Today in History - May 18

1096 - Crusaders massacre Jews of Worms

1619 - Hugo the Great sentenced to life in prison

1631 - John Winthrop is elected 1st Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

1642 - Montreal, Canada founded

1652 - Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal

1756 - Great Britain declares war on France

1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate

1843 - United Free Church of Scotland forms

1848 - the 1st German National Assembly 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

1869 - Surrender and dissolution of the Ezo Republic to Japan

1897 - Irish Music Festival 1st held (Dublin)

1897 - "Dracula", by Irish author Bram Stoker is published by Archibald Constable and Company in London

1899 - World Goodwill Day-26 nations meet in 1st Hague Peace Conference

1911 - President Jose Porfirio Diaz of Mexico term ends

1927 - Ritz Hotel opens in Boston

1933 - Tennessee Valley Act (TVA) Act signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, to build dams

1933 - 1st major league All-Star Game

1934 - Academy Award 1st called Oscar in print

1940 - German troops conquer Brussels

1948 - Saudi Arabia joins invasion of Israel

1953 - 1st woman to break sound barrier - Jacqueline Cochran, USA



1969 - Apollo 10 launched toward lunar orbit

1971 - US President Richard Nixon rejects 60 demands of Congressional Black Caucus

1974 - India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb

1978 - Italy legalizes abortion

1980 - People's Republic of China launches 1st intercontinental rocket

1986 - South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia

1990 - East and West Germany sign a monetary union treaty

1991 - USSR launches 2 cosmonauts to MIR space station

1997 - Tiger Woods wins Byron Nelson Golf Classic

1998 - The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft

2014 - Swiss voters reject a $25 per hour minimum wage

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