What happened this day in history May 18

What are the important events that happened on May 18? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 18: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 18 is the 138th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 227 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 5, 2022 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 459,120 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectatriacontaoctagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 249 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,435 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 18 Historical Events

  • 332
    Constantine the Great announced free distributions of food to the citizens in Constantinople.
  • 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.
  • 1763
    Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec.
  • 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.
  • 1900
    The United Kingdom proclaims a protectorate over Tonga.
  • 1944
    Deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union government.
  • 1965
    Israeli spy Eli Cohen was hanged in Damascus, Syria.
  • 1991
    Northern Somalia declares independence from the rest of Somalia as the Republic of Somaliland but is not recognized by the international community.
  • 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?

  • 1474
    Isabella d'Este, Marquise of Mantua (d. 1539)
  • 1662
    George Smalridge, English bishop of Bristol (d. 1719)
  • 1797
    King Frederick Augustus II of Saxony (d. 1854)
  • 1883
    Walter Gropius, German architect (d. 1969)
  • 1889
    Thomas Midgley, Jr., American chemist and inventor (d. 1944)
  • 1901
    Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1978)
  • 1954
    Wreckless Eric, New Wave singer/songwriter
  • 1983
    Gary O'Neil, English footballer
  • 1986
    Ryan Lamb, English rugby union player
  • 1988
    Kōji Seto, Japanese actor and singer

Who died on May 18?

  • 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)
  • 1963
    Ernie Davis, American football player (b. 1939)
  • 1992
    Skip Stephenson, American TV personality (b. 1940)
  • 2000
    Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian musician and arranger (b. 1946)
  • 2007
    Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist (b. 1932)
  • 2009
    Roderick Anthony Burton II (a.k.a. Dolla), American Rapper (b. 1987)

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