On This Day..... May 18

MAY 18TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PIZZA PARTY DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHEESE SOUFFLE DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • TSAR NICHOLAS II (1868-1918)
  • FRANK CAPRA (1897-1991)
  • PERRY COMO (1912-2001)
  • POPE JOHN PAUL II (1920-2005)
  • REGGIE JACKSON (1946, 72)
  • TINA FEY (1970, 48)
  • JACK JOHNSON (1975, 43)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1504, MICHAELANGELO’S DAVID IS PLACED ON DISPLAY AT THE PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA AFTER IT WAS REALIZED THAT IT WAS TOO HEAVY TO BE PLACED IN ITS PLANNED POSITION AT THE TOP OF THE FLORENCE CATHEDRAL
  • IN 1631, JOHN WINTHROP IS ELECTED THE FIRST GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS
  • IN 1642, MONTREAL IS FOUNDED IN QUEBEC, CANADA
  • IN 1803, BRITAIN DECLARES WAR ON FRANCE DUE TO NAPOLEON AGITATING ITALY AND SWITZERLAND
  • IN 1804, NAPOLOEN IS DECLARED EMPORER OF FRANCE
  • IN 1852, MASSACHUSETTS IS THE FIRST STATE TO MANDATE THAT ALL SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN MUST ATTEND SCHOOL
  • IN 1896, THE SUPREME COURT DECLARES IN PLESSY V. FERGUSON THAT SEPARATE BUT EQUAL IS LEGAL FOR RACIAL SEPERATION
  • IN 1896, DURING THE CORONATION OF TSAR NICHOLAS II, A MASS PANIC IN THE CROWD DURING THE CELEBRATION LEADS TO THE KHODYNKA TRAGEDY WHERE ALMOST 1,400 PEOPLE DIED
  • IN 1897, BRAM STOKER PUBLISHES “DRACULA”
  • IN 1897, HERBERT DOW OPENS THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY
  • IN 1917, CONGRESS PASSES THE SELECTIVE SERVICE ACT, WHICH ESSENTIALLY LEGALIZES THE DRAFT FOR WORLD WAR I
  • IN 1918, 200 PEOPLE DIE IN A TNT CHEMICAL PLANT EXPLOSION IN OAKDALE, PA
  • IN 1927, GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATRE OPENS IN HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA
  • IN 1927, THE RITZ HOTEL OPENS IN BOSTON
  • IN 1927, ANDREW KEHOE BLOWS UP BATH CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL IN BATH, MICHIGAN KILLING 38 CHILDREN AND TWO TEACHERS BEFORE COMITTING SUICIDE
  • IN 1933, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SIGNS THE TENNESSEE VALLEY ACT
  • IN 1933, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ANNOUNCES THE FIRST ALL STAR GAME WILL TAKE PLACE IN CHICAGO ON JULY 6TH AS PART OF THE CHICAGO WORLD FAIR
  • IN 1934, TWA BEGINS COMMERCIAL AIRLINE SERVICE
  • IN 1942, NEW YORK CITY ELIMINATES NIGHT BASEBALL GAMES FOR THE REMAINDER OF WORLD WAR II
  • IN 1960, EILEEN FULTON DEBUTS AS LISA ON “AS THE WORLD TURNS”, A CHARACTER SHE WILL PLAY FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS
  • IN 1963, JIMMY SOUL HITS #1 WITH “IF YOU WANNA BE HAPPY”
  • IN 1967, OKLAHOMA IS THE FIRST STATE TO LEGALIZE ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION
  • IN 1969, KENNEDY SPACE CENTER LAUNCHES APOLLO 10
  • IN 1970, THE BEATLES RELEASE THEIR FINAL ALBUM “LET IT BE” IN THE U.S.
  • IN 1971, PRESIDENT NIXON REJECTS A LIST OF 60 DEMANDS HE RECEIVES FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS
  • IN 1972, CBS AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “ME AND THE CHIMP”
  • IN 1972, JOHN SEBASTIAN MAKES 63 STRAIGHT FREE THROWS WHILE BLINDFOLDED
  • IN 1973, RAY STEVENS HITS #1 WITH “THE STREAK”
  • IN 1974, INDIA TESTS ITS FIRST OFFICIAL NUCLEAR BOMB
  • IN 1975, TAMMY WYNETTE HITS #1 WITH “STAND BY YOUR MAN”
  • IN 1977, MENACHEM BEGIN BECOMES PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL
  • IN 1980, 60 PEOPLE DIE WHEN MT. ST. HELENS ERUPTS IN WASHINGTON
  • IN 1980, IAN CURTIS, LEAD SINGER OF JOY DIVISION, COMMITS SUICIDE
  • IN 1982, THE REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON OF UNIFICATION CHURCH IS CONVICTED OF TAX EVASION
  • IN 1983, THE SENATE REVISES IMMIGRATION LAWS AND GIVES AMNESTY TO MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
  • IN 1985, MURRAY HEAD HITS #3 WITH “ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK”
  • IN 1985, SIMPLE MINDS HIT #1 WITH “DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME”
  • IN 1990, CBS AIRS THE MOVIE “RETURN TO GREEN ACRES”
  • IN 1992, “MURPHY BROWN” HAS HER BABY, LEADING VICE PRESIDENT DAN QUAYLE TO QUESTION THE CHARACTERS MORALS FOR HAVING A CHILD OUT OF WEDLOCK
  • IN 1993, PRESIDENT CLINTON GETS A $200 HAIRCUT ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE, CAUSING MASSIVE DELAYS AT LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
  • IN 1994, ISRAEL WITHDRAWS FROM THE GAZA STRIP
  • IN 1994, THE FLAVR SAVR, THE FIRST GENETICALLY MODIFIED TOMATO, GOES ON SALE
  • IN 1995, MEL GIBSON RELEASES “BRAVEHEART”
  • IN 1995, ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY DIES OF CANCER AT 62
  • IN 1998, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FILES ANTITRUST CHARGES AGAINST MICROSOFT
  • IN 1999, THE BACKSTREET BOYS RELEASE “MILLENNIUM”
  • IN 2001, MIKE MYERS RELEASES THE FIRST “SHREK” FILM
  • IN 2006, NBC AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “WILL AND GRACE”
  • IN 2007, AMY WINEHOUSE MARRIES BLAKE FIELDER-CIVIL AT 23
  • IN 2014, ADAM SCOTT REPLACES TIGER WOODS AS THE #1 RANKED GOLFER IN THE WORLD
  • IN 2017, ROGER AILES DIES AT 77

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