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, 27,547,200 minutes 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
In Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts.
Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Río de la Plata in Uruguay led by Jose Artigas.
John Bellingham is found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.
Opening of the first German National Assembly (Nationalversammlung) in Frankfurt, Germany.
New Deal: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union government.
World War II: Battle of Monte Cassino – Conclusion after seven days of the fourth battle as German paratroopers evacuate Monte Cassino.
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.
In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3 km/h (320.2 mph).
Northern Somalia declares independence from the rest of Somalia as the Republic of Somaliland but is not recognized by the international community.
Who were born on May 18?
Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer and music teacher (d. 1924)
Hermann Müller, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1931)
Rudolf Carnap, German philosopher (d. 1970)
Fred Perry, British former tennis player (d. 1995)
Jane Birdwood, Canadian-born British far right activist (d. 2000)
Robert Morse, American actor
Gordon O'Connor, Canadian politician
Gail Strickland, American actress
Jim Sundberg, American baseball player
Jari Kurri, Finnish ice hockey player
Who died on May 18?
Charles Hardy, British governor of Newfoundland
Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, French playwright (b. 1732)
Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator and activist (b. 1875)
Jeannette Rankin, American politician and first U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1880)
Victims of Mount St. Helens eruption: Harry Randall Truman (b. 1896)
Jill Ireland, English actress (b. 1936)
Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (b. 1933)
Maulana Yousuf Ludhianvi, Indian Muslim scholar (b. 1932)
Vladislav Terzyul, Ukrainian mountaineer (b. 1953)
Yoyoy Villame, Philippine novelty singer and movie actor (b. 1932)
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