What happened on May 18? There are more than 288 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About May 18

May 18 In HistoryMay 18 is the 139th day of the year 2020. There are 227 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 21st week of the year 2020.

On this day in New Blaine, Arkansas 72851 sunrise occured at 06:06 AM and sunset occured at 08:14 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Taurus. The modern birthstone for this month is Emerald while the mystical birthstone is Sapphire.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 270 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For May 18

  • 332
    Constantine the Great announced free distributions of food to the citizens in Constantinople.
  • 1152
    Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine.
  • 1268
    The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch.
  • 1302
    Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by members of the local Flemish militia.
  • 1498
    Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India.
  • 1593
    Playwright Thomas Kyd’s accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.
  • 1631
    In Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts.
  • 1652
    Rhode Island passes the first law in North America making slavery illegal.
  • 1756
    The Seven Years’ War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.
  • 1763
    Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec.
  • 1783
    First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown (later called Saint John), New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States.
  • 1803
    Napoleonic Wars: The United Kingdom revokes the Treaty of Amiens and declares war on France.
  • 1804
    Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate.
  • 1811
    Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Río de la Plata in Uruguay led by Jose Artigas.
  • 1812
    John Bellingham is found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.
  • 1843
    The Disruption in Edinburgh of the Free Church of Scotland from the Church of Scotland.
  • 1848
    Opening of the first German National Assembly (Nationalversammlung) in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 1860
    Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg begins.
  • 1896
    Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people.
  • 1896
    The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the “separate but equal” doctrine is constitutional.
  • 1900
    The United Kingdom proclaims a protectorate over Tonga.
  • 1910
    The Earth passes through the tail of Comet Halley.
  • 1917
    World War I: The Selective Service Act of 1917 is passed, giving the President of the United States the power of conscription.
  • 1926
    Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears while visiting a Venice, California beach.
  • 1927
    After being founded for 20 years, the Government of the Republic of China approves Tongji University to be among the first national universities of the Republic of China.
  • 1927
    The Bath School Disaster: forty-five people are killed by bombs planted by a disgruntled school-board member in Michigan.
  • 1933
    New Deal: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.
  • 1944
    Deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union government.
  • 1944
    World War II: Battle of Monte Cassino – Conclusion after seven days of the fourth battle as German paratroopers evacuate Monte Cassino.
  • 1948
    The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking.
  • 1953
    Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.
  • 1955
    Operation Passage to Freedom, the evacuation of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War, ends.
  • 1956
    First ascent of Lhotse 8,516 meters, by a Swiss team.
  • 1958
    An F-104 Starfighter sets a world speed record of 1,404.19 mph (2,259.82 km/h).
  • 1959
    Launch of the National Liberation Committee of Côte d'Ivoire in Conakry, Guinea.
  • 1965
    Israeli spy Eli Cohen was hanged in Damascus, Syria.
  • 1969
    Apollo program: Apollo 10 is launched.
  • 1974
    Completion of the Warsaw radio mast, the tallest construction ever built at the time. It collapsed on August 8, 1991.
  • 1974
    Nuclear test: under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so.
  • 1980
    1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens: Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.
  • 1980
    Gwangju Massacre: students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations calling for democratic reforms.
  • 1983
    In Ireland, the government launches a crackdown, with the leading Dublin pirate Radio Nova being put off the air.
  • 1990
    In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3 km/h (320.2 mph).
  • 1991
    Northern Somalia declares independence from the rest of Somalia as the Republic of Somaliland but is not recognized by the international community.
  • 1993
    EU - riots in Nørrebro, Copenhagen caused by the approval of the four Danish exceptions in the Maastricht Treaty referendum. Police opened fire against civilians for the first time since World War II and injured 11 demonstrators. In total 113 bullets are fired.
  • 1995
    Shawn Nelson, 35, goes on a tank rampage in San Diego.
  • 2005
    A second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirms that Pluto has two additional moons: Nix and Hydra.
  • 2006
    The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.
  • 2009
    Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.

Who Were Born On May 18?

