landslide in history, killing 57 people and costing $1 billion in damage
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  • People's Republic of China launches 1st intercontinental rocket

Birthdays in History

  • Aileen Campbell, Scottish Politician

Deaths in History

  • David A. Johnston, a U.S. Volcanoligist was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1949)
  • Harry Truman, victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1896)
  • Reid Blackburn, a photojournalist for National Geographic was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1952)