18 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Wilhelm Steinitz, 1836
  • Bertrand Russell, 1872
  • Wilson Mizner, 1876
  • Walter Gropius, 1883
  • Ezio Pinza, 1892
  • Frank Capra, 1897
  • Meredith Willson, 1902
  • Jacob Javits, 1904
  • Fred Perry, 1909
  • Richard Brooks, 1912
  • Perry Como, 1913
  • Dame Margot Fonteyn, 1919
  • Pope John Paul II, 1920
  • Patrick Dennis, 1921
  • Pernell Roberts, 1928
  • Robert Morse, 1931
  • Dwayne Hickman, 1934
  • Brooks Robinson, 1937
  • Reggie Jackson, 1946
  • Rick Wakeman, 1949
  • Yannick Noah, 1960
  • Tina Fey, 1970

Died On This Day:

  • King Rupert Germany, 1410
  • Jacques Marquette, 1675
  • Pierre Augustin Beaumarchais, 1799
  • Gustav Mahler, 1911
  • Jeannette Rankin, 1973
  • Boris Chaliapin, 1979
  • William Saroyan, 1981
  • Jill Ireland, 1990
  • Alexander Gudonov, 1995
  • Ruby Dee, 2014

Today's Events:

  • 1152 - Henry II marries Eleanor of Aquitaine.
  • 1291 - Saracens defeat Christians in Acre, the last Christian stronghold in the Holy Land.
  • 1631 - First election in colonial America; John Winthrop elected Governor of Massachusetts.
  • 1642 - City of Montreal founded.
  • 1652 - Rhode Island passes the first American law making slavery illegal.
  • 1756 - Britain declares war on France.
  • 1798 - Benjamin Stoddert of Maryland becomes first Secretary of the Navy.
  • 1860 - At GOP convention in Chicago, Abraham Lincoln nominated for President.
  • 1863 - American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg begins; to continue until Confederate surrender in July.
  • 1900 - Tonga proclaimed a British protectorate.
  • 1927 - Deadliest mass murder in a US School: Andrew Kehoe sets bombs in Bath MI school killing 38 children and six adults.
  • 1933 - Tennessee Valley Authority, TVA, created in U.S. to provide electricity to rural areas.
  • 1944 - Independence of Iceland proclaimed.
  • 1953 - Pilot Jacqueline Cochran becomes first woman to fly faster than speed of sound over Edwards AFB.
  • 1980 - Mount St. Helens volcano erupts again in Washington; 670 mph avalanche kills 57.
  • 1991 - Helen Sharman becomes the first Briton in space joining Soviet cosmonauts at Mir space station.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Felix of Cantalice
  • Eric

Holiday:

  • Armed Forces Day
  • Lucky Day to marry in Shanghai
  • Flag and University Day in Haiti

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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