  • 1048
    Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, poet and philosopher (d. 1131)
  • 1186
    Konstantin of Rostov, Prince of Novgorod (d. 1218)
  • 1474
    Isabella d'Este, Marquise of Mantua (d. 1539)
  • 1610
    Stefano della Bella, Italian printmaker (d. 1664)
  • 1616
    Johann Jakob Froberger, German composer (d. 1667)
  • 1662
    George Smalridge, English bishop of Bristol (d. 1719)
  • 1692
    Joseph Butler, English bishop and philosopher (d. 1752)
  • 1711
    Ruđer Josip Bošković, Croatian atomic theorist (d. 1787)
  • 1777
    John George Children, British chemist, mineralogist and zoologist (d. 1852)
  • 1778
    Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry (d. 1854)
  • 1785
    John Wilson, Scottish writer (d. 1854)
  • 1797
    King Frederick Augustus II of Saxony (d. 1854)
  • 1822
    Mathew Brady, American photographer (d. 1896)
  • 1850
    Oliver Heaviside, English physicist (d. 1925)
  • 1851
    James Budd, Governor of California (d. 1908)
  • 1852
    Gertrude Käsebier, American photographer (d. 1934)
  • 1854
    Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer and music teacher (d. 1924)
  • 1862
    Josephus Daniels, American publisher and United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 1948)
  • 1868
    Tsar Nicholas II of Russia (d. 1918)
  • 1872
    Bertrand Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, British mathematician, writer and philosopher, Nobel laureate (d. 1970)
  • 1873
    Lucy Beaumont, English actress (d. 1937)
  • 1876
    Hermann Müller, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1931)
  • 1882
    Babe Adams, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • 1883
    Eurico Gaspar Dutra, President of Brazil (d. 1974)
  • 1883
    Walter Gropius, German architect (d. 1969)
  • 1887
    Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (d. 1946)
  • 1889
    Thomas Midgley, Jr., American chemist and inventor (d. 1944)
  • 1891
    Rudolf Carnap, German philosopher (d. 1970)
  • 1892
    Ezio Pinza, Italian-born bass (d. 1957)
  • 1895
    Augusto Nicolás Calderón Sandino, Nicaraguan revolutionary (d. 1934)
  • 1897
    Frank Capra, American film producer, director, and writer (d. 1991)
  • 1901
    Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1978)
  • 1902
    Meredith Willson, American composer (d. 1984)
  • 1904
    Jacob K. Javits, American politician (d. 1986)
  • 1905
    Hedley Verity, English cricketer (d. 1943)
  • 1907
    Carl Mydans, American photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1907
    Lincoln Stedman, American actor d. 1948
  • 1909
    Fred Perry, British former tennis player (d. 1995)
  • 1911
    Big Joe Turner, American blues singer (d. 1985)
  • 1912
    Perry Como, American singer (d. 2001)
  • 1912
    Richard Brooks, American film director, writer and producer (d. 1992)
  • 1912
    Walter Sisulu, South African anti-apartheid activist (d. 2003)
  • 1913
    Charles Trenet, French singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1913
    Jane Birdwood, Canadian-born British far right activist (d. 2000)
  • 1913
    Mary Howard de Liagre, American actress (d. 2009)
  • 1913
    Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, Indian politician (d. 1996)
  • 1914
    Pierre Balmain, French fashion designer (d. 1982)
  • 1914
    Robert J. Wilke, American actor (d. 1989)
  • 1918
    Massimo Girotti, Italian actor (d. 2003)
  • 1919
    Dame Margot Fonteyn, English ballet dancer (d. 1991)
  • 1920
    Lucia Mannucci, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • 1920
    Pope John Paul II (born Karol Józef Wojtyła) (d. 2005)
  • 1922
    Bill Macy, American actor
  • 1922
    Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (d. 2005)
  • 1922
    Kai Winding, Danish-born jazz trombonist and composer (d. 1983)
  • 1923
    Hugh Shearer, Prime Minister of Jamaica (d. 2004)
  • 1923
    Jean-Louis Roux, French Canadian actor and artistic director
  • 1924
    Jack Whitaker, American sportscaster
  • 1924
    Priscilla Pointer, American actress
  • 1926
    Dirch Passer, Danish actor (d. 1980)
  • 1928
    Pernell Roberts, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1929
    Jack Sanford, American baseball player (d. 2000)
  • 1930
    Warren Rudman, American politician
  • 1931
    Don Martin, American cartoonist (d. 2000)
  • 1931
    Robert Morse, American actor
  • 1933
    Bernadette Chirac, French politician
  • 1933
    Don Whillans, English mountaineer (d. 1985)
  • 1934
    Dwayne Hickman, American actor and television executive
  • 1936
    Ante Peterlić, Croatian film theorist (d. 2007.)
