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    • May 18, 1096 Crusaders massacre Jews of Worm

    • May 18, 1152 Henry II marries Eleanor of Aquitaine.

    • May 18, 1268 "The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch; Baibars' destruction of the city of Antioch was so great as to permanently negate the city's importance."

    • May 18, 1291 Sultan of Egypt & his son take last Christian stronghold of Acre

    • May 18, 1302 Trades people assault on French garrison (Brugse Metten)

    • May 18, 1385 Peace of Doornik: Gent & Louis van Thoughts

    • May 18, 1498 "Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India"

    • May 18, 1536 "Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII of England, is beheaded after being convicted for adultery"

    • May 18, 1588 The Spanish Armada sets sail for England; it is defeated by England the following August

    • May 18, 1593 Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.

    • May 18, 1596 Willem Barents leaves Amsterdam for Novaya Zemlya

    • May 18, 1619 Hugo the Great sentenced to life in prison

    • May 18, 1631 English colony Massachusetts Bay grants puritarian voting right

    • May 18, 1631 "In Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts."

    • May 18, 1631 John Winthrop is elected first governor of Massachusetts

    • May 18, 1642 Montréal Canada founded

    • May 18, 1642 The Canadian City of Montreal is founded

    • May 18, 1643 Delegates from four New England colonies meet in Boston to form a confederation

    • May 18, 1652 Rhode Island enacts first law declaring slavery illegal

    • May 18, 1652 Rhode Island passes the first law in North America making slavery illegal.

    • May 18, 1703 Dutch & English troops occupy Cologne

    • May 18, 1765 "Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec."

    • May 18, 1783 "First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States."

    • May 18, 1794 2nd battle of Bouvines (France-Austria)

    • May 18, 1803 Napoleonic Wars: The United Kingdom revokes the Treaty of Amiens and declares war on France.

    • May 18, 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate.

    • May 18, 1811 Las Piedras Battle first great military triumph of the liberating revolution of the Ro de la Plata in Uruguay leaded by Jose Artigas.

    • May 18, 1825 "Theodoros Kolokotronis, general in the Greek War of Independence is released from prison."

    • May 18, 1828 "Battle of Las Piedras, ends conflict between Uruguay & Brazil"

    • May 18, 1830 "Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for manufacture of his invention, the lawn mower"

    • May 18, 1843 United Free Church of Scotland forms

    • May 18, 1846 US troops attack Rio Grande occupying Matamoros

    • May 18, 1848 "Opening of the first German National Assembly (Nationalversammlung) in Frankfurt, Germany."

    • May 18, 1851 Amsterdam-Nieuwediep telegraph connection linked

    • May 18, 1852 Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school

    • May 18, 1860 Republican Party nominates Abraham Lincoln for president

    • May 18, 1861 Battle of Sewall's Point VA-1st Federal offense against South

    • May 18, 1863 Siege of Vicksburg MS

    • May 18, 1864 "Battle of Yellow Bayou LA (Bayou de Glaize, Old Oaks)"

    • May 18, 1866 French Government of De Putte resigns

    • May 18, 1869 Surrender and dissolution of the Ezo Republic to Japan.

    • May 18, 1869 "The Public Credit Act is passed by Ulysses S. Grant, one of his first actions as President of the United States. The Act endorsed the payment of the national debt after the American Civil War in gold currency instead of greenbacks."

    • May 18, 1876 "Wyatt Earp starts work in Dodge City, Kansas under Marshal Larry Deger."

    • May 18, 1885 Australians depart Suakin in the Sudan for Sydney

    • May 18, 1896 "Khodynka Tragedy: a mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II resulted in the deaths of 1,389 people."

    • May 18, 1896 "US Supreme court affirms ""separate but equal"" policy (Plessy v Ferguson)"

    • May 18, 1897 "Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published."

    • May 18, 1897 Irish Music Festival first held (Dublin)

    • May 18, 1899 World Goodwill Day-26 nations meet in first Hague Peace Conference

    • May 18, 1900 Britain proclaims protectorate over kingdom of Tonga

    • May 18, 1904 American Ion Perdicaris kidnapped in Morocco

    • May 18, 1906 "The Federated Boys' Clubs, later to become the Boys' Clubs of America, are organized"

    • May 18, 1910 Passage of Earth through tail of Halley's Comet causes near-panic

    • May 18, 1910 The Earth passes through the tail of Comet Halley.

