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1968AL Kaline hits his 307th HR, surpassing Hank Greenberg as a Tiger

1977Menachem Begin becomes Prime Minister of Israel

1997Tiger Woods wins Byron Nelson Golf Classic

1896Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people.

1804Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate

1933Tennessee Valley Act (TVA) Act signed by FDR, to build dams

1952Professor WF Libby said Stonehedge dates back to 1848 BC

199743rd McDonald's LPGA Championship won by chris johnson

1803Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland

1860Republican Party nominates Abraham Lincoln for president

1990Jari Kurri sets a record for scoring in a Stanley Cup Finals game, registering three goals and two assists vs the Boston Bruins

1897Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published.

1956Mickey Mantle hits HR from both sides of plate for record 3rd time

2001DreamWorks Pictures "Shrek", starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts

May 18th Historical Events
Date Event
1096
Crusaders massacre Jews of Worms 
1268
The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch. 
1291
Sultan of Egypt & his son take last Christian stronghold of Acre 
1302
Bruges Matins; the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by local Flemish militia. 
1593
Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe. 
1596
Willem Barents leaves Amsterdam for Novaya Zemlya 
1619
Hugo the Great sentenced to life in prison 
1631
English colony Massachusetts Bay grants puritarian voting right 
1631
John Winthrop is elected 1st governor of Massachusetts 
1642
Montreal, Canada, founded 
1652
Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal 
1703
Dutch & English troops occupy Cologne 
1756
England declares war on France 
1765
Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec. 
1783
First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States. 
1794
2nd battle of Bouvines (France-Austria) 
1803
Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland 
1804
Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate 
1811
Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Río de la Plata in Uruguay lead by Jose Artigas. 
1830
Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for manufacture of his invention, lawn mower. Saturdays are destroyed forever 
1843
United Free Church of Scotland forms 
1846
US troops attack Rio Grande occupying Matamoros 
1848
Opening of the first German National Assembly (Nationalversammlung) in Frankfurt, Germany. 
1851
Amsterdam-Nieuwediep telegraph connection linked 
1852
Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school 
1860
Republican Party nominates Abraham Lincoln for president 
1861
Battle of Sewall's Point VA-1st Federal offense against South 
1861
Friedrich Hebbel's "Kriemhildes Rache" premieres in Weimar 
1863
Siege of Vicksburg, MS 
1864
Battle of Yellow Bayou, LA (Bayou de Glaize, Old Oaks) 
1866
French government of De Putte resigns 
1869
Surrender and dissolution of the Ezo Republic to Japan. 
1880
6th Kentucky Derby: George Lewis aboard Fonso wins in 2:37.5 
1887
Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le Roi Malgré Luis" premieres in Paris 
1889
Jules Massenet's opera "Esclarmonde" premieres in Paris 
1896
US Supreme court affirms race separation (Plessy v Ferguson) 
1896
Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people. 
1897
Irish Music Festival 1st held (Dublin) 
1897
American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game 
1897
Paul Dukas' "L'Apprenti Sorcier Pruimtabak on the Market" premieres 
1897
Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published. 
1899
World Goodwill Day-26 nations meet in 1st Hague Peace Conference 
1900
Britain proclaims protectorate over kingdom of Tonga 
1904
In Morocco, a brigand, Raizuli, kidnaps Ion H. Perdicaris, an American citizen 
1911
Pres/dictator Jose Porfirio Diaz of Mexico term ends 
1912
A's beat Tigers 24-2, who use amateurs protesting Ty Cobbs suspension 
1912
Maurits Binger establishes 2 Dutch movie companies 
1916
US pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft 
1916
A British Royal Inquiry into the Easter Rising in Dublin is set up in London 
1917
Satie/Massine/Picasso's ballet "Parade" premieres in Paris 
1917
US passes Selective Service act 
1918
Dutch Indian Volksraad installed in Batavia 
1918
TNT explosion in chemical factory in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, kills 200 
1920
46th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins in 1:51.6 
1922
Dutch 2nd Chamber agrees to 48 hour work week (was 45 hrs) 
1924
Maya Kuzminichna Kopitseva, Gagry Russia, painter of the Leningrad school. 
1926
Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished in Venice California She showed up a month later & said she had been kidnapped 