  • 1937
    Brooks Robinson, American baseball player
  • 1937
    Jacques Santer, Luxembourg statesman
  • 1938
    Joan Blackman, American actress
  • 1939
    Giovanni Falcone, Italian magistrate and Mafia victim (d. 1992)
  • 1939
    Gordon O'Connor, Canadian politician
  • 1941
    Lobby Loyde, Australian guitarist and songwriter (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (d. 2007)
  • 1941
    Miriam Margolyes, British actress
  • 1942
    Albert Hammond, British/Gibraltarian musician and composer
  • 1942
    Nobby Stiles, English footballer
  • 1943
    Jimmy Snuka, American professional wrestler
  • 1944
    W. G. Sebald, German-born writer (d. 2001)
  • 1946
    Andreas Katsulas, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1946
    Bruce Gilbert, English guitarist (Wire)
  • 1946
    Frank Hsieh, Premier of Taiwan
  • 1946
    Reggie Jackson, American baseball player
  • 1947
    Gail Strickland, American actress
  • 1947
    John Bruton, ninth Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland
  • 1948
    Tom Udall, American politician
  • 1948
    Yi Munyol, South Korean writer
  • 1949
    Bill Wallace, Canadian bassist (The Guess Who)
  • 1949
    Rick Wakeman, English composer and musician (Yes)
  • 1950
    Mark Mothersbaugh, American composer, musician, and singer (Devo)
  • 1950
    Thomas Gottschalk, German television show host
  • 1951
    Jim Sundberg, American baseball player
  • 1952
    Diane Duane, American writer
  • 1952
    George Strait, American country musician
  • 1952
    Jeana Yeager, American aviator
  • 1954
    Reinhold Heil, German composer
  • 1954
    Wreckless Eric, New Wave singer/songwriter
  • 1955
    Chow Yun-fat, Hong Kong actor
  • 1955
    Lena T. Hansson, Swedish actor
  • 1957
    Michael Cretu, Romanian-born German musician (Enigma)
  • 1958
    Toyah Willcox, English actor and singer
  • 1959
    Jay Wells, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1960
    Jari Kurri, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1960
    Yannick Noah, French tennis player
  • 1961
    Jim Bowden, American baseball executive
  • 1962
    Mike Darnell, American television executive
  • 1962
    Mike Whitmarsh, American volleyball player (d. 2009)
  • 1962
    Nanne Grönvall, Swedish singer
  • 1962
    Sandra, German singer
  • 1963
    Marty McSorley, Canadian hockey player
  • 1963
    Sam Vincent, American basketball player
  • 1965
    Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (Helloween) (d. 1995)
  • 1966
    Michael Tait, American musician (dc Talk, Tait)
  • 1967
    Heinz-Harald Frentzen, German Formula One racing driver
  • 1967
    Nancy Juvonen, American film producer
  • 1967
    Nina Björk, Swedish feminist and author
  • 1967
    Rob Base, American rapper
  • 1969
    Martika, Cuban-American singer
  • 1970
    Billy Howerdel, American guitarist (A Perfect Circle)
  • 1970
    Tim Horan, Australian rugby union player
  • 1970
    Tina Fey, American writer/actress
  • 1971
    Brad Friedel, American soccer player
  • 1971
    Desiree Horton, American helicopter pilot/television reporter
  • 1971
    Nobuteru Taniguchi, Japanese racing driver
  • 1972
    Turner Stevenson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1973
    Brian Heffron, American professional wrestler (“The Blue Meanie”)
