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Interesting historical events that occurred on May 18…

May 17, 2012

Friday.  Thank God.  It’s been a long week…

May 18, 2012.  Here’s what  we’ve got.

1652 – Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal.

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Shawn Timothy Nelson - Tank Rampage

1860 – Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.

1863 – American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg begins.

1896 – The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the “separate but equal” doctrine is constitutional.

1910 – The Earth passes through the tail of Comet Halley.

1917 – World War I: The Selective Service Act of 1917 is passed, giving the President of the United States the power of conscription.

1927 – The Bath School Disaster: forty-five people are killed by bombs planted by a disgruntled school-board member in Michigan.

1933 – New Deal: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.

1953 – Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.

1969 – Apollo programApollo 10 is launched.

1980 – 1980 eruption of Mount St. HelensMount St. Helens erupts in WashingtonUnited States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.

1995 – Shawn Nelson, 35, goes on a tank rampage in San Diego.

2005 – A second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirms that Pluto has two additional moons: Nix and Hydra.


1912 – Perry Como, American singer (d. 2001)

1920 – Pope John Paul II (born Karol Józef Wojtyła) (d. 2005)

1946 – Reggie Jackson, American baseball player

1952 – George Strait, American country musician


1995 – Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (b. 1933)




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