1927
"Slide Lake" in Gros Ventre, Wyoming, collapses 
1927
Grauman's Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood Calif 
1927
Ritz Hotel opens in Boston 
1927
Bath School Disaster, Bath MI. Andrew Kehoe blows up Bath Consolidated School killing 38 children, 2 teachers. 
1929
55th Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee on Clyde Van Dusen wins in 2:10.8 
1929
Dodgers beat Phillies 20-16 & lost 8-6 in 2nd game (record 50 runs) 
1933
Tennessee Valley Act (TVA) Act signed by FDR, to build dams 
1933
1st major league All-Star Game announced for July 6 at Comiskey Park It will be played as part of the Chicago World's Fair 
1934
Academy Award 1st called Oscar in print (Sidney Skolsky) 
1934
Congress approves "Lindbergh Act" making kidnapping a capital offense 
1934
Jimmie Foxx hits 1st HR in Comiskey Park center field bleachers 
1934
TWA began commercial service 
1935
Harold Gimblett scores 123 in 80 mins on debut for Somerset 
1940
German troops conquer Brussels 
1941
An Egyptian steamer sinks 
1941
Italian army in Ethiopia under general Aosta surrenders to Britain 
1941
Jewish veterans honor their dead 
1942
NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II 
1943
Allied bombers attack Pantelleria in the Mediterranean Sea 
1944
Polish 2nd Army corps captures convent of Monte Cassino Italy 
1944
Expulsion of more than 200,000 Tartars from Crimea by Soviet Union begins, they are accused of collaborating with the Germans 
1945
Tigers & A's both have 7 straight games postponed due to rain 
1947
A's catcher Warren Rosar catches his 147th game without an error 
1948
"Ballet Ballads" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 62 performances 
1948
Arab Legion captures fort on Mt Scopus 
1948
Saudi Arabia joins invasion of Israel 
1948
The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking. 
1949
Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America incorporates 
1950
"Liar" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances 
1950
Tommy Glaviano makes 3 consecutive errors on grounders 
1951
UN moves HQ to NYC 
1951
US General Collins predicts use of atom bomb in Korea 
1952
Professor WF Libby said Stonehedge dates back to 1848 BC 
1953
1st woman to break sound barrier (Jacqueline Cochrane, USA) 
1955
28.7 cm rain falls at Lake Maloya New Mexico (state record) 
1955
Atkinson & Depeiaza take WI from 6-187 to 6-494 in day v Aust 
1955
Queen Juliana opens E55 fair in Amsterdam 
1956
Hungarian party leader Matyas Rákosi enforces his own policy 
1956
Mickey Mantle hits HR from both sides of plate for record 3rd time 
1956
Queen Juliana opens Rembrandt fairs in Amsterdam 
1957
83rd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold Ruler wins in 1:56.2 
1958
Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open 
1959
"Castin' My Spell" by Johnny Otis Show hits #52 
1959
"Judy" by David Seville hits #86 
1959
"Russian Band Stand" by Spencer & Spencer hits #91 
1960
Eillen Fulton begins playing Lisa on As the World Turn (for > 30 yrs) 
1960
Jean Genet's "Le Balcon" premieres in Paris 
1961
"Donnybrook!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 68 performances 
1963
"Beast in Me" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 4 performances 
1963
"If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul hits #1 
1963
89th Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Candy Spots wins in 1:56.2 
1964
David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC 
1964
Supreme Court rules unconstitutional to deprive naturalized citizens of citizenship if they return to home country for more than 3 years 
1965
Gene Roddenberry suggests 16 names including Kirk for Star Trek Capt 
1965
WTAF TV channel 29 in Philadelphia, PA (IND) begins broadcasting 
1967
Silver hits record $1.60 an ounce in London 
1967
Tennessee Governor Ellington approves the repeal of the Butler Act or "Monkey Law", upheld in 1925 Scopes Trial 
1968
94th Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins in 1:56.8 
1968
AL Kaline hits his 307th HR, surpassing Hank Greenberg as a Tiger 
1968
Frank Howard ties AL record with HR in his 6th consecutive game his 10 home runs in the most in 6 games 
1969
"Canterbury Tales" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 122 perfs 
1969
Apollo 10 (Stafford/Cernan/Young) launched toward lunar orbit 
1969
Sandra Haynie wins LPGA St Louis Women's Golf Invitational 
1970
Beatles' last released LP, "Let It Be" released in US 
1971
4th ABA Championship: Utah Stars beat Kentucky Colonels, 4 games to 3 
1971
Bulgarian constitution goes into effect 
1971
Pres Nixon rejects 60 demands of Congressional Black Caucus 
1971
Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 3 
1971
Vampire rapist Wayne Bodens last victim found 
1972
"Me & The Chimp" last airs on CBS-TV 
1972