  • 1973
    Donyell Marshall, American basketball player
  • 1974
    Nelson Figueroa, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Jack Johnson, American musician
  • 1975
    John Higgins, Scottish snooker player
  • 1976
    Marko Tomasović (composer), Croatian composer
  • 1976
    Oleg Tverdovsky, Ukrainian ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Ron Mercer, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Danny Mills, English footballer
  • 1977
    Lee Hendrie, English footballer
  • 1978
    Jessica Cutler, American author
  • 1978
    Marcus Giles, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Ricardo Carvalho, Portuguese footballer
  • 1979
    Anna Chatziathanassiou, Greek figure skater
  • 1979
    David Nail, American country singer
  • 1979
    Julián Speroni, Argentine footballer
  • 1979
    Mariusz Lewandowski, Polish footballer
  • 1979
    Michal Martikán, Slovak slalom canoeist
  • 1979
    Milivoje Novakovič, Slovenian footballer
  • 1980
    Aileen Campbell, Scottish politician
  • 1980
    Ali Zafar, Pakistani singer and model
  • 1980
    Diego Pérez, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1980
    Felicia Pearson, Actress
  • 1980
    Jeff Roehl, American football player
  • 1980
    Matt Long, American actor
  • 1980
    Reggie Evans, American basketball player
  • 1981
    Mahamadou Diarra, Malian footballer
  • 1982
    Jason Brown, English footballer
  • 1983
    Gary O'Neil, English footballer
  • 1983
    Luis Terrero, Dominican baseball player
  • 1983
    Vince Young, American football player
  • 1984
    Joakim Soria, Mexican baseball player
  • 1984
    Niki Terpstra, Dutch cyclist
  • 1985
    Dalma Kovács, Romanian singer and actress
  • 1985
    Francesca Battistelli, American singer
  • 1986
    Ahmed Hamada, Egyptian racer
  • 1986
    Ryan Lamb, English rugby union player
  • 1987
    Luisana Lopilato, Argentine actress and model
  • 1988
    Kōji Seto, Japanese actor and singer
  • 1988
    Ryan Cooley, Canadian actor
  • 1988
    Taeyang, South Korean singer (Big Bang)
  • 1990
    Gayoon, South Korean singer (4minute)
  • 1992
    Spencer Breslin, American actor
  • 1993
    Jessica Watson, Solo sailor

Who Died On May 18?

  • 1401
    Władysław Opolczyk (lang-de Ladislaus von Oppel), count palatine of Hungary 1367-1372, governor of Halych-Volhynia 1372 – 1378, count palatine of Poland
  • 1450
    Sejong the Great, king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea (b. 1397)
  • 1550
    John, Cardinal of Lorraine, French churchman (b. 1498)
  • 1551
    Domenico di Pace Beccafumi, Italian Renaissance-Mannerist painter (d. 1486)
  • 1584
    Ikeda Motosuke, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1559)
  • 1675
    Jacques Marquette, French Jesuit missionary and explorer (b. 1637)
  • 1675
    Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish Socinian theologist (b. 1623)
  • 1692
    Elias Ashmole, English antiquarian (b. 1617)
  • 1733
    Georg Böhm, German organist (b. 1761)
  • 1780
    Charles Hardy, British governor of Newfoundland
  • 1781
    Túpac Amaru II, Peruvian Indian revolutionary, a descendant of the last Inca ruler, Túpac Amaru (b. 1742)
  • 1795
    Robert Rogers, hero of the French and Indian War.
