MAY 18 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

Today in History for May 18th ~ video presented by the Associated Press

1048 – Omar Khayyám the Persian mathematician, poet, and philosopher was born on the 18th day of May in 1048 (d. 1131)

1756 – The Seven Years’ War begun when Great Britain declared war on France on the 18th day of May in 1756.

1808 – Elijah Craig the American minister, inventor, and educator, invented Bourbon whiskey died was born on the 18th day of May in 1808.

1883 – Walter Gropius the German architect who founded the Bauhaus school was born on the 18th day of May in 1883 (d. 1969).

1910 – The Earth passed through the tail of Comet Halley on the 18th day of May in 1910.

1912 – Perry Como the American singer and actor was born on the 18th day of May in 1912 (d. 2001).

1920 – Pope John Paul II was born on the 18th day of May in 1920 (d. 2005).

1931 – Don Martin the American cartoonist was born on the 18th day of May in 1931 (d. 2000).

1941 – Lobby Loyde the Australian guitarist, songwriter, and producer was born on the 18th day of May in 1941 (d. 2007).

1944 – Albert Hammond the English singer-songwriter, musician, and producer was born on the 18th day of May in 1944.

1949 – Rick Wakeman the English musician, songwriter, and composer was born on the 18th day of May in 1949.

1950 – Mark Mothersbaugh the American singer, musician, and composer from Devo was born on the 18th day of May in 1950.

1953 – Jackie Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier on the 18th day of May in 1953.

1977International Museum Day began on the 18th day of May in 1977.

1980 – Ian Curtis the English singer-songwriter from Joy Division ended his life was born on the 18th day of May in 1980 (b. 1956).

1969 – Martika the Cuban-American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress was born on the 18th day of May in 1969.

1975 – Jack Johnson the American singer-songwriter and musician was born on the 18th day of May in 1975.

1980 – Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage on the 18th day of May in 1980.

1995 – Elizabeth Montgomery the American actress died on the 18th day of May in 1995 (b. 1933).

1993 – Jessica Watson the Australian sailor was born on the 18th day of May in 1993.

1998World AIDS Vaccine Day began on the 18th day of May in 1998.

2005 – A second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirmed that Pluto had 2 additional moons named Nix and Hydra on the 18th day of May in 2005.

 

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