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, 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

  • 1631
    In Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts.
  • 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.
  • 1848
    Opening of the first German National Assembly (Nationalversammlung) in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on May 18?

  • 1854
    Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer and music teacher (d. 1924)
  • 1876
    Hermann Müller, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1931)
  • 1891
    Rudolf Carnap, German philosopher (d. 1970)
  • 1909
    Fred Perry, British former tennis player (d. 1995)
  • 1913
    Jane Birdwood, Canadian-born British far right activist (d. 2000)
  • 1931
    Robert Morse, American actor
  • 1939
    Gordon O'Connor, Canadian politician
  • 1947
    Gail Strickland, American actress
  • 1951
    Jim Sundberg, American baseball player
  • 1960
    Jari Kurri, Finnish ice hockey player

Who died on May 18?

  • 1780
    Charles Hardy, British governor of Newfoundland
  • 1799
    Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, French playwright (b. 1732)
  • 1955
    Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator and activist (b. 1875)
  • 1973
    Jeannette Rankin, American politician and first U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1880)
  • 1980
    Victims of Mount St. Helens eruption: Harry Randall Truman (b. 1896)
  • 1990
    Jill Ireland, English actress (b. 1936)
  • 1995
    Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (b. 1933)
  • 2000
    Maulana Yousuf Ludhianvi, Indian Muslim scholar (b. 1932)
  • 2004
    Vladislav Terzyul, Ukrainian mountaineer (b. 1953)
  • 2007
    Yoyoy Villame, Philippine novelty singer and movie actor (b. 1932)

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