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.
After rumbling for two months, Mount Saint Helens, in Washington, erupts 3 times in 24 hours.
India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb.
Two battalions of the 101st Airborne Division assault Hill 937 but cannot reach the top because of muddy conditions.
The United Nations moves its headquarters to New York city.
The Allies finally capture Monte Cassino in Italy.
New York ends night baseball games for the rest of World War II.
President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Tennessee Valley Authority Act.
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.
The U.S. Congress passes the Selective Service act, calling up soldiers to fight World War I.
Brigand Raisuli kidnaps American Ion H. Perdicaris in Morocco.
The Supreme Court’s decision on Plessy v. Ferguson upholds the “separate but equal” policy in the United States.
The fighting at Spotsylvania in Virginia, reaches its peak at the Bloody Angle.
Abraham Lincoln is nominated for president.
The Battle of Las Piedras, between Uruguay and Brazil, ends.
Napoleon Bonaparte becomes the Emperor of France.
Britain declares war on France.
Russian troops invade Poland.
A law is passed in Rhode Island banning slavery in the colonies but it causes little stir and seems unlikely to be enforced.
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.