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Saturday May 18, 2019

May 18: Day of the Week

May 18, 2019 was the 138th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 227 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.

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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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May 18 Historical Event(s)

  • 1498
    Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India.
  • 1652
    Rhode Island passes the first law in North America making slavery illegal.
  • 1860
    Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.
  • 1917
    World War I: The Selective Service Act of 1917 is passed, giving the President of the United States the power of conscription.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1990
    In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3 km/h (320.2 mph).
  • 1993
    EU - riots in Nørrebro, Copenhagen caused by the approval of the four Danish exceptions in the Maastricht Treaty referendum. Police opened fire against civilians for the first time since World War II and injured 11 demonstrators. In total 113 bullets are fired.
  • 1995
    Shawn Nelson, 35, goes on a tank rampage in San Diego.

Who were born on May 18?

  • 1851
    James Budd, Governor of California (d. 1908)
  • 1889
    Thomas Midgley, Jr., American chemist and inventor (d. 1944)
  • 1902
    Meredith Willson, American composer (d. 1984)
  • 1913
    Jane Birdwood, Canadian-born British far right activist (d. 2000)
  • 1920
    Lucia Mannucci, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • 1960
    Yannick Noah, French tennis player
  • 1962
    Sandra, German singer
  • 1963
    Marty McSorley, Canadian hockey player
  • 1980
    Diego Pérez, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1983
    Gary O'Neil, English footballer

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