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
Constantine the Great announced free distributions of food to the citizens in Constantinople.
Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India.
Playwright Thomas Kyd’s accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.
Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec.
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.
The United Kingdom proclaims a protectorate over Tonga.
Deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union government.
Israeli spy Eli Cohen was hanged in Damascus, Syria.
Northern Somalia declares independence from the rest of Somalia as the Republic of Somaliland but is not recognized by the international community.
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?
Isabella d'Este, Marquise of Mantua (d. 1539)
George Smalridge, English bishop of Bristol (d. 1719)
King Frederick Augustus II of Saxony (d. 1854)
Walter Gropius, German architect (d. 1969)
Thomas Midgley, Jr., American chemist and inventor (d. 1944)
Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1978)
Wreckless Eric, New Wave singer/songwriter
Gary O'Neil, English footballer
Ryan Lamb, English rugby union player
Kōji Seto, Japanese actor and singer
Who died on May 18?
Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (b. 1841)
Pauline Viardot, French mezzo-soprano and composer (b. 1821)
Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer (b. 1860)
Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1845)
Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (b. 1872)
Ernie Davis, American football player (b. 1939)
Skip Stephenson, American TV personality (b. 1940)
Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian musician and arranger (b. 1946)
Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist (b. 1932)
Roderick Anthony Burton II (a.k.a. Dolla), American Rapper (b. 1987)
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