This Day for You - May 18
1980 - The eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington marked one of the largest volcanic eruptions in North American history.
1) 1868 - Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia.
2) 1872 - Bertrand Russell, renowned British philosopher and mathematician.
3) 1920 - John Paul II, Pope of the Catholic Church.
4) 1933 - H.D. Deve Gowda, Indian politician.
5) 1946 - Andreas Katsulas, American actor.
6) 1971 - Rekha, Indian actress.
7) 1988 - Zain Imam, Indian actor.
Events in History:
1) 1642 - Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve founded Montreal.
2) 1860 - Abraham Lincoln became the Republic candidate for the U.S. presidency.
3) 1883 - Walter Gropius, an influential german architect and educator, was born in Berlin.
4) 1896 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation in the Plessy v. Ferguson case provided that the provided segregated facilities were equal for all.
5) 1899 - The first of many international conferences that eventually led to the birth of the Hague Convention was held in Hague, Netherlands.
6) 1940 - Brussels fell to the invading German army during WWII.
7) 1953 - Jacqueline Cochran, an American pilot, became the first woman to break the sound barrier.
8) 1974 - The first nuclear bomb test by India was conducted in Pokhran, Rajasthan.
9) 1912 - The first Indian film, Shree Pudalik, was released.
10) 2012 - Facebook held its Initial Public Offering(IPO) and managed to raise $16 billion USD.
11) 2017 - Roger Ailes, the CEO of Fox News and an influential Republican, died, aged 77.