John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded 
1973
Russian party leader Brezhnev visits West Germany 
1973
WIBC Bowling Queens won by Dotty Fothergill 
1974
"Streak" by Ray Stevens hits #1 
1974
100th Preakness: Miguel Rivera aboard Current Little wins in 1:54.6 
1974
India becomes 6th nation to explode an atomic bomb 
1974
Nigeria announces 55 percent government participation in all oil concessions 
1977
Juventus wins 6th UEFA Cup at Bilbao 
1977
Menachem Begin becomes Prime Minister of Israel 
1977
Nightclub in Cincinnati fire kills 164 
1978
Italy legalizes abortion 
1978
Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work 
1980
Belgium 3rd government of Martens forms 
1980
China PR launch 1st intercontinental rocket 
1980
Donna White wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic 
1980
Fernando Belaunde Terry elected president of Peru 
1980
Mount St Helens blows its top in Washington State, 60 die 
1980
Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms. 
1982
Tigers outfielder Larry Herndon is 14th to hit 4 consecutive HRs 
1982
Unification Church founder Rev Sun Myung Moon convicted of tax evasion 
1983
Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program 
1985
"One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head hits #3 
1985
111th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tank's Prospect wins in 1:53.4 
1985
1st remote location for "Nightline" (South Africa) 
1986
"Singin' in the Rain" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 367 perfs 
1986
Becky Pearson wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic 
1986
Chung Kwung Ying did 2,750 atomic hand-stand push-ups 
1986
David Goch finishes swimming 55,682 miles in a 25-yd pool 
1986
South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia 
1986
Chung Kwung Ying did 2,750 "atomic" hand-stand push-ups 
1988
Bayer Leverkusen wins 17th UEFA Cup at Leverkusen 
1988
In just Oakland's 39th of the season, pitcher Dave Stewart breaks record with his 12th balk en route to 16 
1990
East and West Germany sign a monetary union treaty 
1990
Cubs Ryne Sandberg ends 2nd baseman record 123 errorless game streak 
1990
Judy Carne arrested at JFK airport on an 11 year old drug warrant 
1990
TV movie "Return To Green Acres" airs 
1990
Jari Kurri sets a record for scoring in a Stanley Cup Finals game, registering three goals and two assists vs the Boston Bruins 
1991
117th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 1:54 
1991
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
1991
USSR launches 2 cosmonauts to MIR space station 
1992
Supreme Court rules states could not force mentally unstable criminal defendants to take anti-psychotic drugs 
1993
Danish people vote in favor of ratifying the Maastricht Treaty 
1993
Italian police arrest Mafia boss Benedetto "Nitto" Santapaola 
1994
AC Milan wins Europe Cup 1: 4-0 against Barcelona 
1994
Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip 
1994
Tropical Butterfly Garden at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens 
1995
WIBC Bowling Queens won by Sandra Postma 
1996
122nd Preakness: Pat Day aboard Louis Quatorze wins in 1:53.2 
1996
WIBC Bowling Queens won by Lisa Wagner 
1997
"King David" opens at New Amsterdam Theater NYC 
1997
43rd McDonald's LPGA Championship won by chris johnson 
1997
Cadillac NFL Senior Golf Classic 
1997
Tiger Woods wins Byron Nelson Golf Classic 
1998
United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft. 
2001
DreamWorks Pictures "Shrek", starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts 
2001
Saudi Arabia selects the eight foreign companies to take part in its "Gas Initiative," three core venture gas projects that have an anticipated worth of $25 billion 
2006
The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country. 
2009
Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides. 
2013
RC Toulonnais defeat ASM Clermont Auvergne to win the rugby Heineken Cup final 
2013
139th Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Oxbow wins in 1:57.54 
2014
Adam Scott overtakes Tiger Woods as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world 
2016
76ers Win NBA Draft Lottery, Lakers Stay at No. 2, Keep Pick 
2016
Politics|Donald Trump Says He's Willing to Talk Directly With Kim Jong-un 
2016
Odor Suspended for 8 Games and Bautista for 1 for Brawl 
2016
US opens criminal probe into doping by Russian athletes 
2016
Obama speaks to Philippines' president-elect, stresses human rights 
2016
US Senate set to approve $1.1 billion in Zika virus funding 
2016
Canada fires cost oil sands production $985m 
2016
9/11 bill passes US Senate despite Saudi threats 
2017
Trump says Russia probe will reveal no collusion with his campaign 
2017
Ex-FBI chief Mueller named special prosecutor for Trump-Russia probe 
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