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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
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-empire-loyalists-reach-canada

Automotive
1958 : Lotus makes Formula One debut
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/lotus-makes-formula-one-debut

Civil War
1863 : The siege of Vicksburg commences
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-siege-of-vicksburg-commences

Cold War
1989 : One million protesters take to the streets in Beijing
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/one-million-protesters-take-to-the-streets-in-beijing

Crime
1926 : Popular evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/popular-evangelist-aimee-semple-mcpherson-disappears

Disaster
1980 : Mount St. Helens erupts
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/mount-st-helens-eruption

General Interest
1860 : Lincoln nominated for presidency
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/lincoln-nominated-for-presidency
1896 : Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/supreme-court-rules-in-iplessy-v-fergusoni
1974 : India joins the nuclear club
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/india-joins-the-nuclear-club
1980 : Mount St. Helens erupts
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/mount-st-helens-erupts

Hollywood
2001 : Shrek released
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/shrek-released

Literary
1593 : Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/playwright-thomas-kyds-accusations-lead-to-an-arrest-warrant-for-christopher-marlowe

Music
1980 : Ian Curtis of Joy Division commits suicide
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ian-curtis-of-joy-division-commits-suicide

Old West
1871 : Chief Satanta massacres teamsters
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/chief-satanta-massacres-teamsters

Presidential
1861 : Newspaper report criticizes Mrs. Lincoln
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/newspaper-report-criticizes-mrs-lincoln

Sports
2004 : Randy Johnson throws perfect game at 40
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/randy-johnson-throws-perfect-game-at-40

Vietnam War
1966 : Laird charges
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/laird-charges
1969 : Communists attack Xuan Loc
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/communists-attack-xuan-loc

World War I
1917 : U.S. Congress passes Selective Service Act
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/us-congress-passes-selective-service-act

World War II
1943 : Hitler gives the order for Operation Alaric
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/hitler-gives-the-order-for-operation-alaric
1944 : Polish Corps takes Monte Cassino
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/polish-corps-takes-monte-cassino


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