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Today's Historical Events. What Happened This Day In History? Here is a chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened 18 May in history.

Historical Events on May 18

Date Event
332 Emperor Constantine the Great announces free distributions of food to the citizens in Constantinople.
872 Louis II of Italy is crowned for the second time as Roman Emperor at Rome, at the age of 47. His first coronation was 28 years earlier, in 844, during the reign of his father Lothair I.
1096 First Crusade: Around 800 Jews are massacred in Worms, Germany.
1152 The future Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine. He would become king 2 years later, after the death of his cousin once removed King Stephen of England.
1268 The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Siege of Antioch.
1291 Fall of Acre, the end of Crusader presence in the Holy Land.
1302 Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by members of the local Flemish militia.
1388 During the Battle of Buyur Lake, General Lan Yu leads a Chinese army forward to crush the Mongol hordes of Tögüs Temür, the Khan of Northern Yuan.
1499 Alonso de Ojeda sets sail from Cádiz on his voyage to what is now Venezuela.
1565 The Great Siege of Malta begins, in which Ottoman forces attempt and fail to conquer Malta.
1593 Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.
1631 In Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts.
1652 Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal.
1756 The Seven Years' War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.
1783 First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown (later called Saint John, New Brunswick), Canada, after leaving the United States.
1794 Battle of Tourcoing during the Flanders Campaign of the War of the First Coalition.
1803 Napoleonic Wars: The United Kingdom revokes the Treaty of Amiens and declares war on France.
1804 Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate.
1811 Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Río de la Plata in Uruguay led by José Artigas.
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.
1848 Opening of the first German National Assembly (Nationalversammlung) in Frankfurt, Germany.
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.
1896 The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the "separate but equal" doctrine is constitutional.
1896 Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people.
1900 The United Kingdom proclaims a protectorate over Tonga.
1912 The first Indian film, Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne, is released in Mumbai.
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 in Venice, California.
1927 The Bath School disaster: Forty-five people, including many children, are killed by bombs planted by a disgruntled school-board member in Michigan.
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.
1933 New Deal: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.
1944 World War II: Battle of Monte Cassino: Conclusion after seven days of the fourth battle as German paratroopers evacuate Monte Cassino.
1944 Deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union government.
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.
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 is hanged in Damascus, Syria.
1969 Apollo program: Apollo 10 is launched.
1973 Aeroflot Flight 109 is hijacked mid-flight and the aircraft is subsequently destroyed when the hijacker's bomb explodes, killing all 82 people on board.
1974 Nuclear weapons testing: Under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so.
1977 Likud party wins the 1977 Israeli legislative election, with Menachem Begin, its founder, as the sixth Prime Minister of Israel.
1980 Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.
1980 Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations calling for democratic reforms.
1990 In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3 km/h (320.2 mph).
1991 Northern Somalia declares independence from the rest of Somalia as the Republic of Somaliland but is not recognized by the international community.
1993 Riots in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, caused by the approval of the four Danish exceptions in the Maastricht Treaty referendum. Police open fire against civilians for the first time since World War II and injure 11 demonstrators.
1994 Israeli troops finish withdrawing from the Gaza Strip, ceding the area to the Palestinian National Authority to govern.
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.
2009 The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
2015 At least 78 people die in a landslide caused by heavy rains in the Colombian town of Salgar.
2018 A school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas kills 10 people.