What happened this day in history May 18, 1980

What are the important events that happened on May 18, 1980? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 18, 1980: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 18, 1980 is the 139th day of the year 1980 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 227 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 5, 1980 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 5,457,600 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 ‘hectatriacontaenneagon’ day.

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If a person born on this day saved a Quarter every day starting at age 3, then by now that person has accumulated $3,359.00. (Assuming this person is still alive today.)

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.

Monkey is the mythical animal and Metal is the element for this person if we consider the very old art of Chinese astrology.

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May 18, 1980 Historical Events

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    1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens: Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.
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    Gwangju Massacre: students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations calling for democratic reforms.

Who were born on May 18, 1980?

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    Aileen Campbell, Scottish politician
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    Ali Zafar, Pakistani singer and model
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    Diego Pérez, Uruguayan footballer
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    Felicia Pearson, Actress
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    Jeff Roehl, American football player
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    Matt Long, American actor
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    Reggie Evans, American basketball player

Who died on May 18, 1980?

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    Ian Curtis, English musician, singer and lyricist (Joy Division) (b. 1956)
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    Victims of Mount St. Helens eruption: David A. Johnston, U.S. volcanologist (b. 1949)
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    Victims of Mount St. Helens eruption: Harry Randall Truman (b. 1896)
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    Victims of Mount St. Helens eruption: Reid Blackburn, photojournalist for National Geographic (b. 1952)

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