Monday, June 17, 2019 (Week 25)

May 18 in History

What happened on May 18 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on may 18 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on may 18 in history.

1980
After rumbling for two months, Mount Saint Helens, in Washington, erupts 3 times in 24 hours.
1974
India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb.
1969
Two battalions of the 101st Airborne Division assault Hill 937 but cannot reach the top because of muddy conditions.
1951
The United Nations moves its headquarters to New York city.
1944
The Allies finally capture Monte Cassino in Italy.
1942
New York ends night baseball games for the rest of World War II.
1933
President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Tennessee Valley Authority Act.
1931
Japanese pilot Seiji Yoshihara crashes his plane in the Pacific Ocean while trying to be the first to cross the ocean nonstop. He is picked up seven hours later by a passing ship.
1917
The U.S. Congress passes the Selective Service act, calling up soldiers to fight World War I.
1904
Brigand Raisuli kidnaps American Ion H. Perdicaris in Morocco.
1896
The Supreme Court’s decision on Plessy v. Ferguson upholds the “separate but equal” policy in the United States.
1864
The fighting at Spotsylvania in Virginia, reaches its peak at the Bloody Angle.
1860
Abraham Lincoln is nominated for president.
1828
The Battle of Las Piedras, between Uruguay and Brazil, ends.
1804
Napoleon Bonaparte becomes the Emperor of France.
1802
Britain declares war on France.
1792
Russian troops invade Poland.
1652
A law is passed in Rhode Island banning slavery in the colonies but it causes little stir and seems unlikely to be enforced.
1643
Queen Anne, the widow of Louis XIII, is granted sole and absolute power as regent by the Paris parliament, overriding the late king’s will.

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