About May 18

May 18, 2020 is the 139th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 227 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 270 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.
  • 1498
    Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India.
  • 1631
    In Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts.
  • 1763
    Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec.
  • 1803
    Napoleonic Wars: The United Kingdom revokes the Treaty of Amiens and declares war on France.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1953
    Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.
  • 1959
    Launch of the National Liberation Committee of Côte d'Ivoire in Conakry, Guinea.
  • 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.
  • 1980
    Gwangju Massacre: students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations calling for democratic reforms.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    A second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirms that Pluto has two additional moons: Nix and Hydra.

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