About May 18

May 18, 2021 is the 138th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 227 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 259 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 18

  • 1152
    Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine.
  • 1498
    Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India.
  • 1783
    First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown (later called Saint John), New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States.
  • 1812
    John Bellingham is found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.
  • 1860
    Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.
  • 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.
  • 1900
    The United Kingdom proclaims a protectorate over Tonga.
  • 1926
    Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears while visiting a Venice, California beach.
  • 1927
    After being founded for 20 years, the Government of the Republic of China approves Tongji University to be among the first national universities of the Republic of China.
  • 1944
    Deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union government.
  • 1948
    The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking.
  • 1953
    Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.
  • 1958
    An F-104 Starfighter sets a world speed record of 1,404.19 mph (2,259.82 km/h).
  • 1974
    Nuclear test: under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so.
  • 1983
    In Ireland, the government launches a crackdown, with the leading Dublin pirate Radio Nova being put off the air.
  • 1990
    In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3 km/h (320.2 mph).
  • 1991
    Northern Somalia declares independence from the rest of Somalia as the Republic of Somaliland but is not recognized by the international community.
  • 1993
    EU - riots in Nørrebro, Copenhagen caused by the approval of the four Danish exceptions in the Maastricht Treaty referendum. Police opened fire against civilians for the first time since World War II and injured 11 demonstrators. In total 113 bullets are fired.
  • 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.

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