About May 18

May 18, 2024 is the 139th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 227 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 256 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 18

  • 1268
    The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch.
  • 1302
    Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by members of the local Flemish militia.
  • 1756
    The Seven Years’ War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.
  • 1763
    Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec.
  • 1783
    First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown (later called Saint John), New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States.
  • 1811
    Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Río de la Plata in Uruguay led by Jose Artigas.
  • 1860
    Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.
  • 1896
    The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the “separate but equal” doctrine is constitutional.
  • 1900
    The United Kingdom proclaims a protectorate over Tonga.
  • 1910
    The Earth passes through the tail of Comet Halley.
  • 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.
  • 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
    World War II: Battle of Monte Cassino – Conclusion after seven days of the fourth battle as German paratroopers evacuate Monte Cassino.
  • 1948
    The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking.
  • 1965
    Israeli spy Eli Cohen was hanged in Damascus, Syria.
  • 1969
    Apollo program: Apollo 10 is launched.
  • 1974
    Nuclear test: under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so.
  • 2005
    A second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirms that Pluto has two additional moons: Nix and Hydra.
  • 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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