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Saturday, May 18, 2013

May 18 - The Day in History

May 18 : General Interest
1920: Pope John Paul II born

On May 18, 1920, Karol Jozef Wojtyla is born in the Polish town of Wadowice, 35 miles southwest of Krakow. Wojtyla went on to become Pope John Paul II, history's most well-traveled pope and the first non-Italian to hold the position since the 16th century... read more

American Revolution
1783 : United Empire Loyalists reach Canada

1958 : Lotus makes Formula One debut

Civil War
1863 : The siege of Vicksburg commences

Cold War
1989 : One million protesters take to the streets in Beijing

1926 : Popular evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears

1980 : Mount St. Helens erupts

General Interest
1860 : Lincoln nominated for presidency
1896 : Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson
1974 : India joins the nuclear club
1980 : Mount St. Helens erupts

2001 : Shrek released

1593 : Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe

1980 : Ian Curtis of Joy Division commits suicide

Old West
1871 : Chief Satanta massacres teamsters

1861 : Newspaper report criticizes Mrs. Lincoln

2004 : Randy Johnson throws perfect game at 40

Vietnam War
1966 : Laird charges
1969 : Communists attack Xuan Loc

World War I
1917 : U.S. Congress passes Selective Service Act

World War II
1943 : Hitler gives the order for Operation Alaric
1944 : Polish Corps takes Monte Cassino


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