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.
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)
- 1498Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India.
- 1652Rhode Island passes the first law in North America making slavery illegal.
- 1860Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.
- 1917World War I: The Selective Service Act of 1917 is passed, giving the President of the United States the power of conscription.
- 1927After 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.
- 1948The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking.
- 1953Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.
- 1990In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3 km/h (320.2 mph).
- 1993EU - 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.
- 1995Shawn Nelson, 35, goes on a tank rampage in San Diego.
Who were born on May 18?
- 1851James Budd, Governor of California (d. 1908)
- 1889Thomas Midgley, Jr., American chemist and inventor (d. 1944)
- 1902Meredith Willson, American composer (d. 1984)
- 1913Jane Birdwood, Canadian-born British far right activist (d. 2000)
- 1920Lucia Mannucci, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
- 1960Yannick Noah, French tennis player
- 1962Sandra, German singer
- 1963Marty McSorley, Canadian hockey player
- 1980Diego Pérez, Uruguayan footballer
- 1983Gary O'Neil, English footballer
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