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Thursday 18 May 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Events

  • 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.
  • 1980 – Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.
  • 1974 – Nuclear test: Under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so.
  • 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.
  • 1953 – Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.
  • 1948 – The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking.
  • 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.
  • 1917 – World War I: The Selective Service Act of 1917 is passed, giving the President of the United States the power of conscription.
  • 1912 – The first Indian film, Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne, is released in Mumbai.
  • 1896 – The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the "separate but equal" doctrine is constitutional.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg begins.
  • 1860 – Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.
  • 1848 – Opening of the first German National Assembly (Nationalversammlung) in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 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.
  • 1794 – Battle of Tourcoing during the Flanders Campaign of the War of the First Coalition.
  • 1783 – First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown (later called Saint John, New Brunswick), Canada, after leaving the United States.
  • 1652 – Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal.
  • 1631 – In Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts.
  • 1096 – First Crusade: Around 800 Jews are massacred in Worms, Germany.
  • 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.

Births

  • 1998 – Polina Edmunds, American figure skater
  • 1983 – Vince Young, American football player
  • 1980 – Reggie Evans, American basketball player
  • 1979 – Jens Bergensten, Swedish video game designer, co-designed Minecraft
  • 1978 – Marcus Giles, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Ron Mercer, American basketball player
  • 1975 – Jack Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1974 – Nelson Figueroa, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1973 – Donyell Marshall, American basketball player and coach
  • 1971 – Brad Friedel, American soccer player and sportscaster
  • 1970 – Billy Howerdel, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1970 – Tina Fey, American actress, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Martika, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1967 – Nancy Juvonen, American screenwriter and producer, co-founded Flower Films
  • 1966 – Michael Tait, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1963 – Sam Vincent, American basketball player and coach
  • 1953 – Alan Kupperberg, American author and illustrator (d. 2015)
  • 1952 – Diane Duane, American author and screenwriter
  • 1952 – George Strait, American singer, guitarist and producer
  • 1952 – Jeana Yeager, American pilot
  • 1951 – Jim Sundberg, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1950 – Mark Mothersbaugh, American singer-songwriter and painter
  • 1950 – Rod Milburn, American hurdler and coach (d. 1997)
  • 1948 – Joe Bonsall, American country/gospel singer
  • 1948 – Tom Udall, American lawyer and politician, 28th New Mexico Attorney General, United States Senator from New Mexico
  • 1947 – Gail Strickland, American actress
  • 1946 – Reggie Jackson, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1938 – Janet Fish, American painter and academic
  • 1937 – Brooks Robinson, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1936 – Leon Ashley, American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1934 – Dwayne Hickman, American actor and director
  • 1933 – Bernadette Chirac, French politician, First Lady of France
  • 1931 – Don Martin, American cartoonist (d. 2000)
  • 1931 – Robert Morse, American actor
  • 1930 – Fred Saberhagen, American soldier and author (d. 2007)
  • 1930 – Warren Rudman, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1929 – Jack Sanford, American baseball player and coach (d. 2000)
  • 1928 – Pernell Roberts, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1927 – Ray Nagel, American football player and coach (d. 2015)
  • 1925 – Lillian Hoban, American author and illustrator (d. 1998)
  • 1924 – Jack Whitaker, American sportscaster
  • 1924 – Priscilla Pointer, American actress
  • 1922 – Bill Macy, American actor
  • 1922 – Kai Winding, Danish-American trombonist and composer (d. 1983)
  • 1917 – Bill Everett, American author and illustrator (d. 1973)
  • 1914 – Pierre Balmain, French fashion designer, founded Balmain (d. 1982)
  • 1912 – Perry Como, American singer and television host (d. 2001)
  • 1912 – Richard Brooks, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1992)
  • 1907 – Irene Hunt, American author and educator (d. 2001)
  • 1904 – Jacob K. Javits, American colonel and politician, 58th New York Attorney General (d. 1986)
  • 1904 – Shunryū Suzuki, Japanese-American monk and educator (d. 1971)
  • 1902 – Meredith Willson, American playwright and composer (d. 1984)
  • 1901 – Vincent du Vigneaud, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1978)
  • 1897 – Frank Capra, Italian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1991)
  • 1892 – Ezio Pinza, Italian-American actor and singer (d. 1957)
  • 1891 – Rudolf Carnap, German-American philosopher and academic (d. 1970)
  • 1889 – Thomas Midgley, Jr., American chemist and engineer (d. 1944)
  • 1886 – Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (d. 1946)
  • 1883 – Walter Gropius, German-American architect, designed the John F. Kennedy Federal Building (d. 1969)
  • 1882 – Babe Adams, American baseball player, manager, and journalist (d. 1968)
  • 1873 – Lucy Beaumont, English-American actress (d. 1937)
  • 1862 – Josephus Daniels, American publisher and politician, 41st United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 1948)
  • 1855 – Francis Bellamy, American minister and author (d. 1931)
  • 1852 – Gertrude Käsebier, American photographer (d. 1934)
  • 1851 – James Budd, American lawyer and politician, 19th Governor of California (d. 1908)
  • 1835 – Charles N. Sims, American Methodist preacher and 3rd chancellor of Syracuse University (d. 1908)
  • 1822 – Mathew Brady, American photographer and journalist (d. 1896)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Chris Cornell, American singer (b. 1964)
  • 2017 – Jacque Fresco, American engineer and academic (b. 1916)
  • 2017 – Roger Ailes, American businessman (b. 1940)
  • 2015 – T. J. Moran, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – David McMillan, American football player (b. 1981)
  • 2013 – Steve Forrest, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Alan Oakley, English bicycle designer, designed the Raleigh Chopper (b. 1927)
  • 2009 – Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan rebel leader, founded the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1954)
  • 2008 – Joseph Pevney, American actor and director (b. 1911)
  • 2004 – Elvin Jones, American drummer and bandleader (b. 1927)
  • 2001 – Irene Hunt, American author and illustrator (b. 1907)
  • 2000 – Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian-American composer and musicologist (b. 1946)
  • 1999 – Betty Robinson, American runner (b. 1911)
  • 1995 – Alexander Godunov, Russian-American ballet dancer and actor (b. 1949)
  • 1995 – Elisha Cook, Jr., American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1995 – Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (b. 1933)
  • 1989 – Dorothy Ruth, American horse breeder and author (b. 1921)
  • 1981 – Arthur O'Connell, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1981 – William Saroyan, American novelist, playwright, and short story writer (b. 1908)
  • 1980 – Victims of Mount St. Helens eruption: - David A. Johnston, American volcanologist and geologist (b. 1949)
  • 1980 – Victims of Mount St. Helens eruption: - Reid Blackburn, American photographer and journalist (b. 1952)
  • 1975 – Leroy Anderson, American composer and conductor (b. 1908)
  • 1973 – Jeannette Rankin, American social worker and politician (b. 1880)
  • 1963 – Ernie Davis, American football player, coach, and manager (b. 1939)
  • 1955 – Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator and activist (b. 1875)
  • 1947 – Hal Chase, American baseball player and manager (b. 1883)
  • 1844 – Richard McCarty, American lawyer and politician (b. 1780)
  • 1808 – Elijah Craig, American minister, inventor, and educator, invented Bourbon whiskey (b. 1738)
  • 1780 – Charles Hardy, English-American admiral and politician, 29th Colonial Governor of New York (b. 1714)
  • 1675 – Jacques Marquette, French-American missionary and explorer (b. 1637)
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