    • May 18, 1911 President/dictator Jos‚ Porfirio Diaz of M‚xico term ends

    • May 18, 1912 Maurits Binger establishes 2 Dutch movie companies

    • May 18, 1915 "Major General Sir William Bridges, Commander of the First Division, Australian Imperial Force (AIF), dies of wounds inflicted at Anzac Cove on 15 May His body is buried in the grounds of the Royal Military College, Duntroon"

    • May 18, 1916 US pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft

    • May 18, 1917 US passes Selective Service act

    • May 18, 1917 World War I: The Selective Service Act of 1917 passes the U.S. Congress giving the President the power of conscription.

    • May 18, 1918 Netherlands Indian Volksraad installed in Batavia

    • May 18, 1918 TNT explosion in chemical factory in Oakdale PA kills 200

    • May 18, 1922 Dutch 2nd Chamber agrees to 48 hour work week (was 45 hours)

    • May 18, 1926 "Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears while visiting a Venice, California, beach."

    • May 18, 1927 Ritz Hotel opens in Boston

    • May 18, 1927 The Bath School Disaster: Forty-five people are killed by bombs planted by a disgruntled school-board member in Michigan.

    • May 18, 1933 New Deal: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signs an act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.

    • May 18, 1933 "Tennessee Valley Act (TVA) Act signed by FDR, to build dams"

    • May 18, 1934 Academy Award first called Oscar in print (Sidney Skolsky)

    • May 18, 1934 "Congress approves ""Lindbergh Act"", makes kidnapping a capital offense"

    • May 18, 1934 TWA begins commercial service

    • May 18, 1935 "T E Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, dies in England from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash"

    • May 18, 1940 Nazis pierce French lines on 62-mile front.

    • May 18, 1941 Italian army under General Aosta surrenders to Britain in Ethiopia

    • May 18, 1941 Jewish veterans honor their dead

    • May 18, 1943 Allied bombers attack Pantelleria in the Mediterranean Sea

    • May 18, 1944 Deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union government.

    • May 18, 1944 "Expulsion of more than 200,000 Tartars from Crimea by Soviet Union begins, they are accused of collaborating with the Germans"

    • May 18, 1944 Polish 2nd Army corps captures convent of Monte Cassino Italy

    • May 18, 1944 World War II: SS troops burn down six villages in the Brkini hills in south western Slovenia.

    • May 18, 1948 Arab Legion captures fort on Mount Scopus

    • May 18, 1948 Saudi Arabia joins invasion of Israel

    • May 18, 1948 The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking.

    • May 18, 1949 Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America incorporates

    • May 18, 1951 UN moves HQ to NYC

    • May 18, 1951 US General Collins predicts use of atom bomb in Korea

    • May 18, 1952 Professor WF Libby said Stonehedge dates back to 1848 BC

    • May 18, 1953 "Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier (she flew in a F-86 Sabrejet at an average speed of 652.337 miles per hour (1049.835 km/h) at Rogers Dry Lake, California)."

    • May 18, 1953 "The first woman to break the sound barrier (Jacqueline Cochrane, USA)"

    • May 18, 1954 European Convention on Human Rights goes into effect

    • May 18, 1955 28.7 cm rain falls at Lake Maloya NM (state record)

    • May 18, 1955 Atkinson & Depeiaza take West Indies from 6-187 to 6-494 in day vs Australia

    • May 18, 1955 Queen Juliana opens E55 fair in Amsterdam

    • May 18, 1956 Hungarian party leader Matyas R kosi enforces his own policy

    • May 18, 1956 Queen Juliana opens Rembrandt fairs in Amsterdam

    • May 18, 1958 "An F-104 Starfighter sets a world speed record of 1,404.19 mph (2,259.82 km/h)."

    • May 18, 1959 "Launching of the National Liberation Committee of Cte d'Ivoire in Conakry, Guinea."

    • May 18, 1960 Eileen Fulton begins playing Lisa on As the World Turns (for > 30 years)

    • May 18, 1961 Number one hit on UK music charts - Floyd Cramer - On The Rebound

    • May 18, 1963 """If You Wanna Be Happy"" by Jimmy Soul hits #1"

    • May 18, 1964 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on the BBC

    • May 18, 1964 Forty 40 hidden microphones are discovered in the U S embassy in Moscow

    • May 18, 1964 Supreme Court rules unconstitutional to deprive naturalized citizens of citizenship if they return to home country for more than 3 years

    • May 18, 1965 Gene Roddenberry suggests 16 names including Kirk for the Star Trek Captain

