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

  • 332
    Constantine the Great announced free distributions of food to the citizens in Constantinople.
  • 1498
    Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India.
  • 1803
    Napoleonic Wars: The United Kingdom revokes the Treaty of Amiens and declares war on France.
  • 1812
    John Bellingham is found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.
  • 1843
    The Disruption in Edinburgh of the Free Church of Scotland from the Church of Scotland.
  • 1860
    Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg begins.
  • 1917
    World War I: The Selective Service Act of 1917 is passed, giving the President of the United States the power of conscription.
  • 1926
    Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears while visiting a Venice, California beach.
  • 1933
    New Deal: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.
  • 1948
    The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking.
  • 1955
    Operation Passage to Freedom, the evacuation of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War, ends.
  • 1965
    Israeli spy Eli Cohen was hanged in Damascus, Syria.
  • 1969
    Apollo program: Apollo 10 is launched.
  • 1974
    Completion of the Warsaw radio mast, the tallest construction ever built at the time. It collapsed on August 8, 1991.
  • 1974
    Nuclear test: under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so.
  • 1980
    1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens: Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.
  • 1983
    In Ireland, the government launches a crackdown, with the leading Dublin pirate Radio Nova being put off the air.
  • 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.

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