  • 1799
    Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, French playwright (b. 1732)
  • 1800
    Alexander Suvorov, Russian general (b. 1729)
  • 1807
    John Douglas, Scottish Anglican bishop and man of letters (b. 1721)
  • 1808
    Elijah Craig, American minister and inventor
  • 1829
    Maria Josepha of Saxony, queen consort of Spain (b. 1803)
  • 1844
    Richard McCarty, American politician (b. 1780)
  • 1889
    Isabella Glyn Dallas, Scottish Shakepearean actress (b. 1823)
  • 1900
    Jean Gaspard Felix Ravaisson-Mollien, French philosopher (b. 1813)
  • 1909
    George Meredith, English novelist and poet (b. 1828)
  • 1909
    Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist and composer (b. 1860)
  • 1910
    Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (b. 1841)
  • 1910
    Pauline Viardot, French mezzo-soprano and composer (b. 1821)
  • 1911
    Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer (b. 1860)
  • 1922
    Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1845)
  • 1927
    Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (b. 1872)
  • 1941
    Werner Sombart, German economist and sociologist (b. 1863)
  • 1943
    Ōnishiki Daigorō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 28th Yokozuna (b. 1883)
  • 1955
    Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator and activist (b. 1875)
  • 1956
    Maurice Tate, English cricketer (b. 1895)
  • 1958
    Jacob Fichman, Israeli poet and essayist (b. 1881)
  • 1963
    Ernie Davis, American football player (b. 1939)
  • 1967
    Andy Clyde, American actor (b. 1892)
  • 1971
    Aleksandr Gennadievich Kurosh, Russian mathematician (b. 1908)
  • 1973
    Jeannette Rankin, American politician and first U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1880)
  • 1975
    Leroy Anderson, American composer (b. 1908)
  • 1980
    Ian Curtis, English musician, singer and lyricist (Joy Division) (b. 1956)
  • 1980
    Victims of Mount St. Helens eruption: David A. Johnston, U.S. volcanologist (b. 1949)
  • 1980
    Victims of Mount St. Helens eruption: Harry Randall Truman (b. 1896)
  • 1980
    Victims of Mount St. Helens eruption: Reid Blackburn, photojournalist for National Geographic (b. 1952)
  • 1981
    Arthur O'Connell, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1981
    William Saroyan, American author (b. 1908)
  • 1988
    Daws Butler, American voice actor (b. 1916)
  • 1989
    Dorothy Ruth, American horse breeder; adopted daughter of Babe Ruth (b. 1921)
  • 1990
    Jill Ireland, English actress (b. 1936)
  • 1992
    Marshall Thompson, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 1992
    Skip Stephenson, American TV personality (b. 1940)
  • 1995
    Alexander Godunov, Russian ballet dancer and actor (b. 1949)
  • 1995
    Brinsley Le Poer Trench, British ufologist (b. 1911)
  • 1995
    Elisha Cook, Jr., American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1995
    Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (b. 1933)
  • 1997
    Bridgette Andersen, American actress (b. 1975)
  • 1999
    Augustus Pablo, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • 1999
    Betty Robinson, American runner (b. 1911)
  • 2000
    Maulana Yousuf Ludhianvi, Indian Muslim scholar (b. 1932)
  • 2000
    Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian musician and arranger (b. 1946)
  • 2002
    Davey Boy Smith, English professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 2003
    Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer (b. 1914)
  • 2003
    Barb Tarbox, Canadian anti-smoking crusader (b. 1961)
  • 2004
    Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (b. 1927)
  • 2004
    Serge Turgeon, Quebec actor and union leader (b. 1946)
  • 2004
    Vladislav Terzyul, Ukrainian mountaineer (b. 1953)
  • 2006
    Andrew Martinez, U.C. Berkeley’s “Naked Guy” and American nudism advocate(b. 1972)
  • 2007
    Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist (b. 1932)
  • 2007
    Yoyoy Villame, Philippine novelty singer and movie actor (b. 1932)
  • 2008
    Joseph Pevney, American television director (b. 1911)
  • 2009
    Roderick Anthony Burton II (a.k.a. Dolla), American Rapper (b. 1987)
  • 2009
    Velupillai Prabhakaran, Leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Ceylon (b.1954)
  • 2009
    Wayne Allwine, American voice actor (b.1947)

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