    • May 18, 1967 Number one hit on UK music charts - The Tremeloes - Silence Is Golden

    • May 18, 1967 "Tennessee Governor Ellington repeals ""Monkey Law"", upheld in 1925 Scopes Trial"

    • May 18, 1969 """Canterbury Tales"" closes at Eugene O'Neill NYC after 122 performances"

    • May 18, 1969 Apollo 10 (Stafford/Cernan/Young) launched toward lunar orbit

    • May 18, 1971 Bulgarian constitution goes into effect

    • May 18, 1971 President Nixon rejects the 60 demands of Congressional Black Caucus

    • May 18, 1971 Vampire rapist Wayne Bodens last victim found

    • May 18, 1972 """Me & The Chimp"" last airs on CBS-TV"

    • May 18, 1972 John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded

    • May 18, 1973 Russian party leader Brezhnev visits West Germany

    • May 18, 1974 """The Streak"" by Ray Stevens hits #1"

    • May 18, 1974 "Completion of the Warsaw radio mast, the tallest construction ever built at the time. It later collapses on August 8, 1991."

    • May 18, 1974 India becomes 6th nation to explode an atomic bomb

    • May 18, 1974 "Nuclear test: Under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so."

    • May 18, 1974 Number one hit on UK music charts - Rubettes - Sugar Baby Love

    • May 18, 1974 "Willemstad, Curaao Football Club: UNion DEportivo Banda Abou ""UNDEBA""(UND)have been founded."

    • May 18, 1977 A nightclub fire in Cincinnati killed 164

    • May 18, 1977 Menachem Begin becomes Israel's Prime Minister

    • May 18, 1978 Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work

    • May 18, 1980 "1980 Mount St. Helens eruption: Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage."

    • May 18, 1980 Belgium 3rd Government of Martens forms

    • May 18, 1980 Fernando Belaunde Terry elected President of Peru

    • May 18, 1980 "Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms."

    • May 18, 1980 "In Washington State, a 5.2 quake was felt (V) at Yakima and (IV) in many parts of Washington and Oregon. This earthquake occurred only seconds before the explosion which began the eruption of Mount St. Helens volcano."

    • May 18, 1980 "Mount St Helens blows its top in Washington State, 60 die"

    • May 18, 1982 Unification Church founder Reverend Sun Myung Moon convicted of tax evasion

    • May 18, 1983 "In Ireland, scene of remarkable pirate radio broadcasting during the decade, the Government launched a crackdown, with the leading Dublin pirate Radio Nova being put off the air."

    • May 18, 1983 "Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program"

    • May 18, 1985 """One Night In Bangkok"" by Murray Head hits #3"

    • May 18, 1985 "The first remote location for ""Nightline"" (South Africa)"

    • May 18, 1986 "Chung Kwung Ying does 2,750 ""atomic"" hand-stand push-ups"

    • May 18, 1986 "South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia"

    • May 18, 1989 Lisa Strawberry files for divorce from Darryl

    • May 18, 1990 """Return To Green Acres"" TV movie airs"

    • May 18, 1990 "In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record - 515.3km/h - superseding the previous record of 406.9km/h set by the German InterCityExperimental train"

    • May 18, 1990 Judy Carne arrested at JFK airport on an 11 year old drug warrant

    • May 18, 1991 Helen Sharman from Sheffield becomes the first Briton to orbit in Space

    • May 18, 1991 Northern Somalia declares independence from the rest of Somalia as the Republic of Somaliland however it is unrecognised by the international community.

    • May 18, 1991 USSR launches 2 cosmonauts to MIR space station

    • May 18, 1992 "The Archivist of the United States issues a proclamation to officially announce that the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been ratified, despite more than 200 years for completion of the ratification process by the state legislatures."

    • May 18, 1993 Danish people vote in favor of ratifying the Maastricht Treaty

    • May 18, 1993 "Italian police arrest Mafia boss Benedetto ""Nitto"" Santapaola"

    • May 18, 1994 AC Milan wins Europe Cup 1: 4-0 against Barcelona

    • May 18, 1998 "Justice Department and 20 state attorneys general sue Microsoft, charging it illegally thwarted competition to protect and extend its monopoly on software."

    • May 18, 2006 The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.

    • May 18, 2007 "The Society of Paranormal Investigators, Singapore was formed. The first registered society of this category in Singapore."







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    • May 18, 1944 Visitor posting - Polish Army captures Monte Cassino after 6 mth Allied Campaign